Breakfast Club Sandwich

Yes, It’s another breakfast post. You all know (my southern did almost kick in with the ya’ll) how much I love a good breakfast. Recently hubby and I really wanted breakfast out, but it was the weekend and we were feeling a bit lazy, so we did delivery from one of our local restaurants. They had a breakfast club sandwich on the menu. Of course I’ve had a baby club sandwich ( or club sandwich), even a chicken club ( both are my top rated sandwiches if we are keeping score) but a breakfast club? Instead of the typical turkey and ham with bacon, lettuce and tomato this was stacked with eggs, bacon, ham, lettuce and tomato layered between the usual 3 pieces of bread, well 4 pieces of bread in this case. After we devoured it…along with a side of home fries…. I knew I had to make this one for myself.

I had some summer sausage that I really wanted to use up, so I included this in the sandwich. You can use ham, sausage patties, or any other kind of breakfast meats you prefer. Most club sandwiches are layered with 3 pieces of bread, but I did 4 because it’s more filling. This turned out to be a definite keeper. It has all of your favorite breakfast foods (well at least mine) scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and smoky sausage all nested between layers of lightly toasted bread with a schmear of mayonnaise. Throw in a side of home fries….lovingly of course…. and you have yourself one hearty breakfast.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

*sliced sandwich bread, 4 slices per sandwich

*4 slices of bacon per sandwich

*eggs, I used 5 eggs for 2 sandwiches

*1 tsp. butter

*salt and pepper to taste for the eggs

*summer sausage sliced, or any other breakfast meat that you prefer

*mayonnaise

You can pan fry the bacon, but I like to bake mine in the oven when I’m making several slices.

For the bacon:

Preheat the oven to 410°.

Cover a baking sheet with foil, this will help with the clean up later. Place a cooling rack onto the baking sheet and spray with no stick spray. Lay the bacon strips over the cooling rack.

Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the bacon is done to your liking. Carefully take the baking sheet out of the oven set aside the bacon.

For the summer sausage:

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350°

I used the toaster oven since I cooked my bacon in the oven and at a higher temperature.

Cut the sausage into slices and place them on a backing sheet lined with foil and baked for 10 to 15 minutes.

If cooking sausage patties, follow the directions on the package.

For the eggs:

Heat a non stick skillet to medium heat and add the butter. After the butter melts, whisk together the eggs and pour into the skillet.

When the eggs begin to set, with a silicon spatula push the eggs towards the center of the pan. Continue doing this until the eggs are cooked but are still soft; salt and pepper to taste.

Lightly toast the slices of bread.

To assemble the sandwich:

Spread a desired amount of mayonnaise on one piece of the toasted bread.

Add some of the scrambled eggs over the mayonnaise.

Then place two slices of bacon over the eggs.

Place another piece of the toasted bread over the bacon.

Layer the sausage over the bread

then top with another piece of toasted bread.

I know this seems like a lot, but hang in there we’re almost done.

Add 2 more slices of bacon….if you haven’t eaten all of the bacon yet…over the bread.

Then spoon more eggs over the bacon.

Spread some mayonnaise on another piece toasted bread and place over the eggs.

This is optional, cut in half, or you can get all fancy like the restaurants and cut into fourths…..yes I did that as well.

Serve with home fries, fruit or whatever you like to accompany your breakfast club sandwich.

Enjoy!

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French Toast

When I first started cooking, French toast was one of the first things that I made for myself. I was still in school….yes a young little thing, but my parents let me have some reign in the kitchen. I had eaten French toast quite a few times and I kind of knew the basics of how to make it. I didn’t have a recipe, but just sort of went all out with it. There was a little too much egg and not quite enough milk in the mixture, so it did turn out a bit…eggy, but the taste was pretty darn good considering it was my first time making it. I don’t make it very often, but I have perfected it since then.

There is something a little indulgent about eating those thick slabs of bread, coated in that sublime mixture of eggs, milk and cinnamon with a little hint of vanilla. Then they are cooked until they are golden on the outside yet still fluffy and glorious on the inside….and then…well, you know what comes next, little mounds of butter melting away while topped with some delicious, sinful maple syrup….or some really tasty pancake syrup if that’s your go-to. *sigh* I’m really wanting more of that right this minute.

The good thing about French toast, is you don’t have to wait until morning to just have it for breakfast. It makes a delightful breakfast for dinner kind of thing. Just add some crispy bacon or juicy sausage on the side and maybe some golden hash browns. Yep, I know what I’m making again very soon.

Here’s what you need:

* 6 thick slices of French or Italian bread or whatever variety of bread you prefer; It’s better if the bread is a little stale so it will hold up better in the egg-milk mixture.

*2/3 cup milk

*2 eggs

*1/2 tsp. cinnamon

*1 tsp vanilla extract

*pinch of salt

*softened butter for the skillet and for the bread

*maple or pancake syrup

*Note*

If using more than 6 slices of thick bread, I found that I had to use 3/4 cup of milk and 3 eggs.

In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.

Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tbs. of the butter.

Place the bread slices into the egg mixture quickly allowing it to coat both sides.

Place the slices into the skillet making sure not to over crowd it.

Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until the surface is golden; transfer to serving plates.

Add more butter to the skillet and continue to cook the remaining bread.

*Tip*

If you are cooking for a crowd, you can heat the oven to 200° and place the cooked bread slices on a baking sheet to keep warm.

Serve with butter and maple syrup.

Enjoy!

Air Fryer Frozen Hash Brown Patties

Hubby and I recently had breakfast for dinner and one of the side dishes were these crispy hash brown patties. I love cooking frozen hash brown patties in the air fryer. They cook faster than in the oven. It’s even better when you are in full breakfast making mode with several things going on the stove top, you can just throw them into the air fryer knowing they will come out crispy on the outside but still soft in the inside.

If you are a potato lover and a big fan of hash browns, you definitely need to give this a try. I’ve used many brands and they all have come out satisfyingly tasty.

Here’s How To Make Frozen Hash Brown Patties In The Air Fryer:

Preheat your air fryer to 400°.

Take the frozen hash brown patties out of the package and place into the basket in an even layer.

Most frozen hash brown patties already contain oil so you don’t need to add any cooking spray or brush on any extra oil.

Cook for 4 minutes then turn each patty over and continue cooking for another 4 minutes.

If you want them crispier, cook another minute or 2.

Serve while warm.

*Note*

Cooking times may vary depending on the size and the brand of your air fryer.

Enjoy!

Skillet Chorizo and Potato Breakfast Hash

This breakfast hash I made with the leftover chorizo from the previous night’s Chorizo and Potato Tacos With A Cilantro Slaw. I will admit, it was the first thing I thought about that morning. But, as most of you know, I tend to think about breakfast a lot. Hubby, however, didn’t seem to share my enthusiasm. He really isn’t a breakfast person, hence the picture showing only one serving. But of course you can double this to serve as many as you wish. Oh, and hubby might not have been excited as I was at having this for breakfast, but he did indeed have some later and declared it was really tasty.

The good thing about this dish, is that it’s all cooked in one skillet so clean up is easy. I used frozen dice potatoes because it takes less time to cook and when I’m hungry, I want breakfast done as soon as possible. Don’t you too? The potatoes cooked up nice and crisp on the outside but tender on the inside, then there’s all of that slightly spicy, slightly smoky chorizo sautéed with onions to create some drool worthy flavors. Then it’s all topped with an egg. But it’s not quite done because it’s then baked in the oven so the egg gets those nice, crispy edges, but still has that beautiful runny yolk that bathes everything in it’s velvety glory. *sigh* It was really hard not to eat it straight out of the skillet.

I must confess, as I do a lot on here, that I had some chopped cilantro all handy and ready to go over the top, but as you can see, I was so eager to dive into this that I completely forgot. I did however, remember after I started eating and added it later. I do recommend it because it does give everything a nice touch of added flavor.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

This makes 1 or 2 servings but can easily be doubled

*1 cup frozen diced potatoes; use more if this is for more servings

*1/2 small onion, chopped

*1 Tbs. canola oil

*3/4 cup chorizo precooked and chopped; I used the Colombian variety, but you can use any kind.

*salt and pepper to taste

*1 egg per person

*chopped cilantro (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a cast iron skillet add the canola oil and heat to medium high heat. When the skillet is hot add in the potatoes and the onions.

Cook stirring occasionally until the potatoes start to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add in more canola oil if the skillet becomes too dry.

Add in the chorizo and cook for another 3 minutes or until the chorizo starts to brown, stirring occasionally.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Crack an egg in the center of the skillet over the chorizo mixture. If using more than one egg, place them around with out touching.

Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the eggs.

Bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro if desired.

Serve and Enjoy!

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon On Toast

I’m a lover of breakfast. I’m sure you can tell with all the breakfasty posts that I have throughout this blog. Breakfasty…..I think that’s my new word. One of the things I enjoy eating to start off my day is scrambled eggs. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fried sunny side up egg or eggs in just about any form, but there is something so comforting and satisfying as some nice, fluffy scrambled eggs. How can it get any better than that you might ask. How about some nice, fluffy scrambled eggs piled over some crispy bacon and nestled on some buttery crunchy toast.

As I stated before the main star of this breakfast show is the scrambled eggs. I think everyone has their own way of making them. Some might say their way is the right and only way. I say as long as you and your family, friends or loved one dig your eggs, then bravo. If your scrambled eggs look like they have been a bit….well….too scrambled and sent to purgatory, keep practicing. I can tell you how I make mine and if you wish, you can try these as well. I like mine a little creamy and a little custardy with just the right amount of salt, cracked pepper and some sprinkling of chives mixed in. If you prefer your method of cooking them, then grab those eggs and let’s get cracking.

I know, I groaned a tad at that too but the end result of this breakfast should leave your taste buds groaning in delight and wanting more.

Here’s what you need:

*your favorite bread sliced to desired thickness; I used some bakery Italian bread.

*2 eggs per serving

*2 tsp. softened butter per serving for the bread

*2 TBS butter; divided

*salt and pepper to taste

*fresh of dried chives to taste

*water about 1 TBS.

*2 slices of bacon per serving cooked crisp.

Cook the bacon until crispy and drain on paper towels; set aside.

Butter the top of the bread.

Toast the bread in a toaster or like I like to do for thicker slices, in a toaster oven. When the bread is toasted, place on serving plates and add 2 strips of bacon on top of each slice; set aside.

Crack the eggs into a bowl. I like to add a little water to the eggs instead of cream or milk, about 1 Tbs. Whisk the eggs and the water together until the eggs are a little frothy.

Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add 1 Tbs of butter. When the butter is melted pour in the eggs.

Let it set for a few seconds then take a silicon or rubber spatula and start to push the edges of the eggs to the center.

Continue doing this pausing every few seconds to let the eggs settle back onto the sides of the pan.

I know it’s tempting to turn up the heat so the eggs will start to cook faster, but long and slow is really the key.

When the eggs begin to cook and stay in the middle of the pan, add in the salt, pepper, chives and the rest of the butter.

Continue gently pushing the eggs around the pan until they are almost set, but still look a little wet.

Remove the eggs from the pan and place on top of the bacon slices. The eggs will continue to cook a little bit more while out of the pan. This is why it’s good to remove the eggs from the heat while they are still a tad under so when it’s time to serve, they will be perfectly fluffy and soft.

Serve and enjoy.

Cheesy Breakfast Skillet with Steak, Scrambled Eggs and Potatoes

This breakfast skillet came about from leftovers. Yes, I had leftover steak. Those that know me might find that impossible seeing that I’m a woman who loves her steak, but I cooked ribeyes for dinner and they were huge. So the next morning needless to say, I was still craving the last of that delicious steak along with some roasted potatoes that we had on the side.

This breakfast skillet is easy to make and you can make as many servings as you want. Or you can keep it all to yourself, I won’t tell. If you don’t have leftover steak or potatoes that’s ok, you can cook them separately and then follow the rest of the recipe. It may take a little more time, but it will be worth the wait. How can you resist tender steak with crispy potatoes all folded into fluffy eggs with a touch of hot sauce and gooey cheese all nestled together to make a delicious, satisfying breakfast.

Here’s what you need:

This serves 2 but you can double it to serve more.

*2 tsp canola oil

*any cut of steak cooked the way you like it; I used ribeye. I used some leftovers that I had, but 1 steak would make 2 to 3 servings depending on the size of the steak.

*Roasted potatoes; I used leftovers but you can use frozen diced potatoes. If using diced frozen potatoes cook according to package directions

*4 eggs; I used 2 eggs per person.

*hot sauce to taste

*salt and cracked pepper to taste

*1/3 cup of shredded cheese or more to taste; I used a combination of cheddar and Colby Jack

*fresh or dried parsley for garnish (optional)

Cut steak in to pieces; set aside

Heat a medium skillet to medium high heat and add the canola oil. Add in the potatoes and cook for about 2 minutes stirring frequently. If you are using frozen potatoes, cook according to package directions.

Add in the steak.

Continue cooking for another minute or until the steak is warm. Do not cook too long or the steak will over cook.

Turn the heat down to medium. In a bowl whisk together the eggs.

Pour the eggs into the pan over the steak and potatoes.

With a spatula, start folding the eggs on and around the steak and potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

When the eggs begin to set, sprinkle on the cheese and the hot sauce.

Keep stirring the egg mixture until the eggs are no longer runny and are set, but still soft.

Place on to plates and sprinkle on the parsley and serve.

Breakfast Nachos

There are some days that I crave a big plate of nachos. I’ve had several different kinds and have really enjoyed them all. But the one kind I’ve never had is breakfast nachos. Yes, you read right breakfast nachos. Have you even heard of such a thing? I actually thought of this one Sunday morning. The first thought I had after I opened my eyes was…. I want nachos. Yes, I sometimes think about food right when I wake up…..don’t you? My second thought was, but I should be eating something that’s breakfasty…..is that even a word? If it’s not it should be. Anyway, my third thought was, why can’t I turn breakfast foods into nachos. Out of curiosity, I looked up to see if breakfast nachos was a thing. It turns out that yes, there is such a thing. One thing about nachos, you can make them your own….the tortillas are your blank canvas, just add all of your favorite goodies that make your taste buds sing.

So for these breakfast nachos I started with one of my favorite brand of tortilla chips, then piled on some fluffy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon….can’t forget the cheese. I threw it in the oven to get all of that cheese all melted and for all the flavors to come together for each tasty bite. I then topped it off with some salsa and sour cream.

This is something that you can add some of your favorite breakfast ideas as well, This will even be great for brunch. Make as little or as much as you like. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so there is your reason to indulge a bit for your morning meal.

Here’s what you need:

These served 2, but you can always add more to double the servings.

*Tortilla chip; about 1/4 of a bag

*4 large eggs

*2 tsp. butter

*salt and pepper to taste

*4 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumble

*1/2 cup shredded cheese; I used a cheddar Colby jack blend.

*salsa your favorite brand mild, medium or hot

*sour cream

*dried or fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°

Spray a baking sheet with no stick spray or line with parchment paper.

Spread tortilla chips on to the baking sheet .

Sprinkle half of the cheese over the tortillas chips; set aside.

Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add the butter.

Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk until a light froth starts to form.

Pour the eggs into the pan. With a spatula, start to pull the eggs inward when it begins to set.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep lightly pulling the eggs across the pan until they are fully set but still moist and fluffy.

Break up the eggs and spread across the tortilla chips and cheese then add the bacon.

Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the eggs and bacon.

Bake for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the tortilla chips start to toast.

Top with salsa, sour cream and cilantro.

Serve and enjoy!

Skillet Potato and Bacon Breakfast Scramble

I love breakfast. Pancakes are great, but give me some eggs, fried potatoes and bacon….throw in a biscuit and I’m in heaven. This breakfast scramble meets all of those requirements and more. It has golden diced potatoes, crispy bacon, chives and some tasty Gruyere cheese all tossed together with some fluffy scrambled eggs. Not only does this make a hearty breakfast, but it’s easy as well and all done in one skillet.

Here’s what you need:

This is for one serving, but you can easily double it for more.

*2 eggs

*3/4 cups frozen diced potatoes; I did used these still frozen

*2TBS or more of canola oil

*2 slices of bacon

*salt and pepper to taste

*1/3 cup shredded Gruyere cheese or any other cheese you prefer

*2 tsp. dried chives or 1 TBS fresh chopped chives, or more to taste

Heat a medium to large skillet to medium high heat; add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon and crumble into pieces and set aside. Drain some of the bacon drippings, but leave about 1 TBS in the pan.

Pour in the canola oil and add the frozen diced potatoes to the skillet. Cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally.

While potatoes are cooking, whisk eggs in a small bowl.

add some cracked pepper to the eggs; set aside.

Turn the skillet down to medium heat and add the bacon.

Slowly pour in the eggs.

Add salt and pepper to taste, then add in the cheese and the chives.

With a spatula, start mixing the eggs with the potato and bacon until it’s all incorporated but the eggs are still soft.

Place on plates and serve.

Bacon Cheeseburger Omelet

After making the English Muffin Cheeseburgers and hubby and I devoured them, we had a lonely little hamburger patty leftover. It was morning and I really didn’t feel like another burger, much less for breakfast, but I didn’t want that to go to waste, so what was a girl to do? Throw it in some eggs with bacon and cheese for a delicious omelet. Think of a bacon cheeseburger, with a dollop of ketchup rolled into an omelet. This was one very filling and satisfying breakfast.

Here’s what you need.

This was for one serving, but you can double to make more

*1 cooked hamburger patty

*2 eggs

*2 tsp. butter

*2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

*1/4 cup shredded cheese + more for on top of the omelet

*salt and cracked pepper to taste

*ketchup (optional)

Heat the burger patty in the microwave or in a small pan just until warm and chop into small pieces; set aside.

Heat a medium pan over medium heat and melt butter. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and pour into the pan; add salt and pepper to taste.

Let the eggs sit for a minute then using a silicon spatula, lift the edges of the egg while tilting the pan to allow the uncooked portion of the eggs to run to the edges of pan.

When the eggs begin to become firm, add the burger patty pieces on top of the egg.

Then sprinkle on the cheese.

Next add the bacon, trying very hard not to eat it all before it goes onto the egg, then add a few dollops of ketchup.

This is optional, but I like ketchup on my burger and some like it on eggs, so I thought why not add it inside.

Carefully fold the egg in half over the meat mixture and carefully slide it onto a plate. Sprinkle some more of the cheese on top.

Serve and Enjoy!

Skillet Bacon and Egg Breakfast Hash

This skillet breakfast hash was the result of waking up one morning craving something hearty, but also having to make do with ingredients that I had on hand in the fridge. This breakfast hash has flavorful diced potatoes, crispy bacon, a sunny side up egg and melted cheese. What’s even better is that it’s all cooked in one pan. Less clean up is always better right? As you can see, it serves one because, well, again it was ingredients that I had one hand. Good thing hubby wasn’t craving breakfast that morning. This can easily be doubled. Serve with toast or homemade Skillet Buttermilk Biscuits on the side to make this one hearty breakfast.

Here’s what you need:

This is for one serving, but can be doubled for more.

*2 slices of bacon, cut into pieces

*1 cup frozen diced potatoes

*canola oil if needed

*1/4 tsp. sweet paprika, or more to taste

*1/4 tsp. onion powder, or more to taste

*salt to taste

*cracked pepper, to taste

*1 egg

*red chili flakes, to taste

*1/4 cup or more shredded cheese; I used a cheddar colby jack blend

Preheat oven to 400°

Heat a small cast iron skillet to medium high heat; add bacon. Cook bacon until pieces are crispy, stirring occasionally.

With a slotted spoon, take bacon out of the pan, leave a few TBS of the rendered fat. Add the frozen potatoes to the pan.

Cook the potatoes until they start to turn a golden color, stir occasionally about 7 to 8 minutes. If needed add a little canola oil. Stir in the paprika, onion powder, salt and cracked pepper.

Add in the bacon and continue to cook until the potatoes are golden and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside..

Clear a space in the middle of the pan and crack in the egg. Sprinkle chili flakes on top of the egg.

Distribute the cheese over the potatoes and bacon.

Place skillet in the oven and cook until the egg whites become firm but the yolk is still runny and the cheese melts,

Spoon on to a plate and enjoy!