Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

I'll admit it. Sometimes (read: more than I care to admit) I crave the McDonald's sausage mcmuffin. Thankfully I have some self-control, and have not fallen prey to its salty powers as often as I've wanted. While reading my monthly Bon Appétit magazine, I came across their recipe for a breakfast sandwich, with a homemade sausage patty. I couldn't resist trying one for myself.

 
 

With Bon Appétit's sausage, cheddar cheese, chives, and a sunny side up egg, this sandwich is a welcome far cry from any fast food version. 

 

Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

adapted slightly from Bon Appétit
makes eight sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 lb ground pork shoulder
  • 4 english muffins
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • Chives, finely chopped
  • Hot sauce of choice (optional)

Directions

Mix first nine ingredients (everything prior to pork) in a bowl. Add pork and mix with your hands until well combined. Make eight equally sized patties, about 1/4" thick. Using a griddle or cast iron skillet, cook patties over medium heat about 2 minutes on one side. Flip, and place cheese on each patty. Cook 2-3 minutes more.

While your patties are cooking, toast english muffins. You can keep them warm in a 200ºF oven until you are ready to assemble.

Fry eggs in a nonstick skillet until whites are set, but yokes are still runny.

Assemble your sandwich: muffin bottom, patty, cheese, egg, chives, hot sauce, muffin top.

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