My husband and I initially bonded over our love of lazy Sundays spent watching NFL football and… breakfast sammies. Two completely separate loves, which we eventually combined into a little tradition of rolling out of bed at 11:45 am with just enough time to get a pot of coffee rolling and some delicious egg, ham, and English muffin sammies in the pan before the noon game started. It was a tough life.
Now that we have a toddler and preschooler who don’t understand the concept of sleeping in, we’ve got breakfast, swim class, snack, a Costco run, and lunch done and we’re ready for naps by noon. Oh how life changes once you have kids!
When we ask for breakfast requests from the kids, the answer is always “pancakes and egg-ies” with some ham, cheese slices, and fruit on the side. Every. Single. Weekend. While the kids eat everything separately, you can bet my husband and I, being the sweet and savory food lovers that we are, make some mean breakfast sammies.
You’re looking at them right now in slider form. Because mini sandwiches are so much more fun to eat and they’re just cute 🙂
The name of the game for these Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Pancake Sliders is to customize to your heart’s content. I whipped up a quick batch of homemade pancakes because I was on a roll in the kitchen the other day, but feel free to use a box mix. For the egg component, I used egg whites because we buy them in bulk from Costco (remember we eat egg white omelets for dinner a LOT), but you could use regular eggs too. For the meat, I used Morningstar farms veggie sausage patties because they taste like the real deal, and I’m all for ways to sneak in more veggies. But ham, bacon, turkey, chicken…whatever you like, go for it! For the cheese, I used this authentic and amazingly sharp gouda cheese that my husband brought back from a trip to The Netherlands. But again, feel free to use whatever you have on hand. And lastly, pour some maple syrup on that ‘wich. It just needs to happen if you want that sweet-savory flava.
If you’re able to enjoy these little sammies on a weekend after sleeping in from a stellar and uninterrupted 9 hours of sleep, I’m completely jealous. But, speaking from experience here, they will taste just as awesome if you’re running on 3 hours of sleep because your 2 year old has started to jump out of her crib multiple times throughout the night. **yawnnnnnn**
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbs honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk (I used Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze)
- 1 ½ cup egg whites, divided
- ¼ tsp salt
- sprinkle of pepper
- 8 sausage patties (I used Morninstar Farms patties and sliced them in half), heated according to package directions
- 16 small, thin slices of your favorite cheese, about 7 oz total (I used gouda)
- Pure maple syrup (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until combined. In a small bowl, whisk the vanilla extract, honey, eggs, and milk until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until the batter comes together. Add a tablespoon or two of milk if you like thinner pancakes.
- Spray a large sauté pan or griddle with cooking spray and bring to medium heat. Drop about 1 tbs portions of batter onto the pan or griddle. Cook the pancakes for about 1 minute on each side or until cooked to your liking. Place pancakes on a plate and set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk the egg whites with the salt and pepper. Pour half of the mixture into a large sauté pan (feel free to use the same one) over medium heat. Cook the egg whites for 2-3 minutes on 1 side. Then, flip the egg whites using a large spatula and cook for a minute on the other side. You should have one large egg white patty. Set aside. Pour the other half of the mixture in the pan and cook the same way. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut each patty into about 8 small pieces.
- To assemble the sliders, top 16 pancakes each with an egg white piece, ½ sausage patty, and cheese slice. Top each slider off with another pancake. Drizzle with maple syrup and/or dip the slider into a small side portion of syrup.
Nutrition Information (per serving) from Caloriecount.about.com
Calories: 164 Fat: 6.5g Carb: 12.4g Fiber: .9g Protein: 13.3g Sugar 1.7g Sodium: 327mg
Weight Watchers Points (calculated on member website)
WW: 4 Points Plus