Big Breakfast

Big breakfast sausageBig breakfast can refer to an item on McDonald’s breakfast menu. It consists of a sausage patty, scrambled eggs, a hash brown patty and a biscuit. Typically, it is served with butter and a couple packets of jelly. Big breakfast with hotcakes is the same as above, but comes with 3 pancakes as well.

If you want pancakes with your big breakfast you need to be specific about this to the cashier. Also, if it’s past 10:30 a.m. on a weekday, or 11:00 a.m. on a weekend, here’s what will most likely happen. When it’s your turn to order, you’ll walk up to the counter and say something like, “Hi…uh, yeah could I get a big breakfast?”

Then you’ll continue looking around the menu for a bit while the people behind you impatiently wait their turn. Finally you remember you have to make it clear that you want the hot cakes as well, so you clarify that by saying, “Oh yeah, make that the one with hot cakes please. And if I could get two syrups instead of just one that would be awesome. Thanks.”

You’ll pay for your order and get your little number thing and step to the side to wait for your food. Inevitably, about a minute later, one of the employees will look up and ask you if you want a round egg (the kind used on their Egg McMuffins) or folded eggs (the kind they use on their breakfast biscuits) because they don’t have regular scrambled eggs during lunch hours. But for some reason, even if you tell the cashier you want folded eggs they don’t relay that information to the next person.

Eventually, you get your food and you’re all excited and happy to start eating your big breakfast with hotcakes. You spread your butter evenly over all three hotcakes, even flipping them over to provide optimal coverage. Then you eagerly crack open your first pack of syrup and drizzle it all over those cakes. You look for your second packet, because after all you did ask for two. But guess what? It’s nowhere to be found.

So you drop your shoulders in defeat with the realization that you have to leave your precious big breakfast to go back to the counter and ask for your other syrup. That’s my experience anyway.

Big breakfast sausageBig breakfast is also something that can be cooked at home. I personally (wait, it might have been Vanessa )invented an acronym for when I’m going to cook big breakfast for dinner – BBFD.

There are various ideas and opinions about what food should be cooked during big breakfast. I’ll give a list of my favorites in a minute. While it’s true that there are no official guidelines governing what times of the day big breakfast can be served, most people serve it during breakfast or brunch hours.

I say pfffftttttt, nuts to that and rubish. You can even quote me on that too.

While nothing has been set in stone, I’m of the view that big breakfast can be served anytime whether it be day or night. I have enjoyed breakfast food since I was just a wee lad growing up in a trailer watching Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.

Some popular big breakfast foods consist of the following, and are all considered appropriate big breakfast food:

  • Omelettes (including Denver, bacon, sausage, veggie, and ham and cheese for instance)
  • Bacon
  • Breakfast sausage (patties or links)
  • Kielbasa sausage
  • Reindeer sausage
  • Ham
  • Biscuits
  • Toast (white or wheat. No rye bread!)
  • Bagel and cream cheese
  • French toast
  • Waffles (especially Belgian and waffle boats)
  • Pancakes
  • Eggs (fried, scrambled, poached) Not hard or soft boiled however. Those are to be used elsewhere.
  • Grits
  • Hash browns (shredded, patties, or country fries)
  • Sausage gravy
  • Fruit (melons, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries)
  • Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce Under no circumstances should seafood be used.
  • Egg sandwiches

Pro tip: Grab a large bowl and fill it with some cooked grits. Next, add a fried egg (don’t overcook the yolk), some crumbled cooked sausage, half a crumbled biscuit, any additional cooked bacon (crumbled of course), and some ketchup. Stir that concoction all around until you end up with a soupy red chaotic mess. Trust me, it was delicious when I was 9 years old, I’m sure it’s still tastes as great as I remember.