June 25, 2010

Nothing to Eat for Breakfast


J: "Anything to eat for breakfast?"
L: "Nope."
J: "... cereal?"
L: "Yup."

J: "Hey, we have bagels?"
L: "I'll toast it for you."

J leaves for work with toasted stale bagel tucked inside his tummy.

L: "Gosh, I'm really hungry. What can I whip up?"

L: "Mmmm, this is delicious! Wonder how J's doing with that stale bagel in his tummy? [Giggles to self] Maybe I should make him this for breakfast tomorrow..."

Proceeds to devour breakfast burger.

Moral of the story: Always take a gander in the fridge & pantry - and take a moment to think creatively - before deciding there is nothing to eat at home... =P

For this impromptu breakfast, I simply gathered items I already had laying around (mostly leftovers). Instead of burger buns, substitute any other kind of bread: sandwich bread, sliced French bread, stale bagel, English muffin, etc.. Make the same kind of substitutions for the deli meat & cheese - anything will do! However, I do highly recommend using the avocado coated in a squeeze of lime juice. It freshens up the dish while also adding a creamy richness without the extra fat.

Open Faced Breakfast "Burger"
(1 serving)

1 burger bun, split & toasted
2 eggs
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or regular white vinegar)
   few slices deli meat, your choice (I used turkey)
1/4 of an avocado, sliced into about 4 wedges, tossed with a squeeze of lime juice
   squeeze of lime juice
2 slices deli cheese, your choice (I used Swiss)
   grated Parmesan cheese
   salt & pepper

Poach the eggs:

  • In small saucepan, bring about 2 inches of water & 1 tbsp vinegar to a boil. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into 2 separate small bowls, careful not to break the yolks. 
  • Once water comes to a boil, turn off the heat. Gently slip the eggs into the water & cover with a lid. Set timer for 4 minutes. If you don't like your eggs runny, set timer for 4 1/2 - 5 minutes for a well done yolk. 
  • Use a slotted spoon to scoop out the eggs once they are done.
Put together the "burger":
  • Toast bun halves in a regular ol' toaster to desired toastiness. 
  • Top toasted bun halves with deli meat, avocado, cheese and poached egg on top. Sprinkle salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese on top of the eggs while still steamy. 
  • Eat with ketchup or any other kind of condiment - or eat plain. 
  • Proceed to devour your breakfast!

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