I sometimes eat things that aren’t so good for me. I call it “research”. Every once in a while, I get an idea for a new combination of foods that I can’t help but build, only to see if it meets the true test of being, what I consider, “Breakfast Awesomeness”. Such was the case recently, when I came up with the idea of making a Breakfast Brat. Bratwurst is one of my favorite kinds of sausage, so it only stands to reason that I would want to use it to cook with during my favorite meal of the day.
Normally, I try to buy a good, name-brand Brat, like a Johnsonville or Bob Evans, but for this experiment, I used what we had in the freezer – a lower quality brand, but it would work for what I needed it for. I started by gathering my ingredients: Brats, an egg, diced onions for grilling, hot sauce, and cheese. Now, I could have used a basic, cheddar sliced cheese that we had on hand, but decided to jazz it up a little, and melt some Fritos Jalapeno Cheddar dip.
I started by cooking my brats. Grilling is ALWAYS my preferred method of cooking pretty much any meat, however, when your grill is out of gas, you go to your back-up plan. I basically cooked these in about a 1/2″ of water on medium-high heat with a lid, until the water had evaporated. After making sure the meat was cooked properly, I left them in the skillet for a few minutes to get nice and brown. Meanwhile, I scrambled the egg, sautéed my chopped onions in a little butter, grilled my bun, and melted my cheese dip.
I started by opening up my grilled bun, and putting a scrambled egg base on the bottom. I then added my brat and grilled onions. I generously spooned the melted jalapeno cheddar cheese dip on top of that, and finished it off with a few dashes of hot sauce. On appearance, I give it a “B+”. It wasn’t fancy, by any means, but it looked like something you just wanted to take a big bite of.
So I did!! On taste, I’d have to be honest and give it a “B -“. It definitely would have been more flavorful with a better quality bratwurst…and if they were grilled…and if I hadn’t scorched my bun so badly. But for what it was, I liked it and would try it again, with the previously mentioned revisions.
So, have you ever built your own unusual breakfast? What did you use, and how did it turn out? Feel free to share your breakfast concoctions with us!!