Friday, January 16, 2015

the simple five: five ingredient breakfast sandwich

In order to regulate the salt, sugar and fat intake in our diets, I try to avoid the temptation of convenient drive through/fast food establishments by cooking ahead of time and making use of our freezer. Although it may be convenient to go through the drive through for quick meals (especially in between commutes to work, school, extracurricular activities and social events), with a little planning, this recipe provides a (relatively) healthy and delicious breakfast, ready in minutes and can be taken to go.

I especially like this recipe for early morning commutes.  Usually a large batch of sausage patties are made on a weekend, serving what is needed for that morning, and freezing the remaining for subsequent breakfasts.  It makes the morning rush so much easier.


Five Ingredient Breakfast Sandwich
(makes approximately 8-12 sausage patties)

  • 1 teaspoon each of various spices and herbs to personal taste (I used chopped garlic, ground thyme and sage).
  • 2 pounds organic ground turkey or pork
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Whole wheat english muffins
  • Cheese of choice (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss are good choices).
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix the garlic with the pork.  Add the thyme, sage and maple syrup.  Mix well until very well blended.
  • Using a spoon or your hands, form the meat into patties about 4 inches round.
  • Place as many patties that can fit in a cast iron skillet or glass baking dish.  
  • Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, flipping sides midway, until patties are brown.
  • Toast the english muffins.  
  • Slice the cheese and place with the sausage patties, onto the english muffins (or you can bake eggs in a muffin tin at the same time as the sausage patties).
  • FREEZE FOR LATER:  You can freeze half of the sandwiches that will be consumed at a later date.  Wrap individual sandwiches into paper towels and place in a ziplock bag.  Freeze (good for up to 3 months).  When you want to heat the sandwiches, remove  the number of sandwiches you require and heat in the microwave on high for about 2 minutes, depending on the temperature of your microwave.

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