“Breakfast Duo”- Jarslberg + Avocado

Breakfast Duo - Baked Eggs + Avocado Tomatillo Salsa | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.com

I am a morning person. Regardless if one is a morning person or not, getting 5 people ready in the morning and out of the house on time can be a bit chaotic. Thank goodness I am organized. By the time my eldest wakes at 6:00 a.m., lunches are packed, I have read the latest news on the Huffington, and have had my first and only cup of coffee.

Eli likes his breakfast. Usually oatmeal, pancakes, eggs and omelets, and the occasional protein shake. Isaac could care less(generally a piece of fruit with almond butter or a protein shake) and Levi is easy; oatmeal or pancakes ( he LOVES his carbs). Weekends are my opportunity to make special breakfasts and baked egg dishes are high on the list. The invitation to Kitchen PLAY’s “Breakfast Duo” challenge came at the perfect time. It came during the week of Passover and during those eight days, eggs, cheese, fruit (avocado), and veggies become a huge part of our repertoire. It’s either that or matzoh and as we are primarily a gluten free home, matzohs are kept at a distance.

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Everything is better with Jarlsberg | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comThe challenge was to create something using Avocados from Mexico and Jarlsberg cheese. In our house, eggs and cheese go hand and hand, and can be found in an omelet at least one morning during the week. Baked eggs are great for a crowd and this recipe, inspired by my friend Nancy, is one of those dishes. Every year she hosts “Break Fast” on Yom Kippur for 100 people. Forget the bagels and lox, instead it is this dish that I most look forward to as I break my 24 hour fast for atoning for my “sins”.

Individual Cast Iron Skillets are must have kitchen accessory | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comThe original recipe called for jack cheese which was easily swapped out for the Jarlsberg. I introduced the use of avocados two ways. Simply on their own (perfectly good, sprinkled with a bit of Celtic sea salt) and added to a homemade, spicy tomatillo sauce. I, personally, liked the avocado-tomatillo combo, but my kids liked their avocado naked.

Portion Control - Cook in individual size cast iron skillets | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comA Sunday morning breakfast feels extra special when it is served in individual cast iron skillets. Fresh squeezed orange juice and some baked bacon on the side was a great beginning to a lazy Sunday.

Breakfast Duo Giveaway | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comIn addition to offering more tasty breakfast ideas, Avocados from Mexico has an amazing Giveaway!

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Nancy’s Baked Eggs and Chili’s


3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
5 large, organic eggs, beaten
2 1/2 ounces | 72 grams | 1/4 cup gluten free flour (or regular AP flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
3 1/2 ounces | 100 grams | 1/4 cup diced green chilis
1/2 white onion, diced and sauteed
8 ounces | 228 grams | 1 cup cottage cheese
8 ounces | 226 grams | 2 1/2 cups grated Jarlsberg cheese
2 ripe Mexican avocados, sliced into wedges.


• preheat oven to 350*. line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and place 6 – 5″ cast iron skillets on the baking sheet.
• heat a heavy duty skillet and add 1 tablespoon of butter to melt. add onions and saute until translucent, 8 – 10 minutes. set aside.
• divide the remaining two tablespoons of butter into 6 equal parts and place a piece of butter into each skillet. place in the oven for 3 minutes or until butter has melted. remove from the oven and set aside. make sure each skillets is coated well with the melted butter.
• in medium bowl, whisk eggs. set aside.
• in a large glass bowl, mix the rest of your ingredients. add the eggs and mix to combine.
• divide the mixture evenly between the 6 skillets. dot each with a little bit of additional butter.
• bake for 26 – 28 minutes or until golden brown on top and slightly bubbly.
• let cool for about 5 minutes before serving. top with avocado and enjoy!
yield: 6 servings
* if baking for a crowd, double the recipe and bake in 9″ x 13″ ceramic baking dish and bake for 45 – 50 minutes.
* can be assembled a day in advance and refrigerated. bring to room temperature before baking.

Roasted Tomatillo Sauce


1 white onion, peeled and cut in half
8 tomatillos, peeled and washed
1 Serrano chili
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup vegetable stock ( prefer homemade)
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper


• heat a large cast iron skillet. add 1 tablespoon sunflower oil. to coat pan wipe entire surface with a paper towel, making sure to cover the area with oil.
• add onion, tomatillos, Serrano chili, and garlic. cook until vegetables are charred (turning after 10 minutes) for 20 -25 minutes.
• for a milder sauce, cut Serrano chili in half and remove seeds and stem. add to a blender with the onion, tomatillos, garlic, and vegetable stock. coarsely puree.
• add salt and pepper to taste.
• can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks
yield: 1 cup

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  • Amy Tong

    I’m so NOT a morning person. But I agree with you, well organize is the key to get everyone ready in the morning. I love your Nancy’s Baked Eggs and Chili’s and I’ll definitely try the toasted tomatillo sauce.

  • Kim

    These looks quite good! Perfect breakfast to me!

  • marla

    Looks great Susan and smart way to portion control!

  • Bill Peeler

    I’m not so much a morning person as a morning *food* person. Your skillets look great – and the recipes (esp the tomatillo sauce) sound fantastic.

  • Reply

    You are well organized indeed. I have only one person and a cat and it seems to be tricky from time to time 🙂 I’ve just bought my iron frying pan and I can’t wait to use it. Your recipe will go well with it 🙂

  • The Duo Dishes

    The fact that you have 6 mini cast irons is pretty amazing in itself. Love the roasted tomatillos! We did the same for our recipe. 🙂

  • najwa kronfel

    This looks great Susan, I love the little skillets.

  • Reply

    I am unfortunately not a morning person, I’m always in awe of those who can wake up full of energy but a good breakfast like this surely helps!

  • El

    The recipe looks great. I love the avocado addition!

  • Donna W.

    I read through your post several times and could not find your clue! Help!! P.S. Your recipe looks wonderful. I love making breakfast for dinner and will try it.

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