Brad's Cast Iron English Breakfast
My single pan English Breakfast meal was inspired by my new 12" cast iron skillet from Williams Sonoma. What's better than a generous portion of breakfast food with minimal clean up?
2-3 Tablespoons of Butter
Handful of Mushrooms
1 White Onion
2 Sausage Links
2 Slices of Bacon
1 Small Can of Baked Beans
Salt/Pepper to Taste
Hash browns are not only the best savory non-meat breakfast food (Apparently this is a controversial topic that I am unwilling to debate with my wife), but they are easy to find in any frozen food section. Before I begin cooking in my cast iron, I fired up the oven to pop in some premade hash browns so they would be "on time" to be the pièce de résistance of our meal.
I began by halving a handful of mushrooms and tomatoes, and chopped the single onion. After my preparation, I melted two generous spoonfuls of butter into the pan on medium heat. At this point I added the mushrooms and onion and seasoned with salt and pepper. Once they were a golden brown I moved everything to one side.
On the open side of the pan I added my two sausage links and my halved tomatoes, with the tomatoes face down. After the sausage was cooked on one side, I flipped the links and made room for a couple of thick cut slices of bacon. While the bacon was cooking I flipped my tomatoes and opened up a can of baked beans. (Since we live in Texas I decided to use a more of BBQ style baked bean, even though baked beans in tomato sauce is more traditional.) Once the bacon finished cooking I gave it a new home on top of my sauteed vegetables, and used the new vacancy for my BBQ style beans.
It's not breakfast unless you crack a few eggs, right? For the sake of maintaining the integrity of the single pan breakfast, crack two eggs over the baked beans and maintain medium heat until cooked. Finally, take those hash browns out of the oven and toss them onto this masterpiece that would make Ron Swanson proud, if it wasn't so British.