What's breakfast like around your house? At our house, it is a mish-mosh of everyone grabbing what they can eat quickly and easily.
Sometimes that means a bowl of cereal or yogurt, other times it's a quick scrambled egg and toast... and when the fridge is empty (read: been out all weekend and didn't get the food shopping done) reaching for a frozen waffle will do the trick.
I am a big fan of making sure we all have something to eat before we head out for the day. You can't start the day off in the right frame of mind if you are listening to your stomach growl, right?
When I received a review copy of Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches, I began paging through to see just what this cookbook had to offer that I wasn't already able to come up with on my own. Because, seriously, how hard is breakfast?
This cookbook bases most of the recipes off of the use of a sandwich maker appliance. I do not own one of those, but the author does offer suggestions on how to adapt the recipes, so the cookbook could appeal to a larger audience.
What I found as I was looking through the book was some fresh ideas on preparing what could seem like the "same old" breakfast sandwiches. Adding fresh herbs to your scrambled eggs before assembling with Swiss cheese on an English muffin... simple changes can make the old boring breakfast ideas brand new again.
If you think that this book is only about breakfast, you'd be wrong. There are also recipes that are "not - for - breakfast sammies" which are more savory and typical of lunchtime fare. If you want something a bit different than a traditional sandwich you could jump into the "open faced meals" which run the gamut of Portobello, Polenta and Manchego Stack all the way to Zucchini Parmesan Melt.
None of the recipes are overly advanced, and only require the desire to try something different for breakfast (or lunch). The ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store, which I find to be a big plus.
The only thing that I was disappointed with in this cookbook is that there really are no photos of the sandwiches except for the cover. I'm drawn to recipes where I am enticed by a drool-worthy photo.
If you are looking for some new sandwich ideas, even if you don't have a sandwich maker, this book will inspire you with some fresh ideas!
Mediterranean Morning Pita
- 1 large egg
- 1 pita bread half
- 2 tablespoons prepared hummus
- 1 tablespoon Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
- Fry the egg in a non-stick skillet.
- Split the pita into two pieces and spread the hummus over the inside of each piece.
- Once the egg is set, remove and and place between the two pieces of hummus pita and serve.