Eggland’s Best Brinner Party: Recap, Recipes and Giveaway!


June 29, 2011 by Dana

I come from a set of mixed parents.  My mom is of one ilk.  My dad another.  They have different beliefs.  Different philosophies.  Different practices.

No, I’m not talking about religion.  Or nationality.  I’m talking about rule following.

Yes, that’s right.  Rule following.

You see, my mother is a devout rule follower.  If you tell her that she must stand on this line, with this form, and give it to this person? She’ll be there.  Completed form in hand.  Because those are the rules.

My dad?  Not so much.  He might be there.  But he would find a shorter line.  And give his form to a different person.  And have them fill it out.  And if that didn’t work?  He’d leave. Because why should he stand on a long line, just because someone says so?  He’ll figure it out on his own.

And then there’s me.  I’d like to think I fall somewhere in the middle.  For the most part, I’m totally with my dad on this one.  I mean, why should I do something a certain way just because that’s how it’s supposed to be?  Who cares?  What does that mean anyway?

But for me, (and this is where my dad and I differ) there are some exceptions.  When it comes to school or work, I follow the rules.  To a ‘t’.  Every time.  Mostly because I don’t like to get in trouble.

So when Eggland’s Best contacted me to see if I wanted to host a Brinner Party, it was an absolute no brainer.  Breakfast…. for dinner?  It’s the perfect compromise!  You’re supposed to eat breakfast for… well, breakfast… but we would be having it for dinner!  What better way to break the “rules” with no chance at all of getting in trouble, than with a delicious meal? Brilliant!

So I called a few friends, invited them over, and it was set.  Using the “Brinner in a Box” I received from Eggland’s best, I was able to create a delicious and budget friendly Brinner to remember.

The Menu:

Hummus Deviled Eggs
Savory Parmesan Crusted French Toast (recipe below)

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests (recipe below)
Homemade Breakfast Sausage
Buttermilk Biscuits

Nutella Pull Apart Bread a la mode

 The Recipes:

Today I’m going to share two of the Brinner recipes I used for my party (other than the two I linked to above).   Stay tuned for separate posts for the remaining recipes.


Savory Parmesan Crusted French Toast from Apron Strings


1 cup milk
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 day-old baguette, sliced into 8 1/2 inch slices
6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese


1.  In a loaf pan, whisk together milk and flour. Whisk in eggs and a pinch of salt.

2.  Soak bread slices two at a time in egg mixture for 10 seconds on each side.

3.  Spread cheese on a plate. Press soaked bread slices into cheese, pressing down slightly so that cheese sticks to both sides of bread slices.

4.  Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat. Lightly spray with oil and then put four bread slices in pan. Cover with a lid and let cook about one minute per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Cook remaining bread slices the same way.

5.  Serve immediately with marinara sauce for dipping.

These savory french toasts were the perfect start to my Brinner!  In addition to being extremely easy to make (I actually had everything ready beforehand and assembled/cooked them up while everyone was already over), they were absolutely delicious!  Who doesn’t like a fun appetizer to dip?


Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests adapted from Better Homes and Gardens


30-oz. pkg. refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes
3 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
14 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 


1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, the 3 beaten eggs, parsley, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Shape mixture into 12 mounds (about 1/3 cup each) on prepared baking sheet. Press the back of a tablespoon into each mound, making a nest. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and set.

2.  Meanwhile, beat together the 14 eggs, milk, the 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper with a rotary beater. In a 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat; pour in egg mixture. Cook over medium heat without stirring until mixture begins to set on the bottom and around edge.

3.  With a spatula, lift and fold the partially cooked egg mxiture so that the uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through but is still glossy and moist. Remove from heat.

4.  Spoon about 1/3 cup of egg mixture into each potato nest. Sprinkle cheese over eggs. Return to oven; bake about 2 minutes or until cheese melts. If desired, garnish with parsley. Makes: 12 servings

I have to say, as simple as they sound, these nests were probably my favorite recipe of the night.  They were so cute, simple to prepare, and tasty!  Definitely a perfect brinner dish.

Your Turn (aka. The Giveaway)

I am so glad that Eggland’s Best asked me to host this brinner party!  The food was great, the company was amazing (as always – thanks for coming, guys!), and it was a nice deviation from the norm.  In fact, Eggland’s Best was so kind, that they’re offering to send one of my lucky readers a chance to host their very own Brinner Party by sending them a Brinner in a Box as well.  The box will include:

  • 2 Free EB Dozen coupons (Any variety- classic, cage-free, or organic)
  • 1 Free EB Hard Cooked and Peeled variety coupon
  • 4 EB ramekins
  • 1 EB apron
  • 1 EB whisk
  • 1 EB spatula
  • 1 EB egg timer
  • 1 EB eco bag
  • 1 EB plush egg

To enter this Eggland’s Best giveaway, simply leave a comment answering the following question: What’s your favorite Brinner recipe?

Optional: For those that want more chances to win, leave a separate comment for each of the following things that you do for one additional entry per comment:

–  Subscribe to Food for Thought by email or subscribe to my RSS feed
–  Follow me on Twitter
–  Follow me on Facebook
–  Tweet the following:   @danacooks is hosting a #giveaway! #Win an @EgglandsBest Brinner in a Box  prize! #EBBrinner

You may enter any time until Wednesday, July 6 at midnight.  Winners will be announced on Thursday.  Good luck!

49 thoughts on “Eggland’s Best Brinner Party: Recap, Recipes and Giveaway!

  1. I LOVE breakfast for dinner! There isn’t room enough on your blog for me to list all my favorites!! I just made a rhubarb strawberry baked oatmeal that was AWESOME yesterday. I love breakfast burritos, we eat those a lot at night. My kids eat eggwiches all the time. The boys aren’t big protein eaters but they will eat eggs so they eat a lot of them! Great giveaway and your recipes look awesome!

  2. I am a subscriber. I commented throguh the wrong blog on the last post, whoops!

  3. Kate says:

    I like to make things that take longer to make that I often feel like doing in the morning, like omelettes, french toast, or waffles.

  4. I LOVE breakfast for dinner!! I’m getting so excited, I hope I win!!!

    It’s very hard to choose just one recipe, but I’m going to go with French Style Scrambled Eggs with Truffle:

    I am pretty much obsessed with eggs and will be all over a party like this :)

  5. Oh and I already subscribe to your blog!

  6. And I’m also already following you on Twitter :)

  7. Donna says:

    So happy you like the Parmesan French toast ~ and to discover your blog! Cheers!

  8. Veronica says:

    Wow, great menu! Can’t wait to see that Nutella pull-apart bread. I’m kind of afraid of it, actually. I will want it. And if I make it, I will eat it. All. Anyway, my favorite brinner recipe is just pancakes and eggs…for dinner. :)

  9. Veronica says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  10. What a great meal! I’d have to say my favorite brinner is an egg sandwich. Toast + over easy egg + butter. Simple and easy.

  11. Reeni says:

    Everything looks excellent Dana! Especially the eggs in potato nests! So cute. My favorite brinner is a cheese and veggie omelet with brown sugar bacon.

  12. Reeni says:

    I follow you on Twitter!

  13. Reeni says:

    I follow on Facebook!

  14. Reeni says:

    I tweeted!

  15. Megan says:

    I love pancakes with syrup and butter – sweet over savoury every time!

  16. That looks like so much fun. Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite meals. Everyone is always happy! Waffles are my favorite.

  17. Megan says:

    I suscribe to your blog by google reader

  18. Joanne says:

    I have to say, I’ve always loved brinner. But now I’m wondering if that’s really just the rebel in me talking and whether or not I love it just because it breaks the traditional mealtime rules. Hmm.

    I am in LOVE with that savory french toast. Swoon.

    I’m all about pancakes for brinner!

  19. Nicole says:

    I like to make different kinds of pancakes. My favorite so far are banana!

  20. Nicole says:

    I also follow you on facebook!

  21. Breakfast for dinner is the best! There is something SO satisfying about it. I love baked eggs with toast points. Mmm!

    Count me in for this awesome giveaway!

    lisagoneaussie (at)

  22. I subscribe!

    lisagoneaussie (at)

  23. I follow on twitter @littleteteatete

  24. I tweeted @littleteteatete

  25. I like on FB – Lisa P.

  26. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    How fun! My favorite brinner recipe is frittata. I can totally clean out my fridge and throw just about anything into it and it turns out delicious…. :)

  27. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  28. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I like you on Facebook :)

  29. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    You’re on my google reader :)

  30. biz319 says:

    I have never subscribed to a blog before – because I didn’t know how – but I did it! :D

    OMG, savory french toast – definitely going on my breakfast (or lunch!) menu next week. My husband can’t stand breakfast for dinner, so if I win, I’ll have to invite the neighbors over!

  31. Awesome idea, love your menu. I love a cereal bowl fro brinner somtimes when lazy

  32. That post about your mom and dad made me laugh. My husband is so like your father and likes to go against the grain while I am a STRICT rule follower and there’s never any deviation. We often butt heads about this, him wanting me to be more lax and me wanting him to do what he’s supposed to.
    Brinner is awesome! Our favorite if apple pancakes. I’m excited about trying your scrambled eggs in potato nests.
    Great giveaway, Dana!

  33. I already “Like” you on Facebook!

  34. How fun! Love those little potato nests – VERY cute! I wonder if you could use a muffin tin?! And great giveaway – my favorite brinner recipe is this one:

    Sausage & Spinach Breakfast Pie

  35. Breakfast for dinner is the best. Sounds like a fun party! The eggs in potato nests sounds delicious too.

  36. My favorite is the eggs in potato nests! Cute post!

  37. I love waffles for Brinner. Although that savory french toast sounds amazing!

  38. Peggy says:

    Breakfast for dinner is probably one of my absolute favorites! Your “brinner” sounds so good – especially those savory french toasts!

    I’d have to say I love a simple pancake breakfast for dinner meal!

  39. Liz says:

    Oh, you outdid yourself here! Each dish looks amazing! I really want your savory French toast…mmmmmm.

  40. Faith says:

    Looks like the party was a ton of fun and what a great menu! My favorite brinner recipe is poached eggs with sourdough toast for dipping — so good! :)

  41. Rachel D. says:

    My favorite is Famous Amos’s:
    Shredded Hashbrowns topped with bacon, sliced cheese, and a sunny-side up egg!

  42. Rachel D. says:

    I subscribe by email

  43. Rachel D. says:

    I follow you on Twitter @tobinsmommy08

  44. Rachel D. says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  45. Monet says:

    Such a cute post…and I can completely relate. I hope I fall somewhere in the middle too! Thank you for sharing your sweet self with me today. I’m smiling (and I’m hungry now!) I need to read your blog after I’ve had dinner :-) I hope you have a fabulous end to your week. Take care, my friend!

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