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Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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American cheese is such an odd thing. Depending on your source, it’s either a blend of colby and cheddar cheeses, or a frightfully described concoction that is required by law to be labeled “processed.” Ick, right?

The cheese snob in me avoided American cheese for years. If I wanted something melty, I turned to fontina. Melty with flavor, havarti.

I made grilled cheese sandwiches and paninis with sharp cheddar (and now and again with smoked gouda). Super yummy in theory, but … something was missing. Just not right. They were not the grilled cheese of my youth (and mom totally rocked the grilled cheese).

I researched high and low, using techniques from Alton Brown (whose secret is to grate the cheese for perfect meltability) to Cooks Illustrated to random (and sometimes downright strange) tips from the interwebs.

It drove me mad. What was the secret? White bread, sourdough, French bread: it didn’t matter. Each lent their own texture and yeasty goodness, but none were the problem.

I used tons of cheese, mounds of cheese. A mere whispery thin slice of cheese.

Buttered the bread on one side, on both sides (eh?), painted on perfectly temperature-gauged melted butter with tender loving care. Grilled the sandwiches on high. On low. Medium. Medium-low. Griddle pan, frying pan, cast iron, open flame, baked-in-the-oven.

Nada. Zip. Zilch. Bupkis. Failure.

Not the same.

(I had to google the spelling of “bupkis,” by the way, as it’s one of those words that I’ve heard and said hundreds of times over … but have never seen in print until today.)

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Finally, I relented. Cringing all the way, I picked up a pack of American cheese and flung it in my cart as though I had just been sneezed on.

And went home and grilled up some sandwiches.

Aww, nuts.

Success. Success at the hands of American cheese.

Oh, the foodie shame.

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But, I’m not one to let pride stand in the way of a great sandwich, and with my foundational grilled cheese perfected, experimentation was mine … all mine.

And that’s how we have today’s breakfast grilled cheese sandwich: the perfect grilled cheese topped with eggs and sausage.

It’s not your typical eggs-sausage-and-cheese morning eye-opener on a day-old English muffin. No. It’s grilled cheese, people. Grilled cheese for breakfast.

You put an egg on anything, and suddenly it’s totally suitable for breakfast.

And lunch. And dinner. Comfort food, thou art ooey gooey grilled cheese with eggs and sausage.

Karen xo

 

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Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Author: Karen Gibson

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bread English toasting bread is particularly lovely
  • butter for spreading
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 1 link sweet Italian sausage pork, chicken or veggie substitute, removed from casing and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cream or milk optional
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat a large grill pan or griddle over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread. When the griddle is hot, lay the bread slices buttered side up and toast until just lightly browned. Flip the slices so they're buttered side down. Immediately lay one slice of cheese on each slice of warmed bread. Let the bread grill while you work on the sausage. When the cheese begins to melt, turn down the heat to medium-low so that the bread doesn't burn.
  • Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and onions, and saute until the sausage is completely cooked through. Whisk the eggs, adding cream or milk (if using), then pour into the pan with the sausage. Turn heat to medium-low. Use a spatula to move the eggs around the pan, gently mixing in the sausage and onions while making sure the eggs are scrambling and not sticking to the pan. Season with a big pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Divide the eggs and sausage mix into 4 servings, and transfer each serving to a slice of bread. Top the eggs and sausage with a slice of bread (cheese side down) to create four sandwiches, and press gently with a spatula to help the melted cheese glue the sandwich together. Check the underside of the sandwich to make sure it's nicely golden and toasted.
  • Serve immediately. Try to restrain yourself from making more. Or don't. It's comfort food season, people.
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.

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Buck Weber

Thursday 21st of November 2013

We also use American cheese for grilled cheese sammys and soup. The only other dish we use it in is to layer on our good old tater tot casserole.

This breakfast grilled cheese looks outstanding, going to have to try it!

Sandi

Friday 1st of November 2013

Nothing melts properly for grilled cheese except American. I'm a cheese snob too. Didn't eat the stuff from the time I moved out at 18 until I at my husband at. He loves his American cheese. It has it's place. It melts smoothly, in frying pan or cooking pot (Velveeta), is lower in fat than 'real cheese' which means a less greasy final product whether it's grilled or part of a 4 cheese mac n cheese. I surrender. But we never buy the single wrapped stuff. It's too alien.

Sandi

Friday 1st of November 2013

'met my husband at 35'. I so need to proofread at this time of the AM.

Christine

Wednesday 16th of October 2013

I haven't made a grilled cheese sammy in ages, loved them as a kid. Like you, the issue was the "cheese". But this has just elevated the sandwich to an art form! Love this.

SoupAddict

Thursday 17th of October 2013

I hope you get to try it someday - it's kind of grown up grilled cheese. (I called it "breakfast" grilled cheese, but I've been really digging it for dinner with a bowl of soup. Comfort food!)

Cher

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

The grilled cheese of my youth involved Velveeta - I know its not real cheese, but it sure was ooey and gooey, which was all that mattered in my child's brain :-)

I usually use white American if I am having a straight up grilled cheese - now, you totally amped things up with the whole adding the sausage and eggs deal.

SoupAddict

Thursday 17th of October 2013

Velveeta is another thing that brings about foodie-shame. But, for my money, the best queso chip dips, and Hanky Panky appetizers and the like, are made with Velveeta. Smoooooth!

kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

Monday 14th of October 2013

My kids would inhale this. Thanks, Karen!

SoupAddict

Thursday 17th of October 2013

Ha ha, that's the second comment about kids loving it - maybe I'm supposed to be too mature to eat grilled cheese! (Nahh, I'll gladly scootch in at the kids table if it means grilled cheese ;) )