I used to be a yogurt parfait kind of girl. I made my own granola, purchased fresh fruit and greek yogurt. It was my go to breakfast. I may get back to that girl… but now I am 100% all about the breakfast sandwich. My eldest stepson’s birthday fell on a Sunday a few weeks ago and in celebration we created a make your own breakfast sandwich buffet.
First step was to ask the boys what they thought they would want to put in their breakfast sandwich. The list was long – tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, english muffins, eggs, lettuce, spinach, hummus, chipotle sauce, horseradish sauce, ketchup, salt, and pepper.
And here is what they came up with:
- Me: Sun-dried tomato, egg, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and bacon on an english muffin
- A: Sun-dried tomato, tomato, egg, parmesan, Canadian bacon and bacon on an english muffin
- C: Tomato, egg, cheddar cheese, hummus, and bacon on an english muffin
- C: Sun-dried tomato, tomato, egg, cheddar cheese, and bacon on an english muffin
- L: Egg, salt, pepper, and Canadian bacon on an english muffin
Eggs were made individually in a 3.5 inch cast iron skillet, the smallest size that is perfect for frying eggs. This allowed each person to decided if they wanted the yolk broken or not, or if they wanted to add anything specifically to the egg. The most popular ingredient to add in the egg was cheese. The least popular was spinach, which is of course what the mom did (me!) in an attempt to make mine healthier.
The favorite ingredient across the board? Bacon! Second favorites included tomato, sun-dried tomato and Canadian bacon.
I loved this breakfast idea for a few reasons. First, it gave each kid responsibility to make their own breakfast. They in turn seemed to really like being in control and getting to add whatever they wanted. Second, the family was talking immediately! “What did you add?” “Is it good?” “Maybe I should add this over that?” It was constant conversation in the kitchen about food and getting creative with flavors, and not about video games or who didn’t do what chore or why this person needs to do more chores. And lastly, it was truly a family affair. To get everything toasted and cooked at the right time meant someone was on toasting duty, another on frying bacon duty and a third on eggs. Then a fourth to set the table and a fifth to help chop the ingredients. Everyone was helping. Everyone was together. And there was very minimal fighting. I consider that a win for mom!
Do you have a special meal that brings the family together?! Please share!