Confession time. I have a secret guilty pleasure, not one that I’m proud of mind you, but it’s time I came clean. I love McDonald’s sausage egg and cheese bagels. Well I did until I bought one for the sole purpose of breaking down the flavor. After eating it and focusing on its profile, I realized, there’s just not a lot going on there. I figured that we could do better, and after a couple of failed attempts, we did.
What to expect: The blending of regular sausage and chorizo gives it a nice balanced flavor. You will get a little heat, from the chorizo and a nice compliment of the spices without it being overpowering and in your face. By grilling it you will get that nice grilled flavor that you can only get from grilling. The grilled peppers and onion class it up a touch, add flavor and texture. While the cheese gives it a creamyness that you expect cheese to give it.
Yeild: 4 quarter pound breakfast sandwiches.
*Note: the pictures will show six sandwiches being made. We did two non-chorizo ones for my wife.
What you’ll need:
About 2 hours of time, most of it can be prepared the night before.
Grill set up for direct grilling.
1/2 lb sausage
1/2 lb chorizo sausage
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 medium sized sweet onion
4 slices of cheese of your choice. We chose sharp cheddar.
Salt and pepper
The following steps can be done the night before.
Slice the peppers and onions into long thin strips.
Gently, yet throughly blend the chorizo and sausage together. I found it best to fold it like you would bread dough.
Place a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet, devide the sausage into four equal parts. Form into a patty the same as you would a hamburger. (If doing the night before, cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate, get a good night’s sleep)
Set grill up for direct grilling and cook the sausage patties just as you would hamburgers with one exception. You’ll want to flip about every two and half minutes until done.
Place peppers and onions in a grill pan, season well with salt and pepper, grill direct until al dente.
Sear the bagels if you so choose.
Construct. I recommend placing the peppers and onions on the bottom, this will keep it from being “top heavy” and everything from falling off as move them or when you try to eat them.
Carefully rearange your coals for indirect cooking. Place your sandwiches in the void between the coals, put the lid on and let the cheese melt, about one minute.
Serve and enjoy, while the neighbors enjoy the wonderous smell of your breakfast as they dive into their nice bowl of cold cereal.
Remember, what you cook isn’t nearly as important as who you cook it with.