Friday, January 4, 2013

A Special Breakfast for the Family


Sometimes the family wants fried egg sandwiches, but sometimes they want something new and creative.  Like I've said before, usually we eat breakfast tacos when we cook breakfast.  But, this New Year's Day, I woke up feeling rather creative and wanted to make something special.

Now, breakfast, at least where we're from, is usually a big feast with eggs, bacon or sausage, pancakes or biscuits, potatoes, etc, etc.  Sounds rather indulgent, huh.  But I wanted to create something that touched on all those components but looked spectacular. And, for some strange reason, the round fried eggs at McDonald's popped into my head.  That launched me into a whole new direction...Breakfast Stacks!  (We'll discuss what that is later.) 

But how in the heck do you get a fried egg to be perfectly round?  Well, I'll tell you.  Canning jar lid rings.  That's right, lid rings.  What's a lid ring, you wonder?  If you've ever made homemade pickles or jelly or jams or preserved your own veggies, you know what this is.  But, if you haven't, there are special jars with a two-part lid that consists of a solid round plate with a wax seal and a ring to screw the plate down.  So, to cook these said round eggs, melt the butter in a skillet.  Put the rings right-side up in the skillet and crack the eggs into the lids.  Here, I'll show you.



Now as you can see, a little of the egg white came out from under the ring.  But that's okay.  Just cut that part off. 

Back to Breakfast Stacks.  Wanting to touch on all of the components of breakfast, I wanted to present breakfast in a unique way.  So I stacked it!  Hashbrowns, bacon (weaved bacon, at that), sausage, cheese, and an egg.  Top with salsa and you have an amazing treat! 

So what's a bacon weave?  Interesting question.  I got a bacon press for Christmas.  It's like a cast iron weight to flatten the bacon out and keep it from curling it up.  But, no, I have to take everything to a different extreme.  What if I weaved strips of bacon, weighed it down, and had a sheet of woven bacon in my Breakfast Stacks?  Oh, yes, I did.  Just weave five strips, three across and two down, interchaning like a braid or weave.

So now you place this weave in a hot skillet and put a bacon press on it.  Don't have a bacon press?  That's okay.  Wrap a brick or an aluminum can in foil and that will do the the trick.  Cook the bacon on one side, flip, and cook the other side.  One tip, though, don't use thick-sliced bacon.  The reason is because you want the bacon to cook and stick together and be done all the way through.  This will give you a nice sheet of bacon for your stack.

One other tip before I show you the finished product and the recipe.  When buying  frozen hashbrowns (one of the very few shortcuts I take), make sure the brand you buy is thin slivers of potatoes.  The thicker slivers will not cook together in a patty and will fall apart, rendering your Breakfast Stack unstackable.

So get your forks out and get ready to eat!



BREAKFAST STACKS

(Makes four stacks)
2 C shredded hashbrowns
20 slices bacon, cut in half
Sliced or shredded cheese (whichever you prefer)
4 pieces of breakfast sausage (I used tube sausage like Jimmy Dean and just cut four slices)
1/4 onion, sliced
4 eggs
2 T butter

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. 

Heat peanut oil in a skillet.  Divide your hashbrowns in four circular piles in the skillet.  Sprinkle sliced onions over each pile and season with salt and pepper.  Cook about 4 minutes on the first side or until the edges look browned.  Carefully flip the piles over to keep the circles intact.  Continue cooking on the other side until done.  Remove from skillet and drain. 


Weave your bacon like the picture above.  Put in a medium-high preheated skillet and press down with a bacon press or can or brick or whatever else you can think of.  Cook on one side until done, flip, press, and cook some more.  Remove from heat and drain.

Cook your sausage patties over medium-high heat until browned and done on both sides.

Now it's time to start layering your stack and preparing to cook your eggs.  Put 1 pile of hashbrowns on a sheet tray.  Add your desired cheese of choice, sliced, shredded, chunks, whatever, on top of the hashbrowns.  Place a sausage patty and a bacon sheet on top of that.  Put it in the oven to keep warm and melt the cheese.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.  Place your lid rings right-side up in the skillet.  Crack the eggs into the rings carefully so as not to break the yolk.  Place a lid over the eggs.  Cook the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny.  If you don't want runny yolks, carefully remove the rings with a fork and turn the eggs over and cook until the yolks are done.

Garnish with green onions, salsa, more cheese, whatever floats your boats.  Fancy pants breakfast!

2 comments:

  1. This is soo good!

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    1. Thank you! I'm sorry to say, though, that the picture could be much better. I've since gotten some good photo editors that make them much clearer. I'm so glad you like it!

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