When I lived in Burlington, Vermont there was one place that I inevitably found myself after a night of drinking: Kountry Kart Deli. It’s tiny, it would always be out-the-door crowded, but it was always worth the wait to get what I needed to soak up the alcohol and soothe me to sleep. What might that be, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.
It’s the breakfast sandwich to end all breakfast sandwiches: The Rise & Shiner. Egg, cheese, sausage and hash browns sandwiched between the buns of a poppyseed bulky roll. The hash browns give it the perfect about of crunch. Nothing tastes as good as that does at 3AM. Nothing.
When my boyfriend and I first started dating he brought me one of these to make me feel better when I was particularly down in the dumps. That’s when I knew I should keep him around.
Now that we live in Massachusetts, we can’t get these anymore and the cravings can overtake my brain sometimes. Recently we decided we should try to make them at home and after a couple attempts that were not quite right, we got it right. The only difference is that we didn’t use poppyseed buns – you never know when you’ll be up for random drug testing.
Homemade “Rise & Shiner”
2 bulky rolls
2 eggs, beaten with a little salt and pepper
2 sausage patties
2 frozen hash brown patties (or 4, if you’re like me and like to double it up!)
2 slices of white American cheese
1) Preheat your oven and prepare the hash browns as directed on the package – this will likely be the part that takes the longest to finish.
2) Cook the sausage patties on a skillet on your stovetop (also as directed on the package). We like to hand-form ours from Jimmy Dean premium pork sausage.
3) Once the sausage is done, place it on a paper towel to soak up any extra grease.
4) Now spray the same pan with baking spray to keep the eggs from sticking, and pour them in (cook each one at a time). If you have egg rings, definitely use those. I tend to just pour it in and then fold it over to make it fit on the roll because that’s the way they do it at KKD and it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. This time, I used an egg ring (see below for the fussy looking egg ring I used).
5) Place the ingredients in whatever order you’d like on the buns – I always go in this order (bottom to top): bottom bun, hash brown, sausage, egg, cheese, another hash brown (because I’m ridiculous), and then the top bun. The cheese melts perfectly as long as you stack everything while they’re all still warm.
Now go make one and savor every delicious bite!