Saturday, February 18, 2012
I love the weekends and not solely because it's a day I don't have to be at work. Weekends are a time when I can sit and enjoy breakfast. I can dawdle and sip my coffee (extra light with two sugars, thank you very much), watch our three cats frolic, and eat something perhaps a little naughty and delicious.
This breakfast sandwich was delicious and filling. You can put just about anything you want in it, keeping in mind that you have to leave room enough for the cover without squishing your filling out the sides.
Have favorite omelet ingredients? It would be terrific in this sandwich! I've made this pastry crust once before for you (found here) and it's a favorite that I've used many times. The original recipe for this breakfast sandwich called for premade biscuits that come in the cardboard tube, which is a terrific shortcut. I just prefer the flakiness of this recipe and the fact that, to me, it tastes less salty.
The recipe I used makes quite a bit of filling and I ended up making another recipe of pastry to use up all the filling. Fine by me, as this reportedly freezes and reheats well. We have enough for several more breakfasts, so we won't have to wait for the weekend to enjoy this delicious breakfast sandwich.
Combine in a medium bowl and set aside:
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
couple of good pinches of black pepper
2/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
In a fry pan put
2 tablespoons butter
5 large eggs, plus one egg yolk (save the white for glazing the pastry)
one slice deli ham for each sandwich (or roughly chop and put in with the eggs)
One or two recipes of pastry crust (link above) or
1 (16.3 oz) can refrigerated biscuits flattened and each biscuit spread into a 5-inch circle
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the eggs and yolk. Cook, without stirring, until eggs begin to set on the bottom. Draw a spatula across bottom of skillet to form large curds. Continue cooking until eggs are slightly thickened but still moist. Remove from heat and let cool.
Spread the cheese mixture over the dough, leaving a border around the edges. Add a couple of spoonfuls of eggs and ham. If you're using the prepared biscuits, fold dough over in half, pinching ends together. If using the pastry crust, roll the top out a little larger than the bottom crust (to allow for stretching over the filling), and pinch together. Use fork tines to press and seal edges together. Use a sharp knife to clean up the edges. (I also put a vent hole in the pastry crust to allow any steam to escape.)
Mix the remaining egg white with a teaspoon of water and using a pastry brush, brush the egg white over the pastry. Bake in 375*F oven for about 15 minutes or until a beautiful golden brown.
MY NOTES: If you decide to add vegetables to this, I would precook them; otherwise I think they may not be cooked enough.
This would have been fantastic with bacon, cooked and crumbled. Maybe some green pepper. Or sliced cheese instead of the shredded Cheddar. I think whatever you choose to use, it would be delicious!