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A breakfast sandwich
|Place of origin||United States|
|Main ingredient(s)||Bread, breakfast meats, eggs, cheese|
A breakfast sandwich is a type of sandwich, which is made with two slices of bread cut or obtained from a loaf with a variety of fillings. Breakfast sandwiches are served for breakfast at fast food restaurants and delicatessens or bought as fast, ready to heat and eat sandwiches from a store. Breakfast sandwiches can also be made from scratch in the home.
Breakfast sandwiches typically are made using breakfast meats (generally cured meats such as sausages, patty sausages, bacon, country ham, Spam and pork roll), breads, eggs and cheese. These sandwiches were typically regional specialties until fast food restaurants began serving breakfast. Because the types of bread common, such as biscuits, bagels, and English muffin were similar in size to a fast food hamburger buns, they made an obvious choice for fast food restaurants. Unlike other breakfast items, they were perfect for the innovation of the drive-through. These sandwiches have also become a staple of many convenience stores, that serve them as take-away items.
Types of bread used
There are several types of bread used to make breakfast sandwiches:
- Hard roll: The traditional breakfast sandwich of the northeast's tri-state region (NY, NJ, CT). Believed by some [according to whom?] to be one of the earliest forms of the breakfast sandwich in the United States. Consists of a hard roll, eggs, cheese and sausage, bacon or ham. In New Jersey, a common breakfast sandwich is the Jersey Breakfast which consists of pork roll, egg, and cheese on a hard (Kaiser) roll.
- Biscuit: This consists of a large, or cat-head, biscuit sliced on which meat, cheese, or eggs are served. Popular biscuits include: Sausage biscuit, bacon, tomato, and country ham. Fast food restaurants have put smaller versions of fried chicken fillets on biscuits to create chicken biscuits. Scrambled eggs and/or American cheese are often added.
- Bagel Sandwiches: Due to its connection with German and Jewish ethnic groups, bagels often have foods popular in these communities. Deli meats, Canadian bacon, lox or other smoked fish, and cream cheese are popular on bagel "sandwiches".
- Toast: Toasted bread is one of the oldest forms of breakfast sandwich in America, and the closest to the original sandwich in form. While any number of items might be served on toast, eggs and bacon are the ones most associated with breakfast.
- Specialty breads: Mostly served by restaurant chains, there are other breakfast sandwiches that do not use one of the common breakfast breads. Burger King uses a croissant to make a breakfast sandwich called the Croissan'Wich, or croissant sandwich, depending on the market. McDonald's offers its traditional biscuit fillings on a sandwich made from maple flavored pancakes called a McGriddles. Dunkin' Donuts has a waffle sandwich that is similar to the McGriddles. These can be found at American fast food Franchises worldwide.
- Breakfast roll
- Egg sandwich
- Sausage sandwich
- Bacon sandwich
- Bacon, egg and cheese sandwich
- Enormous Omelet Sandwich
- List of sandwiches