Open Faced Breakfast Sandwich with Cheddar Hot Sausage Gravy

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An Open Faced Breakfast Sandwich with Cheddar Hot Sausage Gravy is a meal designed for any occasion where you are looking for a satisfying meal that will leave you full until dinner. My favorite time to eat one is when adult beverages are involved. Planning on a long day of tailgating? This sandwich is perfect for a noon kickoff where you only have time for one meal, or an early morning reward for those who were there to set up the tents and claim your game day parking spot. Taking a weekend trip to the beach, mountains, or lake? This sandwich is the perfect Sunday brunch item to wipe away any hangovers before loading up the car and heading home. So if you find yourself feeling rough after a weekend of too much green beer or Midori Sangria this weekend, give the Open Faced Breakfast Sandwich with Cheddar Hot Sausage Gravy a try.

Here is the recipe Sally created.

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Open Face Breakfast Sandwich with Cheddar Hot Sausage Gravy.
Makes 6 Sandwiches

1 pound loaf Ciabatta bread

4  Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for eggs

1 pound bulk Hot breakfast sausage
3/4 cup finely chopped red bell peppers
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 tablespoon Chipotle Tabasco
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
3 Tablespoon all purpose flour.
2 cups half and half
1/2 cup whole milk
8 ounces grated Hoop cheddar cheese
6 large eggs
Maldon flaked sea salt for garnish
Chopped scallions for garnish
1.  Preheat the broiler of your oven. Cut the ciabatta bread into thirds. Cut each third in half and place the slices on a baking sheet, cut side up.  Melt the 4 tablespoons of butter. With a pastry brush, spread butter equally over the cut side of each piece of ciabatta. Broil the bread slices until the butter bubbles and the slices are brown around the edges. Remove the toasts from the oven and reserve,
2.To make the cheddar sausage gravy, put a large heavy bottomed pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Break the bulk sausage into bite sized pieces and place in the pan. Cook the sausage, stirring occasionally. Add the red pepper and the onion. Raise the heat to medium high and cook the mixture, stirring frequently, until the sausage is cooked and crispy around the edges  Add the chipotle tabasco, salt,pepper and dry mustard. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the flour and cook the mixture, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes. Add the half and half and stir until well blended with the sausage.  Add the milk. Stir and cook the gravy for about 10 minutes until thickened. Add the hoop cheese. Stir to blend. Remove the gravy from the heat.
3. Fry the eggs in butter until cooked as you desire. Season with salt and pepper.
4. To assemble the sandwiches, put a ciabatta toast on a serving plate. Ladle each toast with a generous amount of the cheddar sausage gravy. Top each sandwich with a fried egg. Garnish the dish with scallions and flaked sea salt.


Here is more on the photos Taylor Took.

For this recipe, I decided to take a close up shot, as well as a wider overhead shot. I couldn’t decide which I liked better, so I put both in the post. If you are interested in seeing a lighting diagram and learning more about how I took the image, check out my article at

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    • says

      Hey Carol Ann,
      Sally got her ciabatta at the Fresh Market in Charlotte, but is working on a recipe of her own. Would you like to see how to make ciabatta? Thanks for comment.
      - Taylor

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