Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cajun Breakfast Panini + $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

“How about Andouille and eggs?” my mother-in-law Susan suggested, without a moment’s hesitation.
After several days of mulling over Mardi Gras-themed panini ideas – and multiple trips to the grocery store for all kinds of ingredients – I struggled to come up with a concept that really spoke to me. I hadn’t considered going the breakfast route but it turned out to be just the right spin I was looking for. Thanks to Susan, we’ve got the Cajun Breakfast Panini – with Johnsonville Andouille Sausage, eggs, green bell peppers and cheddar on ciabatta – to enjoy for Mardi Gras or any morning that deserves a spicy start.

Breakfast sandwiches tend to have just a few ingredients, so you want them to be good ones. For my Cajun Breakfast Panini, it’s the spicy Andouille Sausage that really brings the flavor. Andouille, a New Orleans classic, may not be your typical “breakfast sausage” but perhaps it should be. Its smoky, spicy kick is a perfect match for eggs, potatoes and other breakfast-y type foods.
If you prefer less heat, you can always use another variety of the Johnsonville Split Rope Sausage. Johnsonville, whose Andouille Sausage I used for these panini, makes several other flavors, including Polish Kielbasa Sausage, Three-Cheese Italian Style Sausage, Smoked Sausage, Andouille Sausage and Chicken Sausage Italian Style with Cheese. I appreciate that the Johnsonville Sausages are made using only premium cuts of pork to pack in the real flavor and without any fillers – that’s not always the case with other fully cooked sausages – which makes for a juicy and firm texture and bite.

These Andouille Sausage links came fully cooked, so it took just a few minutes to heat them up on the panini press. I let the remaining oils from the sausage stay on the grates after I was done grilling so they could flavor the bread when it came time to grill my panini.
I love a good breakfast sandwich and these definitely hit the spot. They’re full of flavor, and despite the fact that you’re grilling sausages and cooking omelets, they actually don’t take all that long to prepare… which is a good thing, because you’re going to want to dig right in as soon as possible. :-)
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