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.
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!
4 pieces of breakfast sausage (I used tube sausage like Jimmy Dean and just cut four slices)
1/4 onion, sliced
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.