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~ Sausage & Egg w/Cheddar, Apple & Apple Butter ~

IMG_4983Can one ever have too many breakfast sandwich recipes?  The answer is an unequivocal, hell no. A sweet sausage patty with a fried, poached or scrambled egg and a slice of yellow American cheese served on thick-sliced Texas-type toast, a gnarly bagel, a craggy-edged nook-and-crannied English muffin, or a flaky buttery biscuit is one of my year-round favorite ways to start the day.  It's safe to assume it's a favorite with most of America too, as all breakfast-all-day drive-through fast-food joints and all-night sit-down-at-the-counter diners serve some version of a sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.  It's hard to compete with its completeness.

That said, as a big fan of sweet and savory combinations, when Fall arrives, I like to change mine up a bit by placing my sausage, egg and cheese on a cinnamon-raisin bagel (sometimes a cinnamon-raisin English muffin) with a slice of cheddar-Jack, sautéed apple slices and a slather of apple butter.  Topped with a few baby arugula leaves, it's downright impressive, gourmet fare. Yes, it does take a little extra-time to "do this sandwich up right".  Tick-tock, yawn and wake up 10-15 minutes earlier on days when you're making them, but, if it's breakfast for dinner you wish to celebrate, this'll take less time than a full-blown meal.  Either way, this is worth the effort.

IMG_4939For 4 sandwiches:

4  high-quality New York-style same-day-baked cinnamon-raisin bagels, or English muffins

1 pound sweet sausage, divided into 4, 4-ounce portions

1  apple, cored and thinly-sliced horizontally

4  jumbo eggs

8 slices yellow cheddar or cheddar-Jack cheese 

4  tablespoons apple butter

40-48  baby arugula leaves

IMG_4940 IMG_4940 IMG_4940 IMG_4940 IMG_4940~Step 1.  Divide the pound of sausage into four equal parts, 4 ounces each.  Pat and press each portion into a 4 1/2" round disc, placing the sausage patties, slightly-overlapping in a 10" nonstick skillet as you form them.  Over medium- medium-high heat, fry the patties until cooked through and golden brown on both sides, turning only once, 5-6 minutes per side.  Using a spatula transfer patties to a paper towel lined plate.  Turn heat off.

IMG_4950 IMG_4950 IMG_4950 IMG_4950 IMG_4950~Step 2.  Using an apple corer, remove core from apple.  Slice a small portion of the top and bottom of the apple off.  Cut the rest into 8 discs, about 1/4" thick.  Over medium- medium-high heat, sauté the apple slices in the sausage drippings, 45-60 seconds per side.  Remove apples from pan drippings and place on a paper-towel lined plate.  Set aside.

IMG_4932 IMG_4932 IMG_4932~Step 3.  Crack eggs into hot skillet of remaining drippings.  Over medium- medium-high heat, fry eggs to desired doneness -- soft and runny centers, or semi-firm centers, your choice.  Cover skillet and remove from heat.

IMG_4962 IMG_4962 IMG_4962 IMG_4962 IMG_4962 IMG_4962 IMG_4962~Step 4.  Lightly-toast the cinnamon-raisin bagels. To assemble the sandwiches, on each of four plates, place two slices of cheese on the bottom half of each bagel.  Slather 1 tablespoon apple butter atop the cheese slices. Place two apple slices atop the apple butter, followed by a sausage patty and an egg.  Loosely cover with plastic wrap and place in microwave to melt the cheese, about 30 seconds.  Remove plastic wrap and garnish each with 10-12 arugula leaves.  Place top on sandwich and serve ASAP.

Place the top on each sandwich & slice it in half:

IMG_4980 2Enjoy each & every apple-buttery applicious bite of Fall: 


IMG_4996Got room for the other half?  You can bet I do:

IMG_5001Sausage & Egg w/Cheddar, Apple & Apple Butter:  Recipe yields 4 hearty breakfast sandwiches.

Special Equipment List:  kitchen scale; 10" nonstick skillet w/lid; spatula; paper towels; apple corer; cutting board; chef's knife; toaster or toaster oven; plastic wrap   

IMG_4915Cook's Note: Can one ever have too many grilled cheese-type sandwich recipes?  The answer is an unequivocal no.  High-quality, super-thin-sliced deli-ham on caraway-seeded rye is one of my favorite sandwiches.  Crispy, thin-sliced apples with a chunk of white or yellow cheddar cheese is one of my favorite snacks.  For another one of my perfect-for-Fall sandwiches, try my ~ Grilled Ham-on-Rye w/Cheddar, Apple and Arugula ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2019)


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