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Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

MGZ Apr 7, 2013 06:34 AM

So, in a sense of fairness and full disclosure, I start by noting that I am a son of the Jersey Shore. 'round here, folks eat pork roll, egg & cheese sandwiches on hard rolls as a matter of pride. Hell, back in the day, a hard roll filled with a slab of butter was also a properly appropriate breakfast - every diner and convenience store offered 'em.

Now, keep in mind we are a short "crow fly" from the Island of Manhattan where fine bagels can make the morning meal. Places nearby make some solid boiled-baked goodness. Consequently, I do like me some stuff - lox, cream cheese, chicken salad - put on one of them "holey" products as my first meal of the day. A good bagel can be quite moving.

I went to college in central Pennsylvania and discovered scrapple. Man, that's fine stuff when coupled with some cheese on one o' them Philly hoagie rolls.* My wife is originally from Northern North Carolina, so, over time, her family has turned me on to sausage and biscuits. Tasty. tasty, tasty - especially with that gravy. Once upon a time, while goofin' off in Virginia, I discovered country ham and biscuits for breakfast - Hell, that's as*-kickin' good.

So I pose the following question: What is your "ultimate" "breakfast on a bun"? I mean, the Egg McMuffin has been famous for decades, right? A day started with a handheld meal is a thing of beauty. Everyone must have an idea.

For what it's worth, I spose I'd have to pick pork roll, bacon, egg, and American cheese on a hard roll. It, however, to be "just right" needs to be wrapped in foil for the five minutes it takes me to get to the beach and eat There's just somethin' about that last little bitta steam that finishes the magic. A squirt from a package of ketchup is applied just before eating.

*If you've never made a scrapple cheesesteak, I suggest you go get the stuff you need and try it. No matter which meal you try it for.

  1. ipsedixit Apr 7, 2013 07:23 AM

    - A "10:50 Filet-O-Fish"
    see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7253...

    - A Chinese tsao-bing with youitao (燒餅油條)

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      Veggo Apr 7, 2013 08:03 AM

      This you post at 7:30? You have a little time to kill, buddy!

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        don515 Apr 8, 2013 04:04 AM

        Scrambled egg done in a crepe size pan then folded twice topped with a slice of chedder on a english muffin with a lot of mayo salt pepper. Something about having enough mayo to get that mouth feel.

        DC

    2. Veggo Apr 7, 2013 07:34 AM

      Lechon (suckling pig) with chicharron (crispy skin) and habanero sauce, on a crusty bollo roll, under the blue tarp @30th&30th in Playa del Carmen MX. Usually sold out by 10:00. Under 2 bucks, but so good it's worth a plane ticket.

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        MGZ Apr 7, 2013 07:39 AM

        Yeah, I want that. Really, really, want that!

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          EM23 Apr 7, 2013 08:06 AM

          A breakfast sandwich on the beach in Playa del Carmen = Paradise

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          calliope_nh Apr 7, 2013 07:55 AM

          What wouldn't I give for an egg on a roll. Hard roll, fried egg, butter, salt, pepper. No hard rolls in NH.

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            grangie angie Apr 7, 2013 01:38 PM

            Yummmm.......fried egg,butter,s & p on hard roll like back
            on Eastern LI,NY....NO hard rolls here in Seattle either!

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            HillJ Apr 7, 2013 07:55 AM

            If I'm buying:
            @ Rick Bayless's Xoco they make a Chorizo-Egg Torta sandwich til 10.00 ($7.50) is worth waking up early for. Chicago. Just had one 2 weekends ago.

            City Sandwich's egg sandwich flavored with Portugese bacon and sautéed onions, mozzarella melted over the top. Hells Kitchen.

            Lamb Bacon and Egg at Parish Hall. The highlight of their lamb bacon and egg sandwich is the bacon, which they cure in house. Brooklyn

            Any breakfast sandwich from John's Roast Pork, Philly
            http://www.johnsroastpork.com/

            Since I live in NJ, and yes we take pride in breakfast sandwich-I make my own. All the key ingredients reside right here!

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              FriedClamFanatic Apr 7, 2013 07:58 AM

              I'm not a fan of eggs, but a few slices of bacon on a soft roll that has been grilled in butter then lathered with chunky peanut butter can bring a smile to my face, even that early in the day

              1. EM23 Apr 7, 2013 08:00 AM

                <to be "just right" needs to be wrapped in foil for the five minutes > A simple but critical detail, for sure. The steam melds the pork o’ choice with the egg and roll, resulting in something greater than the sum of its parts.

                My favorite sandwich - bacon and one egg scrambled on a buttered roll from the deli - a rare treat for me, but so good.
                I used to spend summer weekends down the shore back in the day, yet I never had a pork roll sandwich. I am going to have to fix this sometime soon.

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                  MGZ Apr 9, 2013 06:42 AM

                  "I used to spend summer weekends down the shore back in the day, yet I never had a pork roll sandwich. I am going to have to fix this sometime soon."

                  If you get to Monmouth County, please post on the NJ Board and I will be happy to suggest the finest spots.

                2. kattyeyes Apr 7, 2013 08:03 AM

                  Sausage patty on a katty head biscuit with a slice of Land o'Lakes 4 cheese Italian blend.

                   
                   
                   
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                    scubadoo97 Apr 7, 2013 08:09 AM

                    Good morning!
                    That looks good

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                      EM23 Apr 7, 2013 08:20 AM

                      I covet that sandwich and your beautiful black cat.

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                        kattyeyes Apr 7, 2013 08:36 AM

                        Aww, thank you both! ♥ It's a keeper recipe (Cook's Country) and she's totally a keeper cat!

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                        Lillipop Apr 9, 2013 05:27 AM

                        That cat:)! I have a black male a bit smaller than yours:) He is my love.

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                        Heatherb Apr 7, 2013 08:48 AM

                        I'm a traditionalist from Jersey. Pork roll isn't my favorite breakfast meat though. I want a scrambled egg, crisp bacon and white American cheese on a hard roll.

                        But yeah, butter on a hard roll will do in a pinch.

                        A good bagel just needs cream cheese, nothing else.

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                          Pwmfan Apr 7, 2013 09:08 AM

                          A convenience store Spam musubi, consumed on any Hawaiian beach at sunrise.

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                            wonderwoman Apr 7, 2013 11:25 AM

                            my guilty (and rare) pleasure is a micky d's sausage biscuit with egg.

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                              Will Owen Apr 7, 2013 03:31 PM

                              My guiltier (also rare, maybe not rare enough) pleasure is their 2-for-1 deal on those babies, plus a hash-browns cake which I split and stuff half in each sandwich. With tax that is a $6.22 breakfast that will definitely last until lunch!

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                                wonderwoman Apr 7, 2013 04:29 PM

                                the only 2-for-1 deals i see are for the egg mcmuffns, not the biscuits. probably a good thing:)

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                                  alkapal Apr 8, 2013 06:42 AM

                                  Yes, the biscuit 2 for 1 was last year. I think I ate way too many during that promotion. Same for the 2 for $3 filet o'fish during lent.

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                                    Will Owen Apr 8, 2013 01:02 PM

                                    Around here (SoCal) the regular Egg McMuffins aren't 2 for 1, just the sausage and egg. Kinda bad, in a way, since one of those has maybe twice the calories of the Canadian-bacon version … which is why I must treat myself to these so very seldom.

                                    I've never tried a McDonald's biscuit, nor am I tempted to. If I want one of those things I'll go across the street to Carl's Jr. (Hardee's in the rest of the country).

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                                      wonderwoman Apr 8, 2013 01:29 PM

                                      no hardee's in my neck of the woods, so i have no basis for comparison. but, when i need an infusion of carbs, salt and saturated port fat, the micky d's biscuits are pretty damn good!

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                                        grampart Apr 8, 2013 01:34 PM

                                        Same here, but I prefer the starboard fat. ;-)

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                                          wonderwoman Apr 8, 2013 02:15 PM

                                          touche!

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                                        Pwmfan Apr 8, 2013 03:13 PM

                                        I used to get the occasional McDonalds sausage biscuit until I had one from Hardees and I was hooked. There is only one Hardees in my city and it's about a 20 minute drive from my house but worth it; that is one tasty fast food biscuit.

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                                          wonderwoman Apr 8, 2013 05:10 PM

                                          i'll have to take your word for it, since it appears there's not a single hardee's in the greater boston area, possibly in the entire commonwealth of massachusetts.

                                2. Veggo Apr 7, 2013 01:21 PM

                                  Subtotal to date: of the 9 who mentioned an animal product in their breakfast sandwich, 8 have included pigs in some form, and Ipsedixit the outlier holds out for breakfast fish at the opening lunch bell.

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                                    ipsedixit Apr 7, 2013 07:15 PM

                                    I guess I must be an anachronym.

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                                      alkapal Apr 8, 2013 06:43 AM

                                      You can travel in anachronymic time and go before 5 am and get your sandwich before they switch to breakfast menu. Just sayin'.

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                                    foodieX2 Apr 7, 2013 01:38 PM

                                    My ultimate is from a small diner I only get to in the summer. It is affectionally called a "Portagee McMuffin". While I often make them at home nothing beats the real deal. I think its english muffin cooked on the grill that make the difference between home and the diner

                                    English muffin
                                    american cheese
                                    thickly slice linguica
                                    fried egg over medium (slightly runny yolk)

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                                      nlgardener Apr 7, 2013 02:03 PM

                                      I make these with Portuguese muffins, like big English muffins but with sweet bread taste! I can buy sliced lingucia about the same diameter as the muffin. These are sooooo good!

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                                        foodieX2 Apr 7, 2013 02:21 PM

                                        Love masa sovada rolls! Toasted with butter, is there anything better? Ok, maybe Portuguese sweet bread french toast! :)

                                        Nice that you can linguica that size! Around here the grocery stores pretty much only have Gaspar links. I usually have to head down to Fall River or New Bedford to find any others. Not that Gaspars is bad, mind you! Recently our local BJ's had their packaged bite sized linguica links. Talk about your awesome pigs in a blanket!

                                    2. grampart Apr 7, 2013 01:44 PM

                                      Grew up on Jersey pork roll sandwiches. Now in Georgia and can still get everything but a decent hard roll. Oh man, I sure miss those hard rolls!

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                                        MGZ Apr 9, 2013 06:46 AM

                                        Hard rolls have become increasingly harder to find even in the Garden State,

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                                          EM23 Apr 9, 2013 08:06 AM

                                          It is my understanding that a hard roll is the same as a Kaiser roll. I'm seeing a business opportunity here.

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                                            MGZ Apr 9, 2013 08:25 AM

                                            They are not the same. A hard roll is less dense on the inside and has a harder crust. Kaisers may look the same, but, by way of example, it's sorta like comparin' a French bread to an Italian loaf.

                                            Any Jersey around to help me explain this? Otherwise where are my buddies, bagelman (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858081) or The Professor to help (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639861)?

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                                              linguafood Apr 9, 2013 08:40 AM

                                              Your hard rolls sound pretty much like the German breakfast roll or Brötchen. Damn, I miss those over here, too, and even in Germany it's getting increasingly difficult to get a good one: crunchy golden brown on the outside, fluffy on the inside.

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                                                EM23 Apr 9, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                These? http://notalkxjusteat.files.wordpress...
                                                I used "kaiser" as a generic term. I've had both, but I don't think I have ever heard someone ask specifically for a "hard roll" around here - Long Island/ Queens area. We get whatever roll the deli stocks.

                                        2. Karl S Apr 7, 2013 02:00 PM

                                          The ultimate breakfast sandwich: I've had it, and I've had many wonderful ones. The ultimate one is in one place: Food at Fishers Station, in Victor NY.

                                          http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Ov...

                                          The key to the ultimate wonder is that the rolls are handmade (actually, almost everything is made from scratch), delicate pillows of yeasty delight, with supernal treatment of the eggs brings it the diadem of the ultimate.

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                                            kcward Apr 7, 2013 02:10 PM

                                            For me it is either a Breakfast taco from Mi Madres in Austin, or a torta de tamal on the street in Mexico City, though I do have fond memories of buttered rolls in Jersey.

                                            1. linguafood Apr 7, 2013 02:12 PM

                                              It must be my German coming through, but my favorite breakfast sandwich (besides the also very popular BLT) is a "Strammer Max": slice of toasted bread, topped with cream cheese, smoked ham, sharp cheddar, and a fried egg. That and a glass of skim milk is a bit of a weekend routine.

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                                                kattyeyes Apr 7, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                That sounds delish, but the skim milk made me giggle (heck, we went full on dairy there, why stop with your beverage!). ;)

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                                                  linguafood Apr 7, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                  I get it from a local dairy, and it is ridiculously creamy. I used to drink 2% supermarket, and this is better.

                                                  I would never drink regular skim milk, as it tastes like water. Ick.

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                                                    kattyeyes Apr 7, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                    Ahhh, nice! Sounds fab! Agree wholeheartedly with your last paragraph, too!

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                                                rasputina Apr 7, 2013 02:23 PM

                                                Does open faced count?

                                                Bagel toasted with cream cheese, sliced onion, tomato and smoked white fish

                                                Other than that, I'm pretty boring as far as breakfast sandwiches go. I usually do bacon or sausage on an english muffin with a fried egg and cheddar cheese.

                                                I do love the bacon sandwich, just lots of bacon on toast.

                                                Of course ham and biscuits is awesome but that is more a lunch food than breakfast here.

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                                                  jmcarthur8 Apr 7, 2013 05:46 PM

                                                  A second vote here for a bacon/ egg/ cheddar on an English muffin.
                                                  I like the muffin to be crispy and well toasted, the egg runny and the cheddar sharp.

                                                  Bacon or sausage are for weekends. Weekdays, just the egg and cheese are enough morning richness for me. With a big glass of 1/2 OJ and 1/2 water.

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                                                    cresyd Apr 8, 2013 03:47 AM

                                                    On the white fish trend - pumpernickle bagel, little cream cheese, white fish salad. Maybe tomato if I'm feeling fancy.

                                                    Sigh...this makes me weepy for the US.

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                                                    NE_Elaine Apr 7, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                    I used to open up a small deli @ 5am on the weekends and the most fun we had was coming up with our breakfast.

                                                    My favorite was roast beef sautéed with onions and peppers on a hard roll, topped with a fried egg and muenster cheese. It was incredible

                                                    1. JayL Apr 7, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                      Best breakfast "sandwich"?

                                                      Easy, but some may not consider it a sandwich...although eating something that comes wrapped in bread means sandwich to me.

                                                      Trini Doubles. Doubles is as good a breakfast food as you'll ever find.

                                                      Someone might not find the idea of eating curried chickpeas for breakfast appetizing...but you have no frigging idea what you're missing.

                                                      Doubles.

                                                      Give me two doubles and an aloo pie and I'm set until lunch! Slight pepper please. LoL

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                                                        tcamp Apr 8, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                        That sounds delicious for any meal. Do you like yours along these lines?

                                                        http://trinigourmet.com/index.php/tri...

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                                                          JayL Apr 8, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                          Yep, and at about $1 US they are cheap, cheap, cheap.

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                                                          alkapal Apr 8, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                          Two pieces of fried dough with a garlicky chick pea filling? Count me IN.

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                                                          pie22 Apr 7, 2013 03:43 PM

                                                          toss up for me.

                                                          bagel (jalapeño cheddar if available), toasted with a fried egg, bacon, tomato and american cheese. if avocado is available, add it on! with apple juice to drink!

                                                          or toasted everything bagel with a light schmear of cream cheese, lox, tomato, red onion and maybe a couple capers on the side for select bites.

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                                                            Dirtywextraolives Apr 7, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                            I agree, I can't get hard rolls out west like we had growing up in NE. The rolls here just don't compare, either they are sourdough, which gets tiresome, or the fancy pants ciabatta, Hawaiian sweet rolls or those insipid grocery store hamburger rolls......

                                                            Anyway, if I was back home, I agree with yours, only instead of pork roll, bacon, ham, salami or even fried bologna worked.

                                                            Out here I have to be more creative. We love the open faced toasted English muffin with a fried corned beef hash patty on it and topped with a poached egg. We used to eat those every Sunday for a while. I've also made a fried egg sandwich on a bolillo roll with cheese and leftover carnitas, and lots of hot sauce. That's pretty tasty. Also scrambled eggs with cheese, mushrooms and onions on a toasted pita half. Or there's always my favorite breakfast burrito (one of the few types of burrito I will even eat) with scrambled eggs, chorizo, avocado, tater tots, and cheese, tons of hot sauce, all rolled up in a flour tortilla. That's pretty awesome, and great hangover food. But for the record, I really miss those hard roll egg sandwiches.

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                                                              kattyeyes Apr 7, 2013 06:58 PM

                                                              I hate to tug at your New England heartstrings, but my favorite breakfast sandwich here in my hometown is at O'Rourke's Diner: corned beef hash, egg and cheese on a (you guessed it!) hard roll. They bake 'em right in the diner, too. They'll even bring a bottle of Sriracha if you like it hot.

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                                                                Dirtywextraolives Apr 7, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                Thanks, thanks a lot! Funny thing is, when I left, 20 odd years ago, they had no idea what sriracha is....... Glad they finally got it back home! Will have to ask the extended fam if they know of O'Rourke's and if they can get sriracha..... ;)

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                                                                  MGZ Apr 9, 2013 06:57 AM

                                                                  "[A]nd if they can get sriracha..... ;)"

                                                                  Or a good hot sauce. . . . .

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                                                              Querencia Apr 7, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                              All with meat? I like a 100% whole wheat English muffin, toasted, buttered and spread with Dijon mustard, then filled with an egg scrambled with a big handful of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, and if there's a sweet red pepper around to fry up with the egg, it doesn't hurt.

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                                                                MGZ Apr 9, 2013 07:00 AM

                                                                Not "all with meat", I noted the beauty of the buttered hard roll. Moreover, is Scrapple actually a meat???

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                                                                  grampart Apr 9, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                  Scrapple is definitely meat.....along with some other stuff.

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                                                                Querencia Apr 7, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                Is there such a thing any more as a fried egg sandwich? I haven't had one in at least forty years, haven't seen anyone else eat one either. The bread had to be, like, Wonder Bread. The egg had to be fried in a LOT of bacon grease. Fry one side and puncture the egg yolk so it flattens out then flip the egg and fry it until the edges get crispy. It transports enough bacon grease to soak into the bread. Plenty of salt and pepper.

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                                                                  Florida Hound Apr 7, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                  "40 years" sounds about right. In Boy Scouts, that "Wonder Bread" also got "fried" or toasted in the bacon grease in the iron skillet in the morning campfire. Before the bread went on, we would cut out a square, and a little of the egg in the finished product would drizzle out of that square. Of course, it was fair game to have bacon in this sandwich (I mean, where would the bacon grease come from?).Then, plug the square hole back up with the untoasted Wonder Bread. Ya know, I'm overdue for this taste all over again!

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                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Apr 7, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                    We call those toads in a hole, or egg in a frame. My mom taught me how to make those. Yum.

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                                                                    alkapal Apr 8, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                    Oh, that is some serious comfort food. With mayo, thank you! Best if the egg was really fried with hot bacon fat spooned over the top, so the edges get a little frizzly.

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                                                                      sueatmo Apr 8, 2013 05:01 PM

                                                                      I've made and eaten a fried egg sandwich, but not in possibly 40 years. I believe that a fresh tomato slice completes the sandwich nicely.

                                                                    2. EWSflash Apr 7, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                                      I'm going to sound like a hillbilly after OP's beautiful description, but to me the only breakfast sandwich was, is, and may always be a McD's sausage egg McMuffin. I don't normally eat breakfast, but 3 or 4 times a year I need to eat one of those things. I never eat a sangwich (my son's pronunciation) for breakfast otherwise.

                                                                      1. almond tree Apr 8, 2013 03:37 AM

                                                                        Mushrooms & onions sauteed in olive oil, stuffed together with some humus into a really fresh Iraqi pita

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                                                                          cresyd Apr 8, 2013 03:48 AM

                                                                          No matter how long I live in Jerusalem, I will never be able to associate hummus with breakfast. But then I also always associate hummus to be followed by a nap which isn't what I'm looking for most mornings.

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                                                                          jbsiegel Apr 8, 2013 04:55 AM

                                                                          Two come immediately to mind:

                                                                          1. Scrambled eggs and butter on white bread.

                                                                          2. Fried eggs, over well and broken with bacon and butter on a hard roll.

                                                                          Yum...

                                                                          1. tcamp Apr 8, 2013 06:31 AM

                                                                            I like a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches. If I'm making it, my most frequent preps are (1) breakfast burrito w/ beans, scrambled egg, green onions, jalapenos, maybe some crumbled bacon or lengua, and a little crema; or (2) everything bagel, toasted, with cream cheese, smoked salmon, thinly sliced red onion, and capers.

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                                                                              betsydiver Apr 8, 2013 06:35 AM

                                                                              lately, it's been pretty simple: a whole wheat wrap fillef with scrambled eggs with plenty of hot sauce both on and to dip

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                                                                                laliz Apr 8, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                breakfast burrito: eggs, hash browns, polish sausage, cheese, hot sauce on a flour tortilla

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                                                                                  ipsedixit Apr 8, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                  A burrito is a sandwich?

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                                                                                    alkapal Apr 9, 2013 06:21 AM

                                                                                    what?!?! are you prejudiced against flat breads?

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                                                                                      MGZ Apr 9, 2013 07:03 AM

                                                                                      Well, my original concept was based on the idea that "[a] day started with a handheld meal is a thing of beauty." Burrito are fine by me. Moreover, anything with kielbalsa in it has to be kinda good, no?

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                                                                                        ipsedixit Apr 9, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                        Would, then, a donut constitute a "breakfast sandwich" as well?

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                                                                                          MGZ Apr 9, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                          A good plain donut, sliced open, toasted gently, spread with pimento cheese, and layered with grilled Scapple (or Spam, or ham, or bacon, or pork roll, or sausage, even), would be awesome. Whenever some thievin' chef stumbles across this idea for some brunch in the Northern Liberites or Brooklyn, all I ask is that you call it the ipseZ when you serve it.

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                                                                                            ipsedixit Apr 9, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                            I think a good plain donut is a very very underrated and under appreciated thing of beauty.

                                                                                            In many ways, a plain donut is the prefect accompaniment to a good cup of coffee, or better yet espresso.

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                                                                                              MGZ Apr 9, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                              "In many ways, a plain donut is the prefect accompaniment to a good cup of coffee, or better yet espresso."

                                                                                              I offer no disagreement. I merely submit that they could be the foundation for a terrific breakfast.

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                                                                                              Dirtywextraolives Apr 9, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                                                              I've seen them make burgers using a split Krispy Kreme donut. I bet an egg sandwich with a griddled KK donut would be awesome......might have to try that some day.....

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                                                                                                suzigirl Apr 9, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                I would like one with a fried egg, cheddar and a sausage patty. Now that sounds good

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                                                                                                  jbsiegel Apr 9, 2013 05:43 PM

                                                                                                  I've done a version of "Toad in the Hole" with a plain Dunkin Donuts donut. Family loved it!

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                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Apr 9, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                    The yeast raised/glazed one? I bet that was really tasty....

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                                                                                                      jbsiegel Apr 10, 2013 05:26 AM

                                                                                                      Actually did it with the unglazed cake one...

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                                                                                              MGZ Apr 12, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                              There's a place in my town that has recently added the "Jersey Burrito" to their breakfast menu. It consists of 2 eggs, sweet potato/pork roll has, and cheese. I have not tried it yet, but that sounds like a fine breakfast sandwich.

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                                                                                              EM23 Apr 9, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                                                              Not in MA, anyway http://www.onpointnews.com/NEWS/a-bur...

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                                                                                                laliz Apr 9, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                to me it is~~ tortilla preferred to bread

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                                                                                                  MGZ Apr 12, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                                                  I like tortillas and I like bread, but to prefer the former? I guess I've never had a tortilla that was outstanding. On the other hand, I have had quite a few loaves that rendered one speechless. Where does one get a tortilla so good that it alone, or a few of 'em, could be a meal?

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                                                                                              Beach Chick Apr 8, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                                                              Filet of Fish with extra tartar and a hash brown or small fries squished together..

                                                                                              Bliss

                                                                                              1. kpaumer Apr 8, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                Sunday morning splurge: Homemade sage sausage pattie,
                                                                                                one double yolk egg, Am. Cheese on a Thomas's Sandwich size English muffin.
                                                                                                or

                                                                                                Pumpernickel Bagel, with flaked salmon, cream-cheese, with fresh chives.

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                                                                                                  truman Apr 8, 2013 12:33 PM

                                                                                                  An everything bagel (lightly toasted), chive or herb-garlic cream cheese, sliced tomato, and crispy bacon.

                                                                                                  1. Kris in Beijing Apr 8, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                    As with many posters, some element of this is the experience, plus the food.

                                                                                                    The apartment complex in which I lived for most of my 8yr in NW Beijing was across the road from LongZe Subway Station. We were far enough out from the heart of political Beijing that the street vendors were only driven away once a month or so, and the corrugate steel huts--1 for small clothing accessory items, 2 convenience stores, 3 electronics accessories-- were only demolished once or twice a year.

                                                                                                    Lining the walkway between the bus depot and the cattle gate entrance to the subway, there were no fewer than 30 carts. Nearly all were a propane-powered round flattop connected in some manner to wheeled thing-- a bike, a chain-powered pedal pseud-electric bike, or a motorized bike.

                                                                                                    Each stall served one thing, possibly with a tiny bit of ingredient variation. In aggregate, All the stalls only served a limited list of items-- such as fried twisted bread rolls [a Chinese Churro], tea eggs, and egg-in-dough cooked in an 24 hole iron muffin pan type contraption.
                                                                                                    There were many sandwiches, served stuffed into a split unleavened roll: shaved-off-a-tower lamb, cold pulled spiced chicken, grilled wafer thin chicken breast, fried egg, and my favourite:
                                                                                                    pork, in a huge pot, that had been simmering in spices forever. A hunk would be brought out and then diced/minced very fine, with the addition of an entire 5" spicy green pepper.
                                                                                                    The best vendors would dribble in a little au jus just before serving.
                                                                                                    That and a tea egg made The. Perfect. Breakfast.
                                                                                                    Just before we left in July '11, the price went up a whopping 15% due to the increase in pork pricing, to the equivalent of 48¢US.
                                                                                                    Here's a fairly representative pic:

                                                                                                    http://bit.ly/16JBxiQ

                                                                                                    1. pinehurst Apr 8, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                      I don't know if this is the ultimate, but occasionally my mama which consisted of two fried eggs over easy, salted n peppered, in a pita spread one side with Hellmans (I'm gonna lose some of you with that fact) and the other side with butter.

                                                                                                      It was very good.

                                                                                                      1. PotatoHouse Apr 8, 2013 03:41 PM

                                                                                                        I guess it would be considered an open face sandwich, but it's two small chicken fried steaks set on top of two biscuit halves and covered in red eye gravy. YUMMMM!!!!!

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                                                                                                          suzigirl Apr 8, 2013 04:00 PM

                                                                                                          Yum is right. I want that now.

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                                                                                                            PotatoHouse Apr 11, 2013 04:42 PM

                                                                                                            You can get it at Ross' Diner in Cartersville GA but come early because they sell out everyday.

                                                                                                        2. suzigirl Apr 8, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                          Love an everything bagel with green olive cream cheese and a slice of fresh tomato. Best breakfast sandwich ever

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                                                                                                            rochfood Apr 8, 2013 04:28 PM

                                                                                                            Ahhh..miss me some pork roll up here in Western NY. Good as a breakfast sandwich or a lunch sandwich. The last time I was at the Jersey Shore the first thing I got was a pork roll sandwich.

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                                                                                                              sueatmo Apr 8, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                              Twice in my life I've been fed BLTs for breakfast, using tomatoes right out of the garden.

                                                                                                              I consider this to a gift of the highest order. And no one says you can't add a slice of cheese, either.

                                                                                                              1. gaffk Apr 8, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                OK, I'll play. I have a few favorites.

                                                                                                                1) Fresh bagel. Fry some bacon, fry the egg in the grease, melt white American cheese on the egg; assemble and enjoy.
                                                                                                                2) Fresh croissant. Scramble two eggs with white American cheese; assemble and enjoy.
                                                                                                                3) Buy a fresh baguette and farmer-fresh butter at the farmers' market; slather butter on slices of baguette and enjoy.
                                                                                                                4) Fresh bagel. Cream cheese, smoked salmon, fresh dill from the garden; assemble and enjoy
                                                                                                                5:) Hard roll. Scrapple, egg, ketchup; assemble and enjoy.

                                                                                                                Favorite sandwiches are seasonal and textural.

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                                                                                                                  MGZ Apr 9, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                  Yeah, a croissant sandwich is definitely a solid way to start the day. I no longer have anyplace close to get a good one. Back in the day, however, . . . .

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                                                                                                                    gaffk Apr 9, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                    That's a shame; maybe you'll get lucky. A few years ago, a baker with a real background in French bakeries opened a shop near me. I have been croissant and baguette spoiled ever since.

                                                                                                                2. tim irvine Apr 8, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                  My personal favorite is well toasted, thick slices of buttered sourdough with nice salty Virginia ham and a fried egg or two all with a splash of Sriracha or homemade chili piquin sauce.

                                                                                                                  1. linguafood Apr 8, 2013 09:21 PM

                                                                                                                    One more: slice of toast, cream cheese, generously covered in trout caviar, squirt of lemon.

                                                                                                                    1. Lillipop Apr 9, 2013 05:05 AM

                                                                                                                      I don't eat breakfast but I loved eating a fried egg sandwich for breakfast when I was a teenager.The egg had to be hard cooked and salty on soft white bread.

                                                                                                                      1. JungMann Apr 9, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                        So, in a sense of fairness and full disclosure, I start by noting that I am a son of fat Asian Americans. Hence my breakfast contribution of two scallion pancakes sandwiching a thick layer of spicy pimento cheese, three slices of maple-miso bacon and an egg over easy. Maybe a little kimchi with the egg.

                                                                                                                        Living in New York, I'd be much remissed if I didn't also recommend scallion pancakes topped with cream cheese, lox, maybe a brushing of sesame oil and a few pickled mustard greens.

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                                                                                                                          MGZ Apr 9, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                          Excellent, my friend, on several one levels. Now, please tell me the best spot to get such goodness.

                                                                                                                          Oh, and, thanks for reminding me about pimento cheese. We once brought some back from a Christmas trip to see family (along with a quart of pulled pork), and I used to to make an egg sandwich on an egg-everything bagel. "Good morning to Mr. Z" (there was also a Bloody Mary involved).

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                                                                                                                            JungMann Apr 9, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                            The breakfast sandwiches are something of my own concoction, having to satisfy hunger/hangovers with the international contents of my fridge/freezer.

                                                                                                                            Where I live, the only breakfast sandwiches are salami or bacon with eggs and cheese on a hard roll. Being a biscuit or croissant kind of breakfaster, I just can't get on board with the hard, stale-tasting rolls you get in most bodegas.

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                                                                                                                              MGZ Apr 9, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                              If you ever find a place serving your concoction, please let me know. Otherwise, tell me what time to be at your place on Sunday?

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                                                                                                                            Pwmfan Apr 9, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                                            Please, tell me more about maple miso bacon. It sounds wonderful!

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                                                                                                                              JungMann Apr 10, 2013 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                              These are very hard to resist. They've got a slight sweet and funky kick that plays well with cheese.
                                                                                                                              1 c. shiro miso
                                                                                                                              1 c. maple syrup
                                                                                                                              ¾ c. mirin
                                                                                                                              2 c. rice wine vinegar
                                                                                                                              1 lb. bacon

                                                                                                                              Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large pot, whisk together first four ingredients and cook over medium heat until thick and glossy, approximately 25 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Lay uncooked bacon strips on one sheet and bake approximately 15 minutes or until crispy. Generously glaze crispy bacon with the reduction and bake on the unused cookie sheet an additional 3 - 4 minutes.

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                                                                                                                                Pwmfan Apr 11, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                Thank you so very much for this. I never thought to use miso when glazing bacon. This will be "what's for breakfast" this weekend!

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                                                                                                                              shoo bee doo Apr 10, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                              Very creative. I love this idea.

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                                                                                                                              mwhitmore Apr 9, 2013 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                              Don't know if this counts, but it's what I eat every morning: Two hard-fried eggs 'sandwiched' between two sausage patties. Yes, I pick it up and eat it with my hands!

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                                                                                                                                MGZ Apr 9, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                If you eat it with your hands, then I suggest it's a sandwich given the old Earl's idea.

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                                                                                                                                phatchris Apr 9, 2013 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                Pastechi with papaya hot sauce on a beach in Aruba....yes please.

                                                                                                                                1. jmcarthur8 Apr 9, 2013 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                  One more for me... Toasted thick slab of soury-sourdough bread with a little butter and a lot of peanut butter. No jam on this one.

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                                                                                                                                    Teague Apr 9, 2013 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                    I love this subject.

                                                                                                                                    Also love egg sandwiches. My usual is an egg fried medium, so the yolk is just sort of runny but not runny enough to drip on me in the car, on pepperidge farm very thin whole wheat toasted lightly, with some mayo - or better, miracle whip (that's old fashioned american "boiled dressing" in a jar, for the snobs out there), a leaf of iceberg, salt and pepper. This takes 5 minutes and I like it better than an egg mcmuffin which btw takes longer to obtain.

                                                                                                                                    Another favorite is my imitation of a breakfast from the Paradise diner in Lawrence KS, now defunct. More of a sunday thing, it involves chopped up and steam/sauteed cauliflower, onion, peppers, definitely some thinly sliced carrots, cooked until just tender and wrapped in a browned-in-butter whole wheat tortilla with lots of mild cheddar or american cheese. And hot sauce of some kind for garnish, usually louisiana style. Lately I like yucateca habenero too.

                                                                                                                                    I also love peanut butter on toast, usually on that same pepperidge farm very thin whole wheat, it's a very nice product. I use smuckers natural, that's what I grew up eating and the sort of peanut butter I like. Sometimes I sprinkle some tamari or fish sauce on it. Just for the extra salt and umami I need in the morning. If you feel like living large and have time, sprinkle the umami ingredient over the two halves spread with peanut butter and run them under the broiler for a minute till they brown and blister a little. Heaven.

                                                                                                                                    Edit: Egg McMuffins are pretty good, actually

                                                                                                                                    1. PotatoHouse Apr 11, 2013 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                      has anyone mentioned a sausage melt sandwich? they are made like a patty melt, and I like them on whole wheat bread with chopped grilled onions and add bacon.

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                                                                                                                                        jmcarthur8 Apr 11, 2013 11:47 PM

                                                                                                                                        I do like sausage melts, but they make me want to go take a nap.

                                                                                                                                      2. PHREDDY Apr 11, 2013 06:21 PM

                                                                                                                                        Scrambled eggs,, on the soft side, on Jewish rye, with caraway seeds, of course, butter S&P ad a slice of some cheap American cheese. Cut in half with a cup of hot chocolate!

                                                                                                                                        1. Cherylptw Apr 11, 2013 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                                          Born & raised in New York; many a morning I stopped by my favorite deli on my way to work for a scrambled egg & cheese on a buttered hard roll. So so good! Second up, authentic bagels & bailys: toasted with cream cheese, scrambled egg & cheese, toasted w/ham & cheese I can go on... I no longer live in NY but I can still taste these breakfast treats as if it were yesterday....Ever time I get back up there, I have to buy rolls and bagels to bring home.

                                                                                                                                          And you're right, the sandwich needs to be wrapped in foil for a few minutes to melt the cheese and warm the roll to just the right consistency....

                                                                                                                                          I'm in NE North Carolina now, love sausage biscuits but they're not the same as a NY buttered hard roll...

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