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Frittata, hash and waffles: breakfast anytime!

Anytime breakfasts can be awesome--include this hash and homemade pancake recipe in the lineup.
Have a homemade pancake mix handy to whip up a quick anytime breakfast. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

The earthy, sweet flavours of roasted parsnips, squash, apples, and shallots contrast with savoury sausage in our Roasted Parsnip, Squash and Sausage Hash. This dish is delicious with eggs served any style and buttered toast.


8 cups cubed peeled parsnips

4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash

1½ lb (0.75 kg) turkey or chicken sausages, sliced (½ inch)

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped

1 cup diced shallots

1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary, crumbled

4 tbsp canola oil

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

2 cups brie cheese, cubed

• Preheat oven to 425°F.

 Combine parsnips, squash, sausages, apples, shallot and rosemary in a large bowl.

• Whisk oil, Dijon mustard, vinegar, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Pour over vegetables. Toss to coat.

• Spread vegetables evenly between 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Roast until vegetables are cooked through and slightly browned, about 1 hour. Toss vegetables halfway through cooking. Remove from oven. Transfer to a serving dish. Top with cheese. Serve immediately.

Yield: Makes about 14 cups.


Our Frittata with Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, and Squash may sometimes be dubbed a crustless quiche. This recipe can be served with hash browns or toast for breakfast, or a side salad for lunch or dinner.


2 cups diced thick bacon

1½ cups diced yellow onions

4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash

1 1/3 cups diced parsnips

3 cups Brussels sprouts leaves

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

12 large eggs

1 cup 10% cream

1 cup shredded apple wood-smoked cheddar, divided

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp freshly ground pepper

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp dried thyme, crumbled

• Preheat oven to 400°F.

• Heat a 12-inch cast iron frypan over medium heat. Sauté bacon until crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain off all but 1 tbsp of bacon fat from pan. Sauté onions in frypan for 1 minute. Add squash and parsnips; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add Brussels sprouts leaves and garlic; sauté for 30 seconds. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 4 minutes.

• Whisk together eggs and cream in a medium bowl. Stir in ¾ cup cheese, chili powder, pepper, salt and thyme. Pour egg mixture into frypan. Top with remaining cheese.

• Bake on middle rack until eggs are set, about 18 - 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: Serves 12.


Waffles with all the fixings can be an extra-special meal. Serve with fruit, whipped cream, syrup, and/or chocolate chips for a sweet treat, or fried chicken, bacon, and sausage for a savoury meal. Our simple Pancake and Waffle Mix makes it easy to enjoy these breakfast classics.


1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Pancake and Waffle Mix (recipe below)

1 cup (250 mL) water

2 tbsp (25 mL) butter, melted or oil

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla

1 egg, separated

Maple or pancake syrup

Place mix in a bowl. Using a spoon, make a well in centre of mix. Whisk together water, melted butter, vanilla and egg yolk until blended. Pour water mixture into well and stir just until combined.

Do not overmix. Using medium speed of an electric mixer, beat egg white until stiff peaks form. Gently fold beaten egg white into batter.

Cook in a preheated greased waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with syrup. Serves 6 - 8.




6 cups (1.5 L) flour

3 cups (750 mL) skim milk powder

1/3 cup (75 mL) sugar

1/4 cup (50 mL) baking powder

1 tbsp (15 mL) salt

Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 month. Makes about 8 cups (2 L).