Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast Burger

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We had our first picnic of 2015 over the weekend, and it was glorious. The weather was perfect. Not too hot, not too chilly. A nice breeze, but not blowing your stuff all over the place. Being able to grill outdoors year round is one of the many perks of living in Hawaii. I can never manage to make the right amount of food, though. I’m always a bit distressed that there won’t be enough, and someone will go hungry. Consequently, we have a pile of leftover burgers in the fridge. I decided not to wait around, but to put these ones to good use, and make them in to breakfast.

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I may have gone a little crazy, but if you’re gonna eat a burger for breakfast, your sanity is already in question, so I say, just go all the way. I started out with a toasted English muffin and slathered it with some Tabasco mayo. Just stir some Tabasco sauce and some mayonnaise together. It’s breakfast, not trigonometry. Next I layered on a crispy hashbrown, burger patty, melted provolone, crispy bacon, and a sunny side up egg. It’s a stack of happiness.

It might seem like a bit much for breakfast, but if you were at a barbecue the night before, you’re going to want something hearty and greasy to soak up all that alcohol you didn’t realize you were drinking the night before. Or maybe that’s just us. 

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life is short. Eat a Breakfast Burger. It’s gonna be awesome!

Breakfast Burger
Serves 2
It's a breakfast burger mash up with an English muffin, crispy hash brown, bacon, and a fried egg.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices of bacon
  2. 2 hash browns
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 burger patties
  5. 2 slices provolone cheese
  6. 1/4 mayo
  7. 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste
  8. 2 English muffins
Instructions
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, fry your bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. In the same pan, turn the heat up to medium high and add your hash browns, cooking about 5-8 minutes per side or until they're as brown and crispy as you like. Remove to paper towel lined plate.
  3. While these two things are cooking, you can also be toasting your English muffins, stirring together your mayo and Tabasco sauce, and microwaving your leftover burger patties. I put mine in the microwave for about two minutes, then add a slice of cheese on top to let it melt.
  4. Spread your Tabasco mayo onto each side of your English muffins, put a hash brown on the bottom, add your cheesy burger patty, then break each slice of bacon in half and pop that on the top. You want everything to be ready so you can just slide your egg on top of each burger straight out of the pan.
  5. Head back to your frying pan and turn the heat down to medium low. Fry two eggs, sunny side up, or as you like, and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Slide your eggs, runny yolks required, onto the top of your burger, and put the lid on. Dig in, make a mess, and enjoy.
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Top 10 Posts of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014

When I look back at all the stuff I cooked and created this year, I start to think I’m pretty damn awesome. Like, I’m a freakin’ genius and everybody should love me. Then I remember that I’m a nerdy recluse, so that’s not possible. Regardless, you need to check out my top 10 posts for the year because there’s massive amounts of awesomeness going on here. Get it all!

Pumpkin Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

10. Pumpkin Cake— This cake is sort of unbelievably moist, and the frosting is just ridiculous. It’s so smooth and creamy you kind of want to smear it all over your face, but that would make it harder to eat, so I recommend just putting massive amounts of it in your mouth instead.

Classic Fudge from Awesome on 20

9. Classic Fudge— This is my mom’s recipe, which is really my grandma’s recipe, which really goes back even farther than that. It’s a classic for a reason. It’s sensational. Smooth and deeply chocolaty, I could eat a bucketful.

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8. Brown Elephant Cocktail— If you haven’t gotten yourself a bottle of Amarula yet, you’re just a fool. Think of it as a fruity Bailey’s. It’s creamy and a bit sweet, and mixed with Kahlua and milk, it makes for a super fun cocktail.

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7. Double Chocolate Muffins— When I was a kid, my mom would let us put frosting on a lot of weird and/or inappropriate things, including giant chocolate muffins from Costco. Imagine putting the frosting from the pumpkin cake onto one of these muffins. Then call it breakfast. I have problems.

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6. Pumpkin Scones— Somebody tried to tell me that pumpkin had gone out of style. I immediately imagined myself kicking them in the shins. Pumpkin is all over my top 10, and these scones are ridiculously awesome and way cheaper than at the coffee shop. Eat them all. Every day.

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

5. Passion Fruit Green Tea— The closest Taiwanese tea shop to our house is over a mile away. I feel this is somewhat unacceptable considering there used to be about five tea shops within a block of my apartment. It’s important to keep your favorite things close at hand. Put a pitcher of this in your fridge. You’ll be happy.

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4. Mint Brownies— I’m so happy these brownies are in my life. I took them to work and people flipped over them. We’re imagine an ice cream cake version at some point in the future. They’re a touch fussy, but completely worth the effort. Chocolate mint heaven.

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3. DIY Air Conditioner— One non-food post made it in to the top 10. This thing blew right in my face for months until, after a month of record high heat, we finally had to break down and buy a real air conditioner. I still highly recommend this super cheap method of adding a bit of extra cool air to your life. 

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

2. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi— I just got a little sad realizing I haven’t eaten this in a while. I’m an idiot because this recipe takes five minutes to make and tastes like crunchy potato pillows. Don’t sleep on them. Put them in your face. Five minutes, people.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

1. Peanut Butter Fudge— This is not only the top post of the year again, it’s the top post basically every day. My mom’s peanut butter fudge is the most addictive thing I’ve ever eaten. I literally cannot be in the same room with this fudge without eating it non-stop.

What were your favorite recipes of 2014?

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Dutch Baby Bunny | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Dutch Baby Bunny

Dutch Baby Bunny1

When I was a teenager, every year I looked forward to the Christmas brunch party thrown by m dance teacher for her student assistants. Patty, my dance teacher, adored Christmas, so much so that her guest bathroom was decorated for the holiday 365 days a year. She always had the biggest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen, and her walls were completely covered with Christmas stocking. It was magical.

Dutch Baby Bunny | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

She also served an amazing breakfast that included Dutch Baby Bunnies. These are eggy oven pancakes that puff up with you pour them into a hot pan of melted butter. They’re a bit like Yorkshire pudding or a pancake version of a popover. Also, they’re completely delicious.

The versatility of this recipe adds to the fun. You can add in little bits of bacon or small pieces of chopped up fruit. You can top them with syrup or cooked fruit or sticky sausages. I love food with possibilities. The customization makes this recipe perfect for a party. That and the fact that it’s nearly effortless to make.

Dutch Baby Bunny | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

 

Invite some friends over. Get a pan of butter screaming hot. Make Dutch Baby Bunnies. It’s gonna be awesome.

 

Dutch Baby Bunny
Serves 2
Dutch Baby Bunny is an eggy, puffy, oven pancake of endless possibilities.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Put your butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet or other oven-proof pan and put it in the oven to melt the butter. Be careful not to let it burn.
  2. In a medium bowl, gently whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. In a small bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently but quickly whisk to combine. Mix until just combined and not a second longer. A few lumps are fine.
  3. Using a pot holder, remove your pan of hot butter from the oven. Pour the batter into the skillet and put it back in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove the baby bunny to a serving plate and cut into wedges to serve. Top with your favorite flavors.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown
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