A couple of years ago, I was living in Denver and working as a nanny. My brother lived just down the street from me and was working as a basement-dwelling geophysicist with very odd hours. Two days a week, we both had the mornings off. We would get together, brew espresso with a stove-top espresso maker he had given me, and make breakfast sandwiches. I have no idea who first had the idea to start making these or how it came to be our breakfast tradition but, in the end, the origins don’t matter as much as the memories.
Now, two years later and 1,500 miles away from the man who holds the titles of brother and best friend, I look back on these breakfasts and realize how much I took them for granted. Over a simple breakfast and lots of caffeine, we would discuss everything. We made so many plans and to-do lists that have long since been forgotten and lost. We ate a lot and laughed even more. We talked about goals, crazy business ventures, and our hopes for the future. Since those days, so many things have changed but two things remain the same: my brother is still my best friend and the person with whom I share every crazy, overly ambitious idea and these breakfast sandwiches make a delicious and super simple meal.
Easy Weekday Breakfast
In my time as a nanny, I also started making these for an easy breakfast option for the extremely active boy I watched. I discovered that they freeze very well and are easy to reheat in the microwave. He loved them and loved the independence of being able to pull them from the freezer and microwave them himself. His mother loved them because she knew that this would give him the protein and energy that he needed to start his busy day filled with athletics and academics.
This recipe makes 6 sandwiches. It’s perfect to make the whole recipe on a Sunday morning, enjoy a sandwich, and then freeze the rest to enjoy for the whole week. I cooked the sausage patties in sets of two but simply use a large pan if you’d like to cook them all at once.
Prep and Cook Time: 2 episodes of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (approx. 45 minutes)
8 extra large eggs (or large, or jumbo, whatever)
1 lb Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage (Breakfast sausage is one thing I don’t buy generic. In my experience, the generic brand really lacks flavor. Use another brand if you wish, as long as it isn’t generic.)
6 English muffins (bagels are a delicious alternative)
6 oz cheddar cheese
- Form six patties out of the sausage. *Pro-tip: Put a small divot in the center of the patty so that it is slightly thinner in the middle. This will keep it from “meatballing” when you cook it and you’ll have a more disc like shape. Also, make it as wide or slightly wider than the English muffin. It will shrink as it cooks.
- Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them together.
- Slice the cheese into 6 slices.
- Slice the English muffins in half.
- In a small, nonstick saute pan, cook two sausage patties over medium heat. Flip when the first side is well browned. Ground pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 155 degrees. There should be no pink in the middle of the patties. Remove the sausage patties from the pan.
- Leaving the grease, add ½ cup of whisked eggs into the pan. Using a rubber spatula, pull eggs from the sides of the pan towards the middle. Tilt the pan so raw egg covers the part of the pan that you just cleared. Do this around the whole pan a couple of times or until most of the egg has coagulated.
- Flip the omelet. If it breaks or you can’t flip it, that’s okay. By the time you melt the cheese over everything, it’ll hold everything together.
- Fold the omelet in half.
- Cut in half.
- Repeat steps 2-6 until you have cooked all six sausage patties and have made three omelets.
- Assemble the breakfast sandwiches you would like to eat immediately starting with half of the English muffin followed by sausage, egg, and cheese. Put this on a pan with the English muffin top beside it in the oven with the broiler on for just a few seconds to melt the cheese.
- Allow all of the other ingredients to cool for a few minutes while you enjoy your breakfast.
- Assemble the rest of the sandwiches and wrap individually in foil. Place in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and freeze.
- When ready to eat, microwave for 2-2.5 minutes or until hot throughout. Enjoy!