I've always loved breakfast, but don't have it very often. These days, the traditional egg-based plate is reserved for Sundays - and actually is more "brunch" than "breakfast." Before COVID19, one of our favorite things to do was to visit our restaurant friends to enjoy a brunchy-brunch date on Sunday afternoons.
Every time I decide to cook eggs, I'm reminded of my Mom's morning ritual - which still happens when I'm able to visit... I wake up to the scent of bacon or sausage cooking along with fried potatoes. Normally, I'm the last one to dig in because I need some coffee and wake-up time before eating. It's that feel-good feeling that makes me smile when I whip up a good breakfast in Texas.
While this dish doesn't have potatoes that I absolutely always crave (Quay says I try to find a way to put potatoes into any dish, even if it doesn't make sense - she's right!), it has all the elements of a savory, belly-filling breakfast.
Don't try to add potatoes or you'll get the side-eye.
If you do it right, you'll feel like a superstar, even though it's not what you are. So don't be another loser in the kitchen. It's sweet... It's savory... It's everything you want out of life except for that winning lottery ticket.
Now, get these simple ingredients together and give this a shot!
Vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg make a delicious savory combination.
It's so simple - no mixer needed, just a whisk. Mix all ingredients together into a smooth batter, and you're ready to cook.
I use an All-Clad Belgian waffle maker. I love it. It has a range of heat settings, but my favorite is #5. It takes about 15 minutes to heat up, and when it's ready, I brush on some melted butter and then pour in the batter - starting in the center and making kind of a circle as it fills the maker.
I can fry bacon in a pan on the stove-top, but my go-to method is on a baking sheet in the oven. Go for crispy and let that fat render. Depending on the thickness, it typically takes between 20 and 40 minutes at 400º. I watch closely during the last 5 minutes or so to make sure it doesn't burn.
Leela says to always make a little extra for her
I absolutely hate runny egg whites, but I love a silky, runny yolk. Low and slow is the key, and also either covering the pan with a lid to help the whites cook, or spooning on the butter and oil, similar to basting fish or steak.
🍽 Kitchen Critique
So savory, so tasty. The syrup combines with the cinnamon and nutmeg of the waffle, the salt of the bacon, and the creamy egg yolk. The basil brightens everything up and is quite a surprise flavor alongside everything else. Very good, sir.
Don't forget to season the egg - it needs S&P love, too.
- Potatoes don't belong in every meal
- You're screwed if you don't know how to fry an egg
- The basil is the key here - it balances out the sweetness and lifts everything to a new level, so don't leave it out
- Doggies + bacon = love