Give the Gift of Kansas! {Plus Two Easy Breakfast Recipes}

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2015 Give the Gift of Kansas Guide_Page_01 [141604]Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here in Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen! I pray that you are preparing for a blessed weekend full of family, food, and making forever memories! Tomorrow is the big Turkey Day, and for many people it also a day to get a jump start on Christmas shopping, but there is no need to get out in all that Black Friday hulabaloo when Kansas has some wonderful gifts right at your fingertips. 
This year, From the Land of Kansas is encouraging you to give the gift of Kansas! With hundreds of products made right here, you can’t go wrong sending your favorite piece of Kansas through their ecommerce site. But if you need some ideas, they have created a special Holiday Gift Giving Guide featuring 24 Kansas companies and 12 holiday recipes from Yours Truly. It’s a great interactive guide! Just download it RIGHT HERE, scroll through 24 full-color pages, and click on your favorite products right in the guide. You’ll go straight to the shopping site to buy that product, then you can have it shipped wherever you wish. I love it when technology makes my life simple!
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This is also a great way to stock up on specialty products for your holiday cooking, because let’s face it- one of the best parts of the holidays is the food! So, whether you’re bringing a side dish to Thanksgiving dinner or if you’re feeding a houseful for three days, From the Land of Kansas has you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Below, I’ve shared some delicious breakfast recipes using Kansas products that would be perfect for those special mornings with family. One is a great slow-cooker recipe so you can spend more time with your family than in the kitchen, and the other is a baked breakfast bird nest recipe that would be fun for everyone! Make them all the same or get creative and let everyone make their own. The kids will love them!
Slow Cooker Breakfast

Slow Cooker TaterTot Egg Bake

30 oz. package tater tots
1 lb. sausage, crumbled, cooked, fats drained
2 cups shredded Alma Cheese sharp cheddar
12 eggs
1 tsp. granulated onion
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
3/4 cup 2 % milk
1/4 cup milk combined with 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, mix until smooth
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a large slow cooker (at least 5 qt size), layer 1/3 of tots, 1/3 of sausage, 1/3 of cheese.  Repeat these layers twice, ending with the final layer of cheese.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs with remaining ingredients.
Pour over ingredients layers in slow cooker.
Cover slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until a knife inserted in the center of egg bake comes out clean.
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Bird Nest Cups

Bird Nest Breakfast Cups

24 oz. bag shredded hash browns
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
8 slices Fanestils’ bacon, cooked until crisp, fats drained, crumbled
12 eggs
Seasoned salt, to taste
In a large mixing bowl, combine hashbrowns with salt and pepper, along with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Divide hash brown mixture between 12 well-greased muffin tin cups, pressing hash browns down on the bottom and up a bit on the sides of each cup.  Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes on center rack of oven, until nicely browned.
Remove hashbrown cups from the oven and reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.  Place some chopped spinach and bacon into each cup, then crack an egg into each cup. Sprinkle each one with a bit of cheese.
Bake egg cups for 12-14 minutes, or until eggs are as firm and cooked as you’d like them.  Before removing cups, use a knife along the edges to loosen.
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Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli

**These recipes were featured on Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen with From the Land of Kansas, as part of WIBW 13 News This Morning, November 2015. To order your favorite From the Land of Kansas products and ingredients, visit our new ecommerce site and don’t forget to download your Kansas Gift Giving Guide!
Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. It may also contain “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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