Long before the fast food giants started producing breakfast sandwiches, busy people made them for breakfast. When you make your own at home, you control the ingredients and nutrition. The breakfast sandwich can be the perfect grab-and-go food. Ingredients should be chosen for nutrition, taste, and portability. Your sandwich needs to travel well!
Whatever bread that you choose for your travel-friendly breakfast sandwich needs to be sturdy enough for the journey. Donít put a breakfast sandwich on bread that will fall apart as you are eating it on the go. Nobody needs to wear their breakfast to work!
Breakfast sandwiches work well on rolls and buns. Drier ingredients that donít slide can work on bagels. Cheese and deli-sliced meats are tasty on bagels. Sliced breads can be used for breakfast sandwiches. You just need to be careful not to overwhelm the holding structure of the bread. For instance, if you used a thick portion of a ham or egg salad on thin sliced bread, you might find yourself making a fashion statement with your sandwich!
Fillings and Condiments
I donít prefer fillings and condiments that can drip from the bread onto clothes. That means using a light touch with condiments. Adding taste and moisture to a sandwich is an important role for a condiment to play. Liquid condiments should ideally bond to the bread and filling. Mayonnaise type dressings, mustard, catsup, bar-b-que sauce, butter, ranch dressing, and any of your personal favorites can be great additions to a sandwich. Adding more condiments or salad-style fillings than can bond to the bread, can lead to a clothing catastrophe!
Warm Breakfast Sandwich Combination Ideas
Use your creativity to take these basic combinations to another level!
*Grilled Ham and Cheese-This is an inside-out bun technique. Using a hamburger bun or other cut roll, spray the cut sides with non-stick cooking spray. Place about an ounce of ham on the flat side of the bun, add a slice of your favorite cheese, and cover with the other rounded part of the bun (cut side out). Grill to your desired shade of brown. Let the sandwich stand for 1-2 minutes before eating, so that the cheese does not drip out.
*Egg and Cheese-Scramble one egg in a container. Add the egg to a heated pan that has some oil or non-stick cooking spray in it, and cover the pan with a lid. Cook over low heat until the egg is set. Add an ounce of cheese to one side of the egg and let it melt. Fold the egg and cheese in half like an omelet. Slide it onto your chosen bread. I like pumpernickel or sourdough sliced bread with mayonnaise, mustard, and a bit of lettuce. If Iím feeling spicy, Iíll add sliced pickled jalapenos.
*Egg and Sausage-Spread mayonnaise on an Orowheat Sandwich Thin. Place a heated sausage patty on the bread. Scramble one egg in a container. Add the egg to a heated pan that has some oil or non-stick cooking spray in it, and cover the pan with a lid. Cook over low heat until the egg is set. Add an ounce of cheese to one side of the egg and let it melt. Fold the egg and cheese in half like an omelet. Slide the egg onto the prepared Orowheat Sandwich Thin. Add the top of the sandwich.
*Deli Meat and Cheese on Bagel-Add a half-ounce of deli meat to one side of a bagel. Add a thin slice of Swiss cheese, or use your favorite thin-sliced cheese. Cover the cheese with another half-ounce of deli meat. Cover with the other half of the bagel. Microwave the sandwich just long enough to melt the cheese. Donít over microwave, or your bagel will be tough.
*Vegetarian Sausage-Use a small sliced bun. I like a sourdough bun. Spread it with Vegenaise. Heat two Morningstar Farms Breakfast Patties according to the package directions. They also have a spicy version. Overlap the breakfast patties on the bun. This is a good option for people who are watching their saturated fat intake. Thereís a lot of flavor in these little breakfast patties!
Make your breakfast sandwich to suit your unique tastes and nutritional needs. Choose ingredients that tickle your taste buds, yet support your nutritional goals. When the food that you eat is gustatorily satisfying and nutritious, you will be able to eat fewer calories and be more fulfilled. As adults, we know that being fulfilled is better than just being filled!
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