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January 27, 2016

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

On the weekends I crave breakfast sandwiches. Sometimes I sit on the couch with my coffee and try to will one to appear. Actually, I am trying to send Casey some mental vibes…like in my head I’m yelling GET ME A BREAKFAST SANDWICH (in a sweet voice, though).  It never works. I take that back. It only works when we’re hungover but then we have to motivate each other to get in the car and pick one up. And then there’s this mental warfare of like should I? Shouldn’t I? How am I gonna feel? Is that stuff really food?  I suppose that’s why it’s a no brainer to get a breakfast sandwich when we leave on road trips. You just carry on with your business and don’t have wrappers in your trash at home…staring at you all day.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I was looking through the latest Bon Appetit magazine and this recipe for Homemade Breakfast Sausage caught my eye… It’s an ingredient to their “Best Breakfast Sandwich.”  Well, yes. Thank you for luring me in like a moth to a flame, BA.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

So, when I’m sitting on the couch fantasizing about breakfast sandwiches, I often think about omitting the bread and sandwiching sausage, cheese & egg in between two crispy hash brown patties. Here it is and IT IS THE ULTIMATE BREAKFAST SANDWICH. Don’t fight me on this.  Welcome to Indulgentville. Population 2.  We’re saving this beauty for special occasions….like I drank too much bourbon on a Friday night and it’s Saturday morning and I want something super savory and need you to make me a coffee before I talk to you k thanks bye, occasion.

Let’s gather our ingredients.

We will make homemade breakfast sausage first.

It’s so easy. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Spice mixture:

Did I spell paprika right? My R looks weird.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

So…. here I brought out a spoon to fake mixing it….with a spoon.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

But really– use your hands.

This shot is for my brother, the hand model. Hey Ryan, I didn’t get the hand modeling gene.

It’s cool.

You didn’t get the photography gene.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Patties are going to be formed and placed between parchment sheets.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Patty party. The opposite of a pity party.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Now we can store them in the fridge… Take as many as you need.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

OK. We make the ultimate sandwich.

I bought American cheese for this. I think this is my first time buying it as an adult.

It’s really what makes a breakfast sandwich a breakfast sandwich….at least the ones from the golden arches.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I get these hash browns at Trader Joe’s. I love them.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

H-browns go into an oiled skillet. Cook 4 minutes per side.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Flatten patties to the shape of the h-browns.

Sorry I said h-browns twice. P.S.— I’m not going to stop.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

2 minutes per side.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

H-browns. We keep them warm in the oven.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Sausage!

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Topped.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Eggs were made. There was like a two minute period where they looked like the yin-yang sign.

Egg magic.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Did I mention we put cheese on the sausage??!

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

G-damn.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Can I put “Egg Yolk Poker” on my Linked In profile?

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Say my name say my name.

What makes this The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich? The hash browns that sandwich homemade breakfast sausage, egg & cheese. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

If no one is around you, say baby I love you….

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

makes 2 breakfast sandwiches

  • 4 frozen hash brown patties
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 breakfast sausage patties (see recipe below)
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • hot sauce, for topping

Preheat oven to 300F.

Heat a cast iron skillet with 1 tablespoon oil over medium high-heat. Place hash brown patties in hot oil and cook 3-4 minutes per side, or until hash browns are evenly browned and crispy. If you find them sticking to the skillet, add more oil. Remove from pan, place on baking sheet and heat in the oven while you cook the sausage and eggs.

Add the sausage to the pan and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook 2 minutes more. Place the sausage on two of the hash browns. Top with cheese and place back in the oven.

Clean skillet, add remaining oil to the pan. Fry eggs until edges are crispy and the whites have set. Season with salt & pepper. Drizzle eggs with hot sauce and place each one on the cheesy sausage topped hash brown. Take the remaining hash browns and sandwich them on top of the egg/sausage/cheese. Serve immediately, with additional hot sauce.

BREAKFAST SAUSAGE

makes 8 patties 

recipe from Bon Appetit

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  •  teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pound ground pork
Mix sage, thyme, brown sugar, salt, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in a medium bowl. Add pork and work spice mixture into meat with your hands until it’s very well blended.

Scoop out ¼-cupfuls of mixture and flatten into about ¼”-thick patties. Layer patties in between small sheets of parchment paper. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

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