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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NO SOS! Easy Mess for Breakfast!


Mess it up the easy way! I have used this recipe for years. It can be (partially) made-ahead; Or it can be baked a whole day ahead (flavors blend overnight--just warm it slowly in an oven); it can be made in an iron skillet, electric skillet, crock-pot or the oven. 

Yes it does take a while to bake, but the aroma pulls everyone out of bed and into the kitchen without a word.

In a pan (or your iron skillet) simmer the following mess (except the shredded cheese) until heated through and bubbling:

2 cups of any kind of cooked meat (in this picture I used left-over cooked hamburger --so the prep-time was 10 min)

1 cup chopped or sliced sweet yellow onion

1- 14 oz can of ANY tomato-based salsa, fire roasted salsa, or the El Patio's...(I used, "Salsa Fresco--Salsa de Chile Fresco")

1- 4 oz can chopped jalapenos or chilies

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese--(keep this ASIDE for step three)

Remove from heat and/or keep in frig for the next day or: Place mixture into whatever you are going to bake it in.

Mix the following:

1 pkj "Jiffy" corn muffin mix (or 2 cups of made-from scratch cornbread OR 2 cups of Bisquick)

2 eggs
1/2 cup ricotta cheese, (OR: cottage cheese, or any other kind of creamy cheese that you like)

1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)


1/2-1 cup whole milk, butter milk, or 1/2 & 1/2 (add milk last--you want a pancake-like batter)

***Depending upon your altitude, you my need to adjust the milk accordingly. Higher altitudes may need more liquid.

Before Baking: Sprinkle meat mixture with sharp cheddar cheese (and/or sliced scallions)

Pour the above over the meat mixture. Cover and bake for up to 1 hour depending on altitude (knife inserted comes out clean).

Remove from oven, heat, or turn crock to low....sprinkle with any cheese-- longhorn is great.Cut, flip, and serve with salsa, picante, sour cream, jalapenos, sliced scallions, leeks, black beans, etc...

I poured the meat mixture into a baking dish and topped it with the cheddar, and then the batter

There are so many variations to this!

Meatless? No problem (use a veggie in place of meat just stir-fry it first, then simmer in salsa or fresco). 

You can use water instead of dairy, You can also substitute all the ingredients for low-fat. 

Other ingredients to add to the meat mixture: veggies, various onions and peppers, multiple kinds of meats, etc..
Other ingredients to add to the corn-bread mix: 1 can creamed corn, 1 can whole kernel corn, canned pimento, green or black olives, etc..Experiment and have fun!

Just make sure that the batter is the consistency of pancake batter before you pour it over the meat.

** This recipe can be multiplied like mad...just make sure that the batter is the right consistency.

Copyright 2012 by Soni Cido. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.


Mess hall dining dates back to the beginning of time- when everyone gathered around a fire to eat the latest kill.