Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter from Awesome on 20

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter from Awesome on 20

People come to Hawaii on vacation and they assume it’s a perfect paradise. There’s certainly plenty of beauty to go around, but financially, most people struggle. Wages are low, and the cost of living is astronomically high. We see new businesses come and go quite regularly, and when it’s a restaurant that we particularly love, seeing their windows boarded up is quite sad. 

When we found out Kiss My Grits had closed down, I was a bit distraught. Where was I going to go for a constantly full mason jar of sweet tea and biscuits the size of a cat’s head? There were so many things on their menu I never got to try, and so many things I wanted to eat over and over again that I’ll never be able to have. 

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter from Awesome on 20

In a fit of despair, I decided to recreate my own version of one of my favorite biscuit sandwiches from Kiss My Grits. Despite living in the South for several years, I never became an expert biscuit maker. I also don’t have the time, equipment, or patience to make my own pork sausage. I do, however, know where to find all this stuff in the grocery store.

When I first read about this combination of spicy sausage, fluffy eggs, sharp cheddar, and apple butter on a buttery biscuit, I was skeptical. Normally I don’t like sweet things anywhere near my eggs. I was completely won over after the first bite, and I have to say, making this in your own kitchen is dang tasty. If you are an expert biscuit maker, I’d definitely recommend that. But I still wanted to eat about three of these even using store brand canned biscuits. That hint of sweetness with the spicy sausage is out of this world.

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter from Awesome on 20

Get out there and support your local businesses, but don’t cry when they’re gone. Get inspired to get into your own kitchen. Put apple butter on your biscuit sandwich. It’s genius.

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter
Serves 8
A flavorful, filling breakfast sandwich inspired by my favorite, former Southern restaurant.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can 8 count jumbo biscuits, or homemade
  2. 1 pound hot sausage, I like Jimmy Dean
  3. 8 eggs
  4. Salt and pepper
  5. 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  6. 1/4 cup apple butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven and cook your biscuits according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Divide your sausage up into eight patties and cook in a large skillet over medium heat for about four minutes a side or until cooked through and brown.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together desired amount of eggs (see note) with a splash of water and a bit of salt and pepper.
  4. Scramble eggs in a skillet, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan constantly with a silicone spatula. This will help them stay light. Just when the eggs are set, sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  5. Build your sandwich by spreading a generous amount of apple butter onto each side of a biscuit. Place the sausage patty down first, then top it with some egg (about 1 egg per sandwich). Pop the top on, pour yourself some sweet tea, and let all the Southern happiness sink in.
Notes
  1. If you're not serving a large group, I suggest cooking all the biscuits and all the sausage, but doing the eggs as needed. You can always reheat the first two, and then quickly scramble up eggs for when you're ready to make these again the next day. You totally will be.
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Lemon Sugar Pancakes from Awesome on 20

Lemon Sugar Pancakes for Pancake Day

Lemon Sugar Pancakes from Awesome on 20

Wait. What’s Pancake Day?

That was my question, too, when my charming English husband first mentioned this. I had never heard of it before. Apparently, in England, instead of Mardi Gras, they have pancake day. Parades, dancing in the streets, tossing beads and showing your boobs are all much too exuberant for the always polite and restrained English. I have to say, I’ve quite learned to enjoy pancake day. Mostly because it involves lemony, sugary, carbs.

Lemon Sugar Pancakes from Awesome on 20

Here’s another thing that still confuses me a bit about pancake day. These are actually crepes, right? Unless there’s some secret distinction my American brain can’t comprehend, I would definitely consider them crepes and not pancakes. But you can’t say that to an English person. They tend not to care for the French. Don’t even try and tell them their pancakes are actually French. Just shut up, and eat them. It’s gonna be awesome.

Here’s how this whole thing goes down. I make the crepe, ahem, pancake batter. Geoff actually cooks them. I walk away while this happens because technically, he’s doing it wrong, but they always come out perfect, so I learn to keep my bossy, rule-abiding mouth shut. Once you start to have hot pancakes coming out of the pan, you squeeze a wedge of lemon over them, sprinkle some white sugar on top, roll it up, and stick it in your face while it’s still hot. I’m sure the English would use a knife and fork. I don’t bother with that and eat it with my hands because I’m a coarse and vulgar American. It’s cool.

You can obviously fill these with whatever you have lying around, but try this simple lemon juice and sugar version. It’s bright and sweet, and the sugar adds a delightful little crunch. It’s supposed to be indulgent. It’s the last fun thing you get to do for the next forty days. If you’re a lent type of person. And if you’re not, it’s still fun.

Lemon Sugar Pancakes from Awesome on 20

If you’re not into parades and beads and public drunkenness, try the Pancake Day experience instead. I was skeptical at first, but now I look forward to it every year. Happy Pancake Day, kids!

Lemon Sugar Pancakes
Yields 10
Thin pancakes simply and deliciously accented with lemon juice and sugar
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons melted butter, plus a bit for the pan
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1-1/3 cup milk (I used skim)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  6. 1/4 cup white sugar
Instructions
  1. Melt your butter and set aside to cool a bit.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, milk, and egg, quickly and gently until combined. Whisk in melted butter.
  3. Heat a medium skillet medium heat and melt a bit of butter in your pan. You might want to use a paper towel to make sure the whole bottom of your skillet is slick. When your pan is hot, pour in about three of four tablespoons (Geoff uses one scoop from a big plastic serving spoon) of your batter, and swirl it around until it covers the bottom of the pan evenly. Allow to cook on one side for about a minute. It will start to lift up on the edges a bit. Flip your pancake and cook for another minute on the other side.
  4. Once your pancakes are cooked, squeeze some lemon juice over each one, then sprinkle it with sugar. Roll it or fold it however your like. Eat and repeat until you think you can't possibly go on. That's the whole point.
Adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson
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Toffee Muffins from Awesome on 20

Toffee Muffins

Toffee Muffins from Awesome on 20

We’re still trying to burn through some of the odds and ends left over from the holidays. I had most of a bag of Heath toffee bits taking up space in the door of my fridge, and there were probably a million things I could do with them. But I’m a girl of simple pleasures. Something warm and soft and sweet and easy is all I need to make me happy.

Toffee Muffins from Awesome on 20

I made muffins. I never know when I’m going to need to sneak a bit of sugar now that we’re “dieting.” I have a lot of skills, but dieting isn’t one of them. I’m completely awful at it. I always end up doing something like making muffins loaded with toffee bits and eating one every couple of hours because they’re so freaking awesome. It never works. I feel guilty for a few seconds, but then I remember how delicious this muffin is that I’m putting into my mouth, and I completely stop caring because muffins are the best.

They’re also super easy to make since there’s no motor required. You will need two bowls, but everything comes together in about five minutes, then 18 minutes in the oven. A couple minutes to allow your muffins to cool down enough to touch them, then it’s straight into your face.

Toffee Muffins from Awesome on 20

Diets are dumb. Muffins are great. Toffee muffins are the greatest. Do it now!

Toffee Muffins
Yields 12
Soft, fluffy, sweet muffins loaded with toffee bits
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 303 grams (2-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 105 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 whole egg
  8. 1 egg yolk
  9. 1 cup plain yogurt
  10. 2 cups toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and lightly spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently whisk to combine and aerate dry ingredients for about 30 seconds.
  3. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine sugar, vegetable oil, egg and egg yolk, and plain yogurt. Whisk until everything is smooth.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and quickly combine with a rubber spatula. Gently fold the two mixtures together just until moistened. Try not to stir for more than 15 seconds. Add toffee bits and gently fold together.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between 12 muffin cups. You can add a drizzle of caramel sauce on top of each muffin if you happen to have it in the fridge.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool just long enough so that you can touch them without burning yourself. Remove gently to wire racks to cool. Removing them quickly will avoid soggy bottomed muffins.
  8. These muffins are best eaten warm so either eat them right away, or give them about 15 seconds in the microwave.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food
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