Grilled cheese isn’t just for lunch and dinner! These recipes bring eggs (breakfast’s MVP) together with bread, cheese, and a few extra touches to create grilled cheese sammies so delicious you’ll forget all about the snooze button!
Why eat eggs in the morning? Eggcellent question! The protein and fat found in eggs allows your body to sustain its energy levels, keeping you satisfied for longer and reducing the need for a mid-morning snack. Eggs are a complete source of protein (full of essential amino acids!) They’re also full of choline, a nutrient that stimulates brain development and function, which helps improve alertness. Still not convinced? Eggs can help protect eyes from UV damage! So join us in cracking one open to make your breakfast count!
Egg-in-a-hole Grilled Cheese
Let’s do the math. Two pieces of bread + two eggs + two pieces of Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese = six reasons why you this is the best decision you’ll make all morning! First, cook two “egg-in-a-hole” (or bird’s nest). Using a 2 inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, remove the center of each slice of bread, then butter one side of each and place in a frying pan butter side down over medium heat. Crack your egg into the hole in the center of the bread and flip after about 2 minutes to cook both sides. Once your two egg-in-a-holes are cooked place two slices of Tillamook Cheese between them and cover with a pot lid until the cheese slices melt, about 2 minutes. Enjoy immediately.
Fried Egg and Strawberry Jelly Grilled Cheese
If you’re already a loyal fried egg and toast fan, I don’t have to convince you of much! Try placing your fried egg on top of two slice of Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese, between two pieces of bread. Fry an egg as you would normally. Once cooked, place a piece of bread into your frying pan and place two slices of Tillamook Sharp Cheddar on top. Flip your fried egg (still piping hot) on top of the cheese. Spread your favorite jam or jelly on one side of a second piece of bread, then place on top of the egged piece to make a sandwich. Cover with a pot lid to let the cheese melt. Add an extra kick by using a habanero jelly or hot sauce. I can’t get enough of Kelly’s Strawbanero Pepper Jelly (a combination of Oregon Strawberries and habaneros). It makes for a slightly sweet, and spicy breakfast grilled cheese!
Avocado Egg Salad Grilled Cheese
Like eggs, avocados are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re full of healthy fats that make your hair and skin shiny and healthy, as well as protein, potassium, vitamins, and fiber! To make this sandwich, hard-boil an egg and let it cool. Dice your hard-boiled egg and combine with half of an avocado, mushed (a healthy substitute for the traditional mayonnaise ingredient here). Mix in salt and pepper to your liking, or get crazy with a dash of hot sauce! Layer two Tillamook Sharp Cheese Slices and your avocado egg salad between two pieces of buttered bread, and cook in a frying pan (or on a panini press) until your cheese has melted. Enjoy!