Ham and Cheese Brunch Squares
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cups (8 ounces) grated Colby & Monterey Jack cheese blend, divided
1 package (22.5 ounces) frozen toaster hash brown patties, thawed (10 patties)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
8 ounces thickly sliced deli ham
4-5 green onions with tops, divided (1 cup sliced)
3 plum tomatoes
Additional coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly brush Large Bar Pan with oil using Silicone Basting Brush. Grate cheese. Crumble hash browns over bar pan; press gently into an even layer. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over hash browns. Bake 13-15 minutes or until crust starts to brown and cheese is melted.
2. Meanwhile, in Batter Bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add eggs and black pepper; whisk until smooth. On Cutting Board, coarsely chop ham. Slice green onions, reserving 1/4 cup of the tops for garnish. Place ham and remaining green onions into (8-in.) Sauté Pan; cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until hot. Stir ham mixture into egg mixture.
3. Remove bar pan from oven to Cooling Rack. Pour egg mixture over crust. Return bar pan to oven; bake 6-8 minutes or until center is set. Meanwhile, slice tomatoes in half lengthwise; scrape out seeds and dice. Remove bar pan from oven; top with remaining cheese, tomatoes and reserved green onions. Sprinkle with additional black pepper, if desired. Cut into squares and serve using Mini-Serving Spatula.
EDIT: Changed things up a little, fried crispy and crumbled bacon (yum), more green onions (8), one less hash brown pattie (9), and added tomatoes and remaining cheese before putting back into the oven so tomatoes set in the melted cheese.
Garnished with Choreg (Homemade Armenian Bread), Coffee and fresh peach Nectar.
Time for dishes and maybe go to watch the ice sculpture competition at the park.