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Mike's Recipe, September 2012 - Breakfast!
I know. I know. I seem to pick Bobby Flay recipes a lot for these things. What can I say. I'm seriously drawn to his style of cooking. This month, I had the urge to make a breakfast! It seemed like it would be a lot of fun to get up in the morning on a weekend, and put together a nice meal. From there, my head went to breakfast sandwiches. Fast food breakfast sandwiches are extremely popular. They are always really flavorful. As with most fast food, we do our best to stay away. Given that, I picked out Bobby Flay's Grilled Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich.

It's a really interesting and simple recipe. Bagel for the 'bread'. Simply done scrambled eggs and homemade sausage goes in the middle. Homemade sausage?! Sounds scary, but the way he suggests doing it is just like making burgers! We picked up some ground pork at Wegmans all ready to go. I took 8 ounces of it (we halved the recipe for only two sandwiches) and froze the rest. Along with the 8 ounces in a bowl, I added most of the spices from the recipe. We couldn't find any chile de arbol at Wegmans. Then I mashed everything together with my hands and formed two patties and set them aside.

I wanted to prepare everything before heading out to the deck to grill. This made for a relatively slow process and delayed breakfast, but it was much less stressful. With the sausage patties set to go, I cracked 6 eggs into a bowl and added salt and pepper. The eggs seemed too simple for my liking so I also chopped up a banana pepper from our garden and added that. Heather told me after the fact that it probably would have made more sense to saute the peppers in the iron skillet first before adding the eggs, but I didn't know. Another lesson for me!

With everything prepped, I brought it all out to our grill. The patties went on first and I stuck to the 4 minutes per side suggestion that the recipe gave. On the first flip, I put an iron skillet on the other half of the grill with some butter and closed it. When the butter melted, I added the eggs and labored over them, constantly paranoid that I was going to burn them. Honestly, they cooked a lot slower than I expected, so there wasn't much reason to worry. I used Heather's eye to help me decide when they were done. She pointed out that we were probably letting them cook a little bit longer than what was proper but that's how she liked her eggs.

When the patties finished and the eggs were getting there, I threw the bagels on the grill to toast them up. I opted for onion bagels from Wegman's bakery. Like the eggs, I spent a lot of time being paranoid that they were going to burn but they came out nicely toasted. When I was happy with them I flipped the bottoms and added the cheese and sausage to melt. When everything looked good, I brought the components in the house to assemble.

Even though we halved the recipe, we ended up with a lot more eggs than I could ever get stacked on the sandwich. No worries. I just decided we'd have some eggs on the side as well. I was very happy with the end result, though everything was a bit salty when put together. The 'sausage' patties were really good. They had a lot of good spice and we were both impressed that they were so easy to make. They didn't really taste like a traditional breakfast sausage, but that wasn't a bad thing. I had a lot of fun throwing this little meal together, and we've already discussed trying it all over again with the leftover pork. I think next time we may add a nice juicy slice of tomato to the mix.

You just read one of Upstate Crumbs' monthly New Recipe posts. Every month, Mike and Heather will each make a post about a new recipe. For Mike, it will usually be an adventure in trying to learn to cook. For Heather, she'll pick something that is outside of her comfort zone in some way.
By Mike on September 27, 2012 at 7:25pm EDT Topic(s): recipes new recipes home cooking breakfast bobby flay sausage egg pork sandwich

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