Friday, September 27, 2013

California Hot Brown Bake

So, the other day I was on Pinterest... famous last words, right? haha

But really, I was on Pinterest the other day and came across a recipe for Kentucky Hot Brown Bake by Eat at Home and thought it looked ridiculously delicious. {ridiculously delicious is when something looks so good it makes me giggle/laugh} After reading the post I found out that the Kentucky Hot Brown Bake was inspired by the Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich {which I had never heard of before} and an Italian Layer Bake that Tiffany {the author of Eat at Home} found at Mr. Food. So, I decided to take it one more degree out {you know, like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon} and put a California spin on it.

Thus, the California Hot Brown Bake was born. And I love it. xoxo

Kinda like with my Nor-Cali Egg Rolls - I just started making a  list of ingredients that screamed "California" to me. Tomatoes, Avocados, Pesto, Chicken, Olives, Monterey Jack and Blue Cheese. Oh my word, this dish is PACKED with flavor and your tastebuds will love you forever for just one bite.

California Hot Brown Bake
1 tube refrigerated Crescent Rolls
½ cup basil pesto
2 cups cooked chicken, sliced (you can use more, it just depends on how meaty you want it)
6 slices of bacon, cooked
½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
1 large tomato, sliced
1-2 avocados, sliced (I used 1.5 - again, it just depends on your preference for avocado)
2.25 oz can sliced olives, drained
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
4 eggs, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Open and unroll crescent rolls. Place half of crescent roll dough in bottom of 8x8 baking dish. Press into corners until smooth.
3. Layer ingredients as follows: pesto, chicken, bacon, blue cheese, tomato, avocados, olives and monterey jack cheese.
4. Place other half of crescent roll dough on top and press to sides of baking dish. Pour eggs on top. (I used a pastry brush to make sure everything was evenly coated)
5. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Let cool because it’s going to be really hot. About 15-20 minutes should do the trick.
7. Slice and serve. Devour. Repeat. ;)


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