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Ultimate breakfast sandwich

mahimahi Oct 19, 2010 12:47 PM

So I woke up on this beautiful Hawaii morning, and just like all of you that love food. I decided to create the ultimate breakfast sandwich.
I like turkey bacon so that's what I used. I got my favorite cast iron pan nice and hot but to hot. Cooked the bacon some nice and crispy some a little less. In a shallow pot I had some water with a little vinegar and a pinch of salt, for poaching my eggs. I then toasted two slices of bread (whole grain, straight from the freezer). I spread some butter on the bread after toasting placed about four pieces of crispy bacon and two med. cooked poached eggs. Ketchup on half. Made me some french press Kona coffee, and sat down to partake in this masterpiece. Had a couple of bites from the half with the ketchup, Hmmmmm its ok but not what I was looking for. Then a couple of bites from the one with out ketchup still no wow! I then made another sandwich with not so crispy bacon and soft poach eggs. On one half I sprinkled Fleur de sel. The other, plain with spicy ketchup on side (sriracha and ketchup). Still pretty good but still not wowing me. As I drank my Kona coffee I realized what went wrong. I remember my French Chef always telling me to start with fresh ingredients. The BREAD WAS FROZEN! and not so good bread to mention. I was too lazy to drive the two minutes to the grocery store. I may have ruined my chance to make the ultimate breakfast sandwich (in my opinion). I could of gotten some nice country bread or some croissants etc... but my laziness took control of me and I had to settle for less. I will try again but this was the moment, the window of opportunity, Fourth quarter 4 & goal on the 1. It wont be the same. But i'll try.

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    Harters RE: mahimahi Oct 19, 2010 02:40 PM

    Ultimate for me - back bacon lightly cooked (hate crispy bacon), sliced mushrooms lightly fried. On toast. With ketchup.

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      Maya RE: mahimahi Oct 19, 2010 03:04 PM

      The best breakfast sandwich I've ever had is a big buttermilk biscuit, with 2 scrambled eggs, melted sharp cheddar and applewood smoked bacon - Blue Jay Cafe in San Francisco.

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        CocoaNut RE: mahimahi Oct 19, 2010 03:06 PM

        Simplicity at its best with a fried egg sandwich.

        Egg broken into an appropriately hot skillet, allow to set edges, break yolk and gently fork yellow into white to create a marbling effect, flip to finish. Turn onto untoasted wheat bread slice with mayo. Salt and generously pepper. Top with second slice of mayo'd bread. Enjoy!

        Sounds pretty good for supper tonight.

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          raygunclan RE: CocoaNut Oct 19, 2010 05:05 PM

          i eat this same sammy but with lemon pepper. mmmm...

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            c oliver RE: CocoaNut Oct 24, 2010 08:06 AM

            I've recently gotten back into fried egg sandwiches. Like yours except toasted bread. Maybe not the ultimate but damn fine.

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            monopod RE: mahimahi Oct 19, 2010 03:20 PM

            I'm sorry, but you people are all crazy. Turkey bacon? In the ULTIMATE breakfast sandwich? I mean, it's an OK substitute if it's all you've got or if you need to cut fat for health reasons, but there's no way it's the ultimate. If we're talking ultimate here, in my world, it's a couple of perfect over-easy farm eggs (anyone can taste the difference between fresh local farm eggs and supermarket eggs) cooked in plenty of butter, just-crisp thick-cut peppered bacon, a couple of nice slices of melted gruyere cheese, and some cholula sauce on toasted, homemade rosemary-olive oil bread. I'll take the Kona coffee, though. Now THAT'S breakfast.

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              spinachandchocolate RE: monopod Oct 19, 2010 04:09 PM

              I think turkey bacon tastes better than pork bacon. It would be on my ultimate breakfast sandwich.

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                weezycom RE: monopod Oct 19, 2010 05:07 PM

                You're getting close, but you need to cook up those eggs in olive oil, and add a slice of provolone , and if you've got a homegrown tomato, a slice of that as well.

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                  monopod RE: weezycom Oct 20, 2010 03:34 PM

                  Nope, it's gotta be butter. Olive oil has its place, but not in cooking eggs for breakfast. Agreed on the homegrown tomato, though (maybe a perfectly ripe Mr. Stripey?).

                  And I just don't get the turkey bacon thing - am I missing out here? Every time I've tried turkey bacon it's gummy and just tastes like salt and smoke flavoring. Are there good brands out there?

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                    c oliver RE: monopod Oct 24, 2010 08:08 AM

                    Can you spell "duck fat"? Now that's my lipid of choice frequently. Unless I've fried bacon and then it's bacon drippings.

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                  PommeDeGuerre RE: monopod Oct 21, 2010 03:25 AM

                  Actually it turns out that almost no one can reliably discern between various eggs in a blind tasting. Read to the end of the linked article.


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                    c oliver RE: monopod Oct 24, 2010 08:07 AM

                    You eat over easy eggs in a sandwich??? That seems incredibly messy.

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                      funniduck RE: c oliver Oct 24, 2010 06:08 PM

                      Over easy so you can pop them and have them soak into the bread.

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                        c oliver RE: funniduck Oct 24, 2010 06:18 PM

                        I should have read the whole thread before posting because I realized that later. Sounds great.

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                      susans RE: monopod Oct 24, 2010 05:55 PM

                      Some people are not crazy, but do not eat pork for religious reasons. YMMV.

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                      yfunk3 RE: mahimahi Oct 19, 2010 07:21 PM

                      I think any breakfast sandwich I have anywhere in Hawaii would be the ultimate breakfast sandwich for me. :o)

                      But in earnestness, I've found that the simpler I make things, the more I enjoy the sandwich. I love turkey bacon too, but for sandwiches I like using the real stuff cooked just before it turns super crispy. On good bread (something not too strongly flavored, so not rye or anything like that), American cheese, a slice of cold tomato, lots of pepper, not-too-overly-cooked fried egg with the egg yolks broken, but still undercooked slightly. Ahh....

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                        funniduck RE: mahimahi Oct 19, 2010 08:08 PM

                        Bacon--crispy, 2 eggs over easy, quarter of an avocado, on a warmed roll (not toasted because that doesn't soak up the runny yolks well). Pepper on the eggs. Before eating, poke the eggs, and spread the liquid yolks on my roll. Coffee from Italian stovetop espresso. Yum.

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                          just_M RE: mahimahi Oct 19, 2010 10:25 PM

                          For me it is toasted good rye bread, a slather of mayo on the bottom, then a slice of corned beef griddled in butter, then crispy hash browns that have a bit of onion, then two eggs, salt and pepper - yolks broken and flipped for a few seconds to form a crust but leave the yolks slightly runny - top with the toasted rye so the egg yolk soaks into the toast and the hash brown, slice in half - perfect hash sandwich!

                          For the Mr. - good white toast, jelly on one side - then sausage - then cheese ( cheddar or american) then egg over med to leak into the top. or biscuit a smear of gravy on the bottom then sausage, ham, bacon and cheese then a med egg to leak into the top biscuit

                          DS is a simple young man - english muffin (toasted) sausage, cheese (american or cheddar) and and egg w/yolk popped, salt and pepper

                          DD likes deconstruction - a croissant toasted with a side of bacon an over easy egg and a side of jelly (preferably seedless blackberry) to dip and build as she pleases.

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                            mtomto RE: just_M Oct 21, 2010 02:42 AM

                            Outstanding preparation, the ones titled For the Mr. Fairly standard for a kicked up sandwiches, but thats the way to do it--esp the jelly! Lots of Crisp bacon could be subbed for the sausage. Maybe add some home fries or think layer of hash brown. YowwZA!

                          2. DoobieWah RE: mahimahi Oct 20, 2010 07:46 AM

                            I am NOT a breakfast eater at all, but sometimes I just have to make a breakfast ingredient sandwich.

                            Start with a fresh croissant and add four or five strips of smoked Hungarian style bacon and one egg fried firm. That's it. Occasionally, I will add mayo, and/or a slice of cheese, and/or avocado.

                            But if I have nothing but egg, bacon and bread, I'm good.

                            1. boyzoma RE: mahimahi Oct 20, 2010 08:35 AM

                              My ultimate is on a warm croissant, some juicy ham, 2 fried eggs with salt and pepper and some cheddar cheese. Dang. Now I'm hungry.

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                                ricepad RE: mahimahi Oct 20, 2010 11:48 AM

                                After I drop another 10 lbs, I'm going to reward myself (and gain some of it back) with this:

                                A fried egg, bacon, cheese sandwich on a toasted English muffin. BUT WAIT, there's more!

                                Dip the sandwich in batter and deep-fry it. BUT WAIT, there's more!

                                Smother the deep-fried sandwich in sausage gravy. Then serve with a ton of napkins.

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                                  mamachef RE: ricepad Oct 21, 2010 03:39 AM

                                  Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness. I can see myself after eating this brekkie; slowly pushing myself away from the table as I stagger off for a nap.
                                  Myself, I love a good Denver omelette-wich: eggs scrambled with onions and bell peppers and ham, loaded onto a toasted EM with sharp melted cheddar. Or, if I can be untraditional here, a basic pancake sandwich: two cakies stuffed with little porky sausages and over-medium fried eggs, with syrup.

                                2. PommeDeGuerre RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 03:34 AM

                                  Ah, turkey bacon, and a tofu scramble served with soy milk and decaf coffee...also known as the You're Kidding Yourself special. :-) Ugh.

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                                    mamachef RE: PommeDeGuerre Oct 21, 2010 07:21 AM

                                    I love it: "the you're kidding yourself special." Right up there with a Chef's salad loaded up with extra cheese, extra dressing and dressing on the side, served up with a diet soda to perpetrate the myth that you're actually doing something good for yourself.

                                  2. Perilagu Khan RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 06:59 AM

                                    Toasted English muffy, fried Canadian bacon and American cheese. Actually haven't tried this, but I aim to, and I'm sure it's gonna change my life.

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                                      mtomto RE: Perilagu Khan Oct 21, 2010 01:20 PM

                                      Just pull into any McDonalds

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                                        c oliver RE: mtomto Oct 24, 2010 08:10 AM

                                        Yep. It's called an Egg McMuffin :)

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                                      gembellina RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 07:17 AM

                                      you need a main course one and a pudding one: a sausage patty, scrambled egg microwaved in a silicone cupcake case to make it round and sandwich-shaped, good strong cheese and chilli sauce on a toasted english muffin; followed by bacon and maple syrup on a toasted english muffin. I like the sound of mamchef's pancake sandwich!

                                      1. Perilagu Khan RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 08:06 AM

                                        Waffle double down: Two chicken fried steaks enveloping a waffle. Dip the whole dam' thing in an egg-and-flour batter. Deep fry and coat with cream-and-sausage gravy and maple syrup.

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                                          ricepad RE: Perilagu Khan Oct 21, 2010 12:15 PM

                                          Oh, man....I think this one is even better than mine (up-thread)!

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                                            Perilagu Khan RE: ricepad Oct 21, 2010 01:38 PM

                                            Those sandwiches are obviously kindred spirits. Demonic spirits, no doubt.

                                        2. tcamp RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 08:58 AM

                                          Ultimate is too final a concept considering all of the yet untried sandwiches out there but for me but a really really good breakfast sandwich would have excellent sausage from the farmers market, a lightly fried egg (cooked in the sausage fat) with yolk punctured so as not to drip, and good quality sharp cheddar on a buttermilk biscuit.

                                          Agree that the hawaii venue makes any sandwich better.

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                                            bear RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 10:14 AM

                                            Hard to beat the beautiful simplicity of Thomas Keller's Spanglish sandwich!


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                                              CarolinaGirl06 RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 10:39 AM

                                              The addition of home fried potatoes on the sandwich itself elevates a well-crafted bacon, egg, and cheese from delicious to downright sublime.

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                                                yfunk3 RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 12:34 PM

                                                Has anyone watched Sporkful's slate.com video on egg & cheese sandwiches yet? The Tot to Trot sandwich is going on my bucket list... :o)

                                                1. toodie jane RE: mahimahi Oct 21, 2010 08:15 PM

                                                  Bricohe bun, lightly toasted on grill.
                                                  poached, or over medium x-lg egg cooked in butter
                                                  thick slices of beefsteak tomato
                                                  few basil leaves
                                                  thinly sliced mild nutty cheese of choice
                                                  creme fraiche

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                                                    chuckaukau RE: mahimahi Oct 24, 2010 04:40 AM

                                                    2,1/4 in. cut spam(turkry spam if desired), rendered on med to med high heat, browned and crispy. 1 extra large easy over egg, white bread, not sourdough, not brioche, white bread possibly of the wonder variety, toasted and dressed with mayonaise, and american cheese. I'll take that Kona coffe iced and bon appetite!

                                                    1. tim irvine RE: mahimahi Oct 24, 2010 07:52 AM

                                                      May I select a fresh home made flour tortilla for the bread? If so, my vote goes to filling that tortilla with eggs, chunks of fried potato, chorizo, Mexican white cheese, and a good bit of fresh salsa. Or, for the second one, replacing the eggs and chorizo with avocado. Accompanied by very fresh orange juice and enough cinnamon coffee to make me buzz. I MISS Las Manitas (Austin).

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                                                        NE_Elaine RE: mahimahi Oct 24, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                        For my ultimate breakfast sandwich, first I break out the 2 burner griddle. I melt a little dab of butter and nestle in some sliced onions, keep stirring them until they are nice and soft and just starting to color. Then I toss a couple slices of pastrami onto a clear spot to heat and butter a sliced hard roll and drop that onto the griddle. Make a little circle out of the onions and gently break your egg into the it so the yolk stays centered. Flip the eggs when they are cooked to your liking and lay couple slices of swiss cheese on top. Take the bottom slice of the roll in one hand a build your sandwich, egg, pastrami, sliced tomato, top of roll. Serve with hot dark roast coffee and plenty of napkins.

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                                                          tim irvine RE: NE_Elaine Oct 24, 2010 04:07 PM

                                                          That sounds insanely good. I may change my vote!

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                                                            NE_Elaine RE: tim irvine Oct 25, 2010 05:02 AM

                                                            Thanks - it is pretty darn tasty! I worked in my familys deli for a couple years and our Sunday morning activity (when it was slow) was to work on our ultimate breakfast sandwich. Roast beef is also really good with eggs & cheddar on a sandwich.

                                                        2. MartiniGenie RE: mahimahi Oct 24, 2010 09:24 AM

                                                          Lightly toasted croissant, just done cast iron fried egg with the yolk broken, thinly sliced quality ham that was warmed in same pan, caramelized onions and horseradish cheddar cheese. Sweet, salty, hot and creamy!

                                                          1. RetiredChef RE: mahimahi Oct 24, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                            Plain Bagel, Neufchatel cheese, lox, capers, red onion, tomatoes and dill.

                                                            It's a classic but the funny thing is it was the last breakfast I had sitting on my lanai in Maui and just ate one about 4 days ago here - pure heaven when you use high quality ingredients.

                                                            1. eclecticsynergy RE: mahimahi Oct 24, 2010 10:02 PM

                                                              For me it's the mega BLT: artisan maple bacon, a fried egg, Comté Gruyere, hash browns with onions, fresh ripe tomato and field greens on thick slices of good rustic toast.

                                                              With Durkees sauce of course, the perfect condiment for a BLT.

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                                                                TomDel RE: mahimahi Oct 25, 2010 03:57 AM

                                                                I have to chime in for my home state of NJ. This is the official breakfast sandwich of the garden state. It may not be the best but it’s pretty darn good.

                                                                You start with a fried egg cooked over hard with plenty of salt and pepper. Next, you fry three or four thin slices of pork roll or as it’s called in North Jersey, Taylor Ham, until they’re crispy and almost burnt. Stack them up and add a thick slice of American cheese to the top. Cover until the cheese melts. Slice and butter a Kaiser or hard roll (also known as a bulky roll in New England). Add the egg, pork roll and cheese and fuggedaboutit, you’re in breakfast nirvana.

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