I’ve been going down a rabbit hole lately, re-reading all my posts from my first blog, So Delushious (I was so young 😫 😫). It was just a little WordPress page that I had from 2011-2013, a place to write about all my favorite foods/travels (sound familiar??). I’m not sure why I stopped, but I missed it so much that I wanted to make another one… and heeeere weeeee arrrrrre.
If you didn’t get a chance to check it out back in the day, I thought it might be fun to share some old posts from time to time – we’ll call it “From The Vault” (add echo sound effects here).
I’m bringing back John’s breakfast sandwiches, just in time for Father’s Day. The flavors might seem simple, buuuut wait for it. John combines classic ingredients, like American cheese (my absolute fav), with this next-level homemade breakfast sausage. You can of course get the patty pre-made, but I highly recommend making it for that extra flavor – it makes a world of difference! I can confidently say this having had three of them before 8am the other day. Yes, I was out of control, but believe me this breakfast sandwich is hard not to love!!
Original article published March 5, 2013.
I have a few foods that I would eat daily, even multiple times a day if I could. Fried chicken and pancakes come to mind. But nothing is higher on that list than a breakfast sandwich. It’s one of the only things in life I have waited in an extensive line for with no regrets. I don’t know what it is about this thing, but it’s just so damn comforting to me. When I’m dieting, I take off the cheese-less side of the muffin and call it my lower-carb sandwich.
Here is what I’ve conjured up as my excuse: when I was little and living in Snohomish, Washington, my dad used to fly for work, weekly. Every single Monday morning, around 4am, my mom would wake me up and put me in the car to drive him to the airport, which was a little over an hour away. I’d be asleep the entire journey to Sea-Tac, waking only to kiss my dad goodbye. But on the way home, around 6am, we would always, ALWAYS stop and get me a breakfast sandwich and 2 golden, crispy, greasy little hash browns. I had to have two. Then I’d go on to school, knowing the best part of my week was over. Until next Monday.
Eating this thing always reminds me of those long drives and how simple things used to make me so, so happy (and fat). So when I moved to New York, I found myself never eating them and missing the crap out of them. That’s when John decided he could make something better. “BETTER? NO. MAYYYYBE SIMILAR”, I cried. But then this happened:
Johnny was kind enough to write up his quick breakfast sandwich how-to for you! Months ago, really. But let’s not mention how long I’ve been gone for… I know it’s easy. But I just love this thing so freaking much and it’s too big a part of my life not to share. Take it away, John…
Chrissy always has cravings for breakfast sandwiches at random times. Sometimes, it’s a hangover cure. Sometimes she’s just hungry and she wants it NOW! Anyway, luckily Chrissy has a fiancé who makes a great breakfast sandwich. She tweeted a pic of it the other day and some of you asked for the recipe. She laughed because there really isn’t much of a recipe. But I figured I should write it out just in case you need some guidance. Timing is everything so read this, get ready and then make it happen. The whole process isn’t much more than 10 minutes.
This is a very simple recipe, but you want everything hot and fresh or it won’t taste as good as it should. So take all the ingredients and cooking utensils out to start so that the timing works out perfectly.
- Serves: 4
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
For the Sausage Patties:
- ½ pound ground pork
- ¼ cup finely minced onion
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for frying
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground sage
- 1 ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Sandwiches:
- 4 English muffins
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- 8 regular or 4 thick slices American cheese
- 4 eggs, cooked sunny side up
Make the Sausage Patties:
- In a large bowl, mix the pork, onion, brown sugar, garlic, vegetable oil, sage, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper with your hands until uniform (don’t, like, mash it or overmix it – just until it’s all nicely mixed together). Form into four 4-inch round patties.
- Coat a cast-iron skillet with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the sausage patties and fry until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side (8 minutes total).
- Transfer to a platter and cover to keep warm.
Assemble the Sandwiches:
- Split and toast the English muffins, then butter them. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper if you’d like.
- Arrange 1 thick or 2 regular slices of cheese on 4 of the muffin halves. Top each with a sausage patty and an egg.
- Squirt some Sriracha on top of the eggs and top with remaining muffin halves.