If you don’t know what pork roll is, you’re clearly not from New Jersey. Known regionally by brand names such as Taylor ham, Case or Trenton, it’s a cured and smoked processed meat that tastes like a spicy and salty version of SPAM (though it’s sold in a roll, rather than a can). It’s also the main ingredient in a signature breakfast sandwich along with American cheese and a fried egg. Outside Jersey, it’s long been popular in parts of Philadelphia and Delaware, but today the sandwich is evolving and expanding geographically, thanks to chefs who share a sense of nostalgia for this classic diner fare.
Stuck in a neverending cycle of boring — or worse, nonexistent — breakfasts? We’ve all been there. Nutrition experts have long lauded the health benefits of a balanced breakfast, and yet it’s still the most-overlooked meal of the day. But we need dishes that are worth waking up earlier for, and bland, soggy oatmeal just won’t cut it. However, a flatbread pizza topped with a fried egg, crispy bacon and sun-dried tomatoes might do the trick. Or how about ham, eggs and cheese served atop a bed of chewy quinoa and fresh spinach? Yep, that’s more like it. These recipes are no more complex than scrambled eggs with a side of toast and hash browns, but hopefully our refreshed presentations will inspire a new passion for the morning.
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Caesar Salad (pictured at top)
Salad for breakfast? Trust us on this one. Since egg yolk is a crucial ingredient in traditional Caesar dressing, it makes perfect sense to top crunchy romaine with a sunny-side-up egg for your morning meal. The Food Network Kitchen chefs recommend swapping out the anchovies for sun-dried tomatoes, which have the same familiar umami pop, minus the fishy flavor.
If the seasonal tradition in your home calls for a wake-up-worthy breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning instead of a grand feast at dinnertime, you’re in luck, because these savory and sweet recipes will start your holiday on a hearty note. Read on below for classic picks like baked eggs as well as crowd-pleasing ham, dressed-up bacon and cornbread casseroles.
Panettone Bread Pudding
A favorite among many Italians during the holiday season, panettone is a sweet, soft-inside bread often studded with dried fruits. Here Ina Garten lets the bread sop up a rich, creamy custard laced with almond extract, so when it bakes, it’s full of moisture and flavor. For welcome crunch, she blankets the top of the bread pudding with sliced toasted almonds before it goes in the oven.
Waffle bars aren’t just for breakfast (though they’re great for that). They also make awesome family dinners and serve as the perfect party buffet. Best of all, they’re deceptively simple. Even the most-festive waffle bar can be set up in three easy steps.
1. First, decide on the waffle recipe you’ll use. A few fan-favorite suggestions:
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
Popular in Israel, shakshouka is a savory egg entree made with tomatoes, peppers and onions. Though it’s most commonly served as a main dish for breakfast, it’s also eaten for lunch and dinner. As it reaches our shores, chefs are putting their own twist on it.
I’m totally the type of person who goes to bed excited about her morning coffee and breakfast. I’m sure this psychotic enthusiasm warrants some sort of therapy, but whatever. Mornings are my FAVORITE. The air is still. The streets are calm. My baby gremlins have yet to emerge from their caves.
Aside from the coffee buzz I satisfactorily achieve by 6:20 a.m., I can almost guarantee that my breakfasts are better than yours. Don’t be mad! But it’s true.
And I’m not exaggerating when I say I eat this exact breakfast sandwich nearly every. Single. Morning. I may switch out the spinach for kale, the red onions for sliced mushrooms, the sun-dried tomatoes for fresh garden Romas, but the principle is the same: runny yolks, melty cheese, all in my face.
And I’ve made a painfully simple version for your kids. We take out the fancy-pants adult toppings, and simply scramble up some fluffy eggs, place them on a toasted English muffin and top them with a mountain of cheddar.
School is back in session, and we are all looking for ways to streamline our routines, especially in the morning. But “routine” can sometimes also mean “rut.” Take breakfast, for instance. Yes, it is easy to rely on the tried-and-true cereal route, and, hey, there’s nothing wrong with some high-quality, low-sugar cereals to jump-start a busy day. (My secret confession: Cereal is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.) But what if you want to mix it up a bit at breakfast but don’t want to take on a major cooking task first thing in the a.m.?
Here are four make-ahead breakfast ideas that all take fewer than three minutes of morning prep time:
1. Mini Muffins
I make up batches of high-fiber, high-protein mini muffins and keep them in freezer bags for breakfasts and snacks anytime. Why mini and not regular muffins? Tiny minis thaw out in minutes. But the real reason (mom to mom): Texture is less important in a mini muffin than in a regular-sized muffin. You can load those babies up with healthy goodies, like flax, bran or ground nuts — things that could turn a regular muffin into a doorstop — and your kids won’t even blink an eye. Try my Magic Fruit-and-Veggie Muffins recipe (pictured above, featured in Food Network Magazine).
In the throes of back-to-school chaos, the meal that’s most often overlooked is breakfast. Assembling an elaborate plate seems like a scene from Mission: Impossible, especially when there are bookbags to pack and buses to catch. Sure, on-the-go breakfasts like yogurt cups and granola bars are reliable in a pinch, but nothing beats a homemade, sit-down meal. If you’ve been saving your favorite classics like pancakes and omelets for weekends at home, there’s no need: With a few helpful tips and the right ingredients on hand, you can have satisfying plates ready in a flash. Make time for the most-important meal of the day with these 10 breakfast dishes ready in 15 minutes or less, from omelets and poached eggs to pancakes and oatmeal.
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Eggs Benedict is the quintessential brunch item — a dish to be savored and not rushed on a leisurely Sunday morning. But there’s no reason this comforting medley of crisp Canadian bacon and soft poached eggs atop toasted English muffins can’t be part of your weekday breakfast routine. Ree Drummond uses her mother’s quick and easy method to ensure the eggs come out right: When the water comes to a gentle simmer, add a little bit of white vinegar to the pan. Then, use a spoon to create a whirlpool before adding the eggs. This spinning motion encourages the whites to wrap around their yolks.
On vacation, normal breakfast routines go out the window — as they should, because your much-deserved days off should start with craveworthy morning meals. Whether you’re sightseeing, relaxing near the beach or enjoying a staycation at home, we’ve got the lowdown on breakfast destinations that are worth a special trip.
The lines often stretch around the block for these popular doughnut shops across the country, and once you’re biting into a decadent, deep-fried ring of dough, you’ll understand the reason why. Start the day with a maple-bacon doughnut in Washington, D.C., a birthday cake variation in Chicago or a Cointreau creme brulee confection in Portland, Ore. Check out Food Network-approved doughnut shops from coast to coast.
While eggs can be enjoyed in several forms, there’s nothing quite like cutting into a hot, runny yolk. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Jeff Mauro puts a twist on traditional eggs Benedict — he nixes the usually necessary cutlery and transforms this brunch-time favorite into a decadent sandwich. Despite its hybrid name, eggs Benedict purists shouldn’t be alarmed. This dish features all of the classic ingredients: runny eggs, smoky ham and a velvety hollandaise sauce, which Jeff makes extra simple. Instead of tempering the mixture of egg yolks and butter, he combines the ingredients in a blender.
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Get the Recipe: Eggs Benedictwich (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine.