Papa G's Benedict

September 27, 2017

Every time I visit my parents at home, Papa Gowdy always goes out of his way to cook us up one of his famous breakfasts. Until I went off to college, Sundays were always a brunch feast. Papa G would always prepare us pancakes (sometimes he'd make them into fun shapes, like the head of a cat!), fried eggs, and sausage. But over years, breakfasts have evolved into all sorts of creations. Today, we bring you an admittedly not-very-healthy breakfast meal (don't look at the nutrition info, I'm warning you!), but one that's full of heart. This dish may put some meat on your bones, but it's definitely worth it! I bring you: Papa G's Benedict.

 

The base of all great Benedicts is, of course, the perfectly toasted English muffin. We use a toaster oven that gets each slice to the perfect shade of toastiness. Place them face up, two per plate. 

 

 

Wilting spinach is a quick and easy step. If you don't have a nonstick pan, add a little bit of olive oil to the pan as it's heating up. Be sure to turn off the heat as soon as the spinach is wilted to your preference, so that it doesn't overcook. You can even turn the heat off a little bit earlier, so that the residual heat gets the spinach to your precise preference. 

 

We use Jimmy Dean pork sausage patties, which isn't the healthiest option, but it's definitely delicious! There are plenty of healthy alternatives, or sausage patty recipes, that would be great substitutes in this recipe. 

 

 

Papa G is very specific, you must stack the Benedict in this exact order: English muffin, spinach, sausage patty, egg, salt, pepper, paprika, then cheese slice. The cheese will get all ooey and gooey and delicious after about 30 seconds. 

 

We hope you enjoy this little slice of the traditional Gowdy family Sunday brunch! Happy cooking everyone!

 

 

 

Papa G's Benedict

 

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      Prep Time                             Cook Time                          Total Time

         5 min                                    15 min                                  20 min

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Creator(s): Papa Gowdy

 

Recipe Type: Benedict

Serves: 3

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 3 English muffins, halved and toasted

  • 6 slices American cheese

  • 6 sausage patties

  • 6 eggs

  • 2 cups spinach

  • Dash of paprika

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

 

Directions

 

  1. Heat a large, nonstick sauté pan. Add the spinach and wilt for about 5 minutes, then turn off the heat.

  2. Heat another large pan, and place the sausage patties. Cook for about 5 minutes, flipping halfway. 

  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Using a spoon, swirl the water, then add the eggs in. Poach for 2-3 minutes, then remove from water.

  4. Place the two halves of the toasted English muffin face up on a plate. Add 1/6 of the spinach, 1 sausage patty, and 1 poached egg to each half of the muffin. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika on the top of each egg, then drape one slice of cheese on top. 

  5. Wait about 1 minute for the cheese to melt, and enjoy!

     

 

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Notes

 

* American cheese is the chosen cheese because of it's mild flavor and its ability to melt quickly. Similar substitutes are also welcome.

* Be sure to cook the sausage patties according to instructions. For this particular instance, a pre-cooked, frozen sausage patty was used, and so only required heating up on the stove. 

* Adding a little white vinegar to the poaching water can help the eggs maintain their shape in the water. Just be sure not to add too much, as vinegar has a strong flavor. 

* The cheese will melt if placed on the eggs immediately after the eggs are removed from the water - the residual heat is enough and does not require an extra step to melt the cheese.

* Nutrition information is based on 1/3 of the recipe, with all ingredients and a Jimmy Dean sausage patty.

 

 

Nutrition

 

  • Serving size: 1/3 of recipe 

  • Calories: 701.4

  • Fat: 47.4 g

  • Saturated fat: 19.8 g 

  • Carbohydrates: 32.2 g 

  • Sugar: 3.9 g

  • Sodium: 1881.6 mg     

  • Fiber: 5.0 g

  • Protein: 39.5 g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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