August 6, 2014

New Cookbook: Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches

Disclaimer:  I received a review copy of the cookbook, Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches.  All opinions are my own.
Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches

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

Recipe by Adapted from Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches

  • 1 large egg
  • pita bread half
  • 2 tablespoons prepared hummus
  • 1 tablespoon Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
Cooking Directions
  1. Fry the egg in a non-stick skillet. 
  2. Split the pita into two pieces and spread the hummus over the inside of each piece.
  3. Once the egg is set, remove and and place between the two pieces of hummus pita and serve.
Please note that all photos and content belong to Patsy Kreitman, unless otherwise noted. If you want to use something please ask first.


The Recipe Hunter said...

I love breakfast sandwiches and do have a panini press that I use frequently. But hearing you tell me the cookbook doesn't have many pictures is a real bummer. I'm with you and want to see those amazing pictures to help inspire me. Next time I'm at the bookstore I'll check it out though! But just reading your post made me want to get some English muffins at the store!

Shelby said...

Oh, I would be disappointed for no photos also...that is part of what makes you want to make a recipe! I'm not a huge eat breakfast person during the week but on weekends gravitate more towards it because I'm a late breakfast eater. :)

Patsyk said...

The whole "no photo" thing always bothers me when it comes to cookbooks... and I was sure I wasn't alone in that feeling, so I and to share that bit of info when writing this review. The recipes are good, but having a photo of at least some of them would have been a great selling point for some of them.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I think there should be a requirement that you can't publish a cook book without photos. I do love breakfast though and this sounds like a great book.

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