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If you’re a fan of brunch, you’re likely also a fan of eggs Benedict. The classic brunch dish combines english muffins, asparagus, ham, runny poached eggs, and rich, creamy hollandaise sauce. It’s truly the perfect recipe for bridging the gap between breakfast and lunch.

While eggs Benedict is undoubtedly delicious, it can be a bit labor-intensive. If your kitchen isn’t equipped with the amazing Hamilton Beach® egg cooker, you might struggle to make the perfectly poached eggs. Hollandaise isn’t the easiest recipe in the book either.

We scaled back eggs Benedict into a breakfast sandwich, making it easier to approach and enjoy any morning of the week – not just for Sunday brunch.

First, preheat your Hamilton Beach® Breakfast Sandwich Maker. It’s claim to fame is putting a hot, homemade breakfast on the table in 5 minutes or less. We’re a little biased, but we have to admit, it’s pretty great. Whether you’re ditching the bread and making a cheesy omelette or pre-making bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches to freeze for the week, there’s no excuse for skipping breakfast when this marvel is in your kitchen.

Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich

Once the Breakfast Sandwich Maker is preheated, lift the cover, top ring, and the heating plate. Place the bottom half of an english muffin (split side up) on the bottom of the Breakfast Sandwich Maker and top it with baby spinach and a slice of Canadian bacon.  Baby spinach cooks a little easier than asparagus would in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker, so we improvised.

Lower the cooking plate and add one egg. Then add the other english muffin half on top and lower the cover. Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich

It’s not eggs Benedict without hollandaise sauce so we whipped up a quick version we adapted for the Hamilton Beach® single serve blender.

Drizzle the hollandaise on top like you would with classic eggs Benedict and grab and fork and a knife. Or serve it on the sandwich (like you would any other condiment) to make it a little easier to eat with your hands. Introduce the kids to eggs Benedict with this simple sandwich version during the week or put them on the Mother’s Day brunch buffet alongside mimosas and coffee cake.

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  1. Preheat Breakfast Sandwich Maker until green ready light comes on. Lift cover, top ring and heating plate.
  2. Place bottom half of 1 English muffin, split-side up in bottom of Breakfast Sandwich Maker. Top with 4 spinach leaves and 1 slice of Canadian bacon.
  3. Lower cooking plate and top ring. Add one egg to cooking plate.
  4. Top with 1 top half of English muffin, split-side down.
  5. Close cover. Cook 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Slide out cooking plate by rotating handle clockwise. Lift cover and rings; carefully remove sandwich with plastic spatula. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  7. Serve with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce
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Shakshuka is a popular dish in the Middle East and North Africa. It consists of poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce usually served with bread for dipping. Overseas it’s enjoyed for breakfast, but it could definitely make for a delicious breakfast-for-dinner option. Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?

Sheet Pan Shakshuka

We cooked this sheet pan shakshuka in the Hamilton Beach Easy Reach Toaster Oven. The toaster oven version makes a lovely breakfast for two, but feel free to make it in the oven on a standard baking sheet if you’re feeding the family.

Sheet Pan Shakshuka

In a large skillet over medium-high, heat oil and add onion and one large Anaheim chile pepper. Cook until tender then stir in garlic, cumin, salt, paprika, and black pepper. Then add tomatoes and Hatch chiles and cook until the mixture reduces and thickens.

Sheet Pan Shakshuka

Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet and make four wells (we used a spoon) for the eggs. Carefully crack the eggs into the wells and bake for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees – until the eggs are just set. You’ll want a runny yolk so it can mix with the spicy tomato sauce.

Sheet Pan Shakshuka

We topped our shakshuka with feta cheese and a sprinkle of parsley. And be sure to serve it with plenty of warm naan for dipping – you won’t want to leave a bit of this dish behind.

Sheet Pan Shakshuka

Sheet Pan Shakshuka for Two
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  1. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat oil. Add onion and Anaheim chili. Cook until tender. Stir in garlic, cumin, salt, paprika and black pepper. Cook until garlic is fragrant. Add tomatoes and Hatch chiles and cook until mixture is reduced and thickened enough to form “wells” for the eggs
  2. Transfer mixture to a baking pan. Make 4 wells in the tomato mixture for the eggs. Carefully crack eggs into wells.
  3. Heat oven to 375°F. Bake until eggs are just set, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with feta and parsley before serving.
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During the week, my go-to breakfast is a classic egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. It’s quick (under 5 minutes), thanks to the Breakfast Sandwich Maker. While the Breakfast Sandwich Maker never disappoints, sometimes I crave a little something sweet in the morning. That’s when the breakfast decisions get really difficult. “Do I want pancakes? What about big Belgian waffles? There’s always fluffy French toast. Hmmmm.”

French Toast Waffles

The Test Kitchen blew my mind when they told me I didn’t necessarily have to choose. I could merge two sweet breakfast sensations into one best-of-both-worlds recipe – French Toast Waffles.

French Toast Waffles

The recipe reads like you’re making classic French Toast but instead of cooking it on the stovetop, break out your waffle maker. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Dip slices of bread into the mixture and coat on both sides. Place the dipped bread on the waffle plate and bake for 6 to 8 minutes – depending upon how crispy you like your waffles.

French Toast Waffles

We topped these French toast waffles with a big pat of butter and a generous drizzle of maple syrup, but you could definitely add fresh berries or whipped cream (or both – yum). Whether you are serving them for a mid-week treat or at Mother’s Day brunch, French toast waffles are a breakfast food merger you’ve been waiting for.

French Toast Waffles

French Toast Waffles

The Best of Both Worlds: French Toast Waffles
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  1. Heat waffle maker.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Dip bread slices into egg mixture, turning to coat on both sides.
  4. Place dipped bread on waffle plate.
  5. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until waffle stops steaming.
  6. Serve with fresh fruit or butter and maple syrup.
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The holiday season is a great time for your Hamilton Beach® roaster oven to reach it’s maximum potential. While the roaster oven cooks a mean Holiday turkey, that’s not all it can do. From baking a cheesecake to making a vat of chili, the roaster oven really can do it all.

Overnight Breakfast Strata

This overnight breakfast strata is the perfect recipe for feeding an army – or in this case the relatives or out-of-town friends who are crashing at your home this holiday season.

You can prep it the night before and have ready to cook in the morning. A little planning goes a long way, especially during the holidays when things are busy, busy, busy.

Overnight Breakfast Strata

The night before, remove the roaster oven baking pan from the base and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Then layer croutons, ham, cheese, spinach, and red peppers in the pan. Feel free to leave the ham out if you prefer a vegetarian strata. You can also substitute cooked bacon or sausage (or both) if your family has a breakfast meat preference.

Overnight Breakfast Strata

In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, half and half, salt and pepper with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes. Then pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the roaster oven pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Overnight Breakfast Strata

When you wake up, heat the roaster oven to 275˚while you brew the first pot of coffee. Then add the baking pan to the roaster oven base, put the lid on, and bake for an hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours until the mixture is almost cooked through.

Remove the lid and bake for an additional 30 minutes until the center of the strata is set.

Overnight Breakfast Strata

This roaster oven strata is a sight to see. It’s light and fluffy, packed with colorful veggies and plenty of protein. If you need a breakfast you can make the night before and won’t have any trouble feeding the entire family, make this roaster oven breakfast strata. You might even have enough to reheat the next few mornings.

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Waffles are one of my favourite breakfast & brunch foods. They are easy to stack, top, and customize.  Introducing the tater tot waffle. That’s right, a waffle completely made of tater tots. Did I just hear your jaw hit the floor?

Tater Tot Waffle

Tater tot waffles are incredibly easy to make and so tasty. All you need is a bag of your favorite frozen tater tots and a waffle maker.

Tater Tot Waffle

Let the tater tots thaw in the fridge or microwave them for a few minutes for a quick fix. We loaded a paper plate with a single layer of tots which was just the right amount to fill the waffle maker. If you don’t want to use a plate for reference, just fill the waffle maker grid with a single layer of tater tots (you can put them all the way to the edge, they won’t overflow like batter would when you close the waffle maker).

Tater Tot Waffle

Lower the top of the waffle maker and cook for 10 minutes until the tot waffle is browned and crispy.

Tater Tot Waffle

The Test Kitchen topped the #totwaffle – yes, it’s a hashtag now – with a fried egg (egg yolk and crispy tater tots are a match made in brunch heaven), but the taste panel decided there’s not much that wouldn’t be delicious atop this waffle. Shredded buffalo chicken? Absolutely. You favourite chili and a heaping helping of cheese? No doubt. Whether you are taking your at-home brunch menu to the next level or incorporating it into your weeknight dinner routine, you’ll find the family and friends requesting it time and time again.

Tater Tot Waffle

 

 

 

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  1. Heat the waffle maker on highest setting.
  2. Arrange tater tots on waffle grid, completely filling grid.
  3. Close waffle maker and cook 10 minutes or until browned and crisp.
  4. Top with favorite toppings.
  5. Note: Tater tots need to be completely thawed in order to press into the waffle grid. They can be defrosted in the microwave oven. For 40 tater tots, arrange in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes.
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