Tuesday, February 22, 2011
CLOSED ~ Bob Evans Review and $25 Gift Card Giveaway!
I recently had the opportunity to review Bob Evans products. I have been a Bob Evans fan for about 17 years. I had never ever heard of Bob Evans until I lived in Florida. I lived on the West Coast for a long time and there are no Bob Evans restaurants there.
The first Bob Evans restaurant I ever visited was in Fort Myers, Florida. I had been dating Tom for a year or so and we went to the West Coast of Florida to stay at his mom's condo. One morning we went out to find some breakfast. He saw the Bob Evans restaurant and decided to stop in. I had no idea what to expect.
I loved it. I remember I had sausage gravy for the first time there. It was delicious and served over biscuits. We kept going back any time we visited Fort Myers. We also visited a few times for lunch when we were driving up north to visit Tom's family. I love the Bob Evans burgers!!
So when it came time to find a product to review, I immediately went for the sausage. That is my favorite Bob Evans product. I got home and I looked on the Bob Evans website for a recipe. Then I looked in my pantry and fridge and decided to get creative. Of course, if you read this blog and my personal blog, Carolyn in Carolina, you know I am the queen of willy-nilly cooking. Yes, I went willy-nilly with this recipe as well.
I found biscuit dough, apples, eggs, shredded Gouda cheese and fresh sage. I figured the Bob Evans sausage would pair fantastically with the green apples and sage. Green apples pair well with Gouda cheese. So I decided to bake little breakfast quiches. Maybe quiche isn't the right term. I guess you can say they are breakfast cups. Anyway I began the cooking.
My store out here in the boonies only had Bob Evans links and sausage patties. I bought the patties because I knew I had to break down the sausage to mix with the eggs. I took the sausage patties and crumbled them and started cooking them. When they were browned, I added chopped green apples. To get all the juicy bits off the bottom of the pan, I added a splash of cider vinegar.
Then I grabbed some eggs and mixed them with the fresh sage, Gouda cheese and I decided to add a little cheddar cheese as well. I added a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper for good measure. I added the sausage and apple mixture to the eggs and mixed well.
I took the biscuit dough and cut it into little pieces and rolled it out. I popped the dough into the mini muffin pan and baked it for about 7 minutes. When that was done, I pulled out the mini cups and filled them with the mixture. I baked them for another 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
You do not want to overcook the eggs yet you want to make sure they get cooked. Because I was using a mini muffin pan, I had to keep checking. Once they are ready take them out to cool.
I have to say that these turned out pretty darn good. The Bob Evans sausage is really delicious. I love it. There is nothing like eggs and cheese along with the sausage either. What made these super good was the apple. When I bit into one, it tasted like really good quiche. Then I would get a piece of the apple and it added a really sweet yet tarty taste to the dish. The Gouda cheese also added another layer of flavor that was fantastic!
If you never visited a Bob Evans Restaurant, then you must do so. Bob Evans also has products in grocery stores. You would be surprised what they have! Of course, they have sausage. But they also have mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, breakfast bowls, stuffing, slow roasted pot roast, slow roasted chicken, turkey, pork chops, gravies and all types of grilling sausage and so much more. The variety is endless.
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Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.
About Bob Evans Farms, Inc.
Bob Evans Farms, Inc. owns and operates full-service restaurants under the Bob Evans and Mimi’s Café brand names. At the end of the second fiscal quarter (Oct. 29, 2010), Bob Evans owned and operated 569 family restaurants in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States, while Mimi’s Café owned and operated 145 casual restaurants located in 24 states, primarily in California and other western states. Bob Evans Farms, Inc. is also a leading producer and distributor of pork sausage and a variety of complementary homestyle convenience food items under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names. For more information about Bob Evans Farms, Inc., visit www.bobevans.com.