Whoever it was that first decided to take two pieces of bread, put a slab of meat between them, and call it a sandwich, should have a star on a sidewalk somewhere, a bust in a museum somewhere, or a tall building named after them. In my opinion, the sandwich is one of the greatest culinary inventions of all time. And how do you make it even better?? You make it with breakfast food.
In our house, the breakfast sandwich has become a staple, not only for its ease of assembly and it’s portability, although those things do weigh heavily in its favor, but also because you can take just about any food, breakfast-style or otherwise, and make it a sandwich.
One of our favorite breakfast sandwich ingredients to use are bagels, because they come in a huge variety of styles and flavors. In fact, head over to any local bagel shop and I can guarantee you’ll find at least a half-dozen of them that you’ll love. Of course, the shops pair them with one of dozens of flavored cream cheeses, but as far as a breakfast sandwich goes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more hearty, compact option to keep your bacon, egg and cheese together.
I also use a lot of English muffins, which are good if you prefer a more light and airy bread, as compared to a bagel. The standard, plain English muffin has been around forever, but they also come in different varieties, such as baked with the addition of dried fruits, like the one pictured above – a cranberry muffin. For this sandwich, I fried up a few pieces of leftover turkey breast, and it was delicious.
Another great thing about making breakfast sandwiches…you can use anything! I sometimes just use leftovers from dinner the night before. I don’t make fancy food. This sandwich was a chili-cheese omelette sandwich on 12 grain bread, that I made from leftover chili we had. And I must say, it was awesome, guy food!!
For this sandwich, we substituted smoked sausage instead of traditional patties or links, used a fried egg and Velveeta (again, not fancy).
Variety, variety, variety. Which kind of bread? Fried egg or scrambled? What kinds of meats and cheeses do I want? Do I want veggies? Do I go healthy or do I load up on the proteins? It’s all up to you. The possibilities are endless.