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Egg, Lamb and Cheese with Avocado Breakfast Sandwiches.
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Who says you can’t jazz up your traditional breakfast or brunch sandwich? Lamb raised here in the U.S. freshens up any recipe idea! Top a whole grain English muffin with an herb-infused American lamb patty, melted cheese, an egg and smashed avocado and you have a protein-packed, nutrient-rich, hearty breakfast that will power you through your morning. Simple, clean and real ingredients for a flavorful, feel-good breakfast.
We love breakfast sandwiches in our house because they’re so easy to make and take on the run. And we’ve been doing a lot of running recently. And not running in the literal sense as I used to do. Walks have taken over my normal running routine due to this growing belly. But running from here to there … doing errands, home renovations (Adrian is madly trying to finish our master bathroom and all the little and large home improvement projects), landscaping and organizing the house prior to this little baby’s arrival in early August. So, often, we have breakfast or brunch on the run. And I know we are not alone. Breakfast, and any meal or snack for that matter for many of us, is often portable, handheld and eaten on the go.
Now, I don’t typically think of grilling or cooking up lamb for breakfast. Why? Because I (and many of you) think of lamb as a special occasion protein. Well, it’s time to think again. Lamb is as easy to prepare as any other type of meat and is extremely versatile. Plus, I love lamb’s smooth taste and beneficial nutrition profile. Lamb fits into healthy diets as a meat that is nourishing, nutrient-rich and satiating. On average, a 3 oz serving of lamb provides 175 calories, an excellent source of protein, niacin, zinc and selenium and a good source of iron and riboflavin (learn more about the benefits of these nutrients here). Most cuts of lamb are lean, the leanest cuts being from the leg, loin and shank.
These morning lamb patties are just over 3oz each and are packed with herbs, resulting in a lighter, tender, flavorful and very fresh patty. You can grill or pan-fry these patties the day before, then just warm them up in the frying pan when you fry your eggs for the sandwich. Or cook a batch over the weekend and freeze, so you have the patties ready to grab and go during the week.
In our house, we buy only American Lamb, as I don’t want my lamb traveling 10,000 miles from New Zealand or Australia. Our lamb of choice: Mountain States Rosen (MSR) lamb (under the brands Cedar Springs or Shepherd’s Pride). MSR lamb is raised by multi-generational family rancher-owners who raise their lambs in the American West – from the Rocky Mountains to Texas to Oregon. Their lamb is of the highest quality and they’re the only lamb and veal producer in the US to receive the top rated food safety and quality certification from global, third party auditors. Plus, MSR’s lamb-raising practices preserve green open spaces and promote sustainable agriculture, so I can feel good using my dollar to buy their lamb.
Here’s how to make these extra ordinary on-the-go breakfast sandwiches.
Egg, Lamb and Cheese with Avocado Breakfast Sandwiches
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
1 pound ground Cedar Springs or Shepherd’s Pride lamb
3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
5 slices Cheddar cheese
5 whole grain English muffins
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 avocado, sliced thinly and lightly mashed
salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine lamb, cilantro, parsley, red onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a bowl.
2. Divide mixture equally into five 1-inch thick patties.
3. Fry eggs in 1 teaspoon olive oil to desired doneness, set aside.
4. Brush English muffins with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil.
5. Grill or pan-fry lamb patties over medium heat, flipping once, until they reach desired doneness or an internal temperature of 160 degrees F for medium, depending on thickness.
6. Two minutes prior to removing the patties from the grill or frying pan, place a slice of cheese on each and place English muffins on the grill.
7. Assemble breakfast sandwiches by adding one lamb patty to each muffin, topping each with 1 egg and equal slices of avocado.
8. Salt and pepper to taste.
9. Serve with tomato slices, salsa or sriracha, if desired.
Note: to save time in the morning you can also prepare and cook lamb patties ahead of time and briefly heat through in a sauté pan while you’re frying the eggs.
Find a Cedar Springs or Shepherd’s Pride retailer near you and more flavorful and street-chic Lamb on the Go recipes on the Mountain States Rosen website.
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