03 October 2011

Restaurant-Inspired Hash Brown Breakfast Sandwiches w/ Jalapeno Ranch

When I was in college [Go Noles!], the place to be for Sunday brunch was a little breakfast shop called Bagel Bagel.  So delish they named it twice?  Yeah right!  So delicious they opened up a second location in town... and then another on the other side of the state!  Hellooo success story!  Hopefully they expand to a town near you so you can experience the awesomeness for yourself =)

Since they didn't follow me to NC, it was only a matter of time before I recreated my go-to Bagel Bagel breakfast: a yummy wrap with fluffy egg, melted cheese, a crispy hash brown, and a side of zesty jalapeno ranch for dipping. I wanted to make sure it tasted just like the original, so I flew out to Tallahassee to eat there.  Kidding!  I flew out for friends and football, the food was just a bonus!  But I can tell you with 100% certainty that I have this restaurant recreation down pact! Yay!

Hash Brown Breakfast Muffins w/ Jalapeno Ranch
Bagel Bagel's Breakfast Wrap
Mine wins. Trust me =)

What's in it?
1-2 eggs
1 english muffin, toasted
1 frozen hash brown
1 slice of provolone cheese

Jalapeno Ranch [zesty and flavorful; not spicy!]
2 Tablespoons of your favorite homemade or store bought ranch dressing 
[Naturally Fresh is my favorite store bought brand... zero sketch in the bottle + all natural!]
1/2 teaspoon of diced pickled jalapenos
1/2 teaspoon of the juice from the jalapeno jar
a light sprinkle of each: red pepper flakes, paprika, minced dried onion, and garlic powder

If you don't do eggs - don't worry! 
This sauce is amazing on everything from sweet potato fries to zucchini sticks.

this. stuff. rocks!

Get Cooking!
First, preheat toaster oven or conventional oven to 450F to cook your hash brown.  Place hash brown directly on the rack for maximum crispiness.  While the hash brown is baking, prep jalapeno ranch by mixing all of the above ingredients.  Next, cook eggs [see below for my favorite technique] and toast your english muffin.  Add cheese and assemble sandwich.  Cut in half and dunk away!

My Eggcellent Technique: I always make a faux-omelette for breakfast sandwiches.  It has the fluffiness of scrambled eggs but, like an omelette, it stays together instead of crumbling all over your plate.  Crack your egg(s) in a mug, whisk with a fork and, after whisking, add a teeny tiny splash of milk to the cup.  I typically use coconut milk creamer and it works just as well as dairy!  Next, prep a frying pan with a little oil and turn heat on to medium.  Once the pan is hot, add you whisked egg and once the egg starts to thicken, fold it once or twice and flip.  Allow the other side to cook and flip again.  I keep scraping and folding until the eggs start to get super fluffy and tall, then switch it to low heat so they don't brown [I'm not a fan of browned eggs! Not evah!]  You cant mess this up!   Even if the eggs start to separate or some breaks off, you can just fold it into a little tower of fluffy eggs and pile it on your sandwich.  This technique gives the egg the same fluffy height of restaurant egg sandwiches without microwaving [which, most places simply nuke the eggs]  So yeah, super lengthy explanation for super easy eggs. Haha.  

That being said you can basically cook the eggs any which way you'd like [even with the microwave!] and pop em on this sandwich =)  Ooh! and adding veggies to the eggs is brilliantly delicious too! The photo below has spinach and peppers folded into the eggs.  Cooking for two? Just double the ingredients!  Here is a quick snapshot of the brunch I made Paul and I this weekend.  Its not a light breakfast but not super heavy either.  Plus, it keeps me full forever.  Love that!


So... How was it?
Better than the original!  I must have made about 8 versions of the jalapeno ranch before finding the perfect combination.  I tried fresh jalapenos, jarred jalapenos, fresh onion, dried onion, and every spice I could get my hands on.  The recipe you see above is absolute perfection and tastes identical to Bagel Bagel's jal-ranch.  I'm proud of myself... and also still full from breakfast =)

Break out of your breakfast routine one weekend and give this a try! <3

Speaking of breakfast routines, what did you have for breakfast this morning?

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35 comments:

  1. ohhh, yummy! Does the jalapeno ranch taste anything like the creamy jalapeno sauce at Chuys? :)

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  2. Hey Suzanna!!

    I hear SO MUCH about Chuy's but where I live they don't exist! Eek! Def whip up this sauce and try it out! It makes the best dip for sandwiches, french fries, and appetizers... plus i'm totally putting it on a baked potato next time I pick some up... I have a feeling I'll love it too!

    xoXOxo
    jenn

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  3. oh, that looks good!! must try that ranch sauce too!

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  4. Looks great, I've been really into jalapeno cheese lately.

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  5. Omg... I love making different kinds of ranch dressing flavors! How have I not thought to do this?!?!?! Sounds amazing.

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  6. I seriously LOVE anything breakfast related!  It all looks so delish!  Love your restaurant recreations! ;)

    XOXO

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  7. Maryea @ Happy Healthy MamaMonday, October 03, 2011

    I love egg sandwiches of all kinds. I'll bet this is perfect with the jalepeno ranch. Yum!

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  8. If I likes jalepenos or ranch, I might try that sauce! Haha. Since I don't, I think I'll just re-create it for Shane, since he loves both. <3

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  9. Whoa girl, this post just blew my tastebuds away! I love recreating restaurant dishes, it can be oober fun :)
    My breakfast was a BEAST of a sweet potato protein smoothie. 'twas indescribably delicious :D

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  10. I can't even remember the last time I had one of those kind of hash browns but now I'm craving one in a bad way! I add milk to my eggs too, it makes them much fluffier :)
    Bfast was oatmeal. Standard but so good on a cold morning!

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  11. i love hash browns!

    i had pumpkin swirl bread with pumpkin cream cheese :)

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  12. You should be proud! That looks like one hell of a good breakfast!

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  13. Lindsay @ The Lean Green BeanMonday, October 03, 2011

    i'm thinking my hubby would love the jalapeno ranch!

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  14. I LOVE your new profile pic. Why have I not seen that before!? And your food looks so amazing!

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  15. MyInner CheerleaderMonday, October 03, 2011

    Mouth is watering! Looks delicious!

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  16. This all sounds Wonderful, especially the jalepeno ranch!

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  17. YUM!!! You're so awesome! Reverse-engineering the jalapeno ranch is muy impressive!

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  18. oh my gosh. I can so see myself shouting things about "bagel bagel in the morning" during a college night out on the town.

    I'm making that jalapeno ranch. not kidding.

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  19. God how I love bagels.  When I was in HS I went to this local bagel shop on the daily and got a "plain on plain toasted."  Cue the "are you kidding me?" face if a new employee had to ask what "plain on plain toasted" meant. That ranch sounds delicious, especially with some sweet potato fries!

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  20. Hash browns are glorious, glorious inventions!!! Those look incredible. You are always so creative with your meals. I think that's why you're such a popular lady. :)
    xoxo
    Cat

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  21. Yum! What a scrumptious breakfast. And that jalapeño ranch sounds incredible!

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  22. This looks amazing...adding it to our meals for this month!
    Thanks!

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  23. This looks so good! I LOVE a breakfast sandwich, and mine get awfully boring. My hubby would love the jalapeno addition! Visiting from Serenity Now.
    Amanda

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  24. I Love your recipe! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and share your tasty recipe with us?
    Thanks
    I hope to see you there!
    http://ladybehindthecurtain.com

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  25. Ooooh, going to try these with egg whites! I always see the hash browns at Trader Joe's and want to buy them and now I have an excuse. The jalapeño ranch is right up this girl's alley! Yum!

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  26. WOW! I missed this one some how. What a fantastic breakfast sandwich! Actually, I'd eat this anytime. :)

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  27. Sounds yumo, can't wait to make some.

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  28. Jalepeno Ranch??  YUM!  Love spicy things!

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