I Am Potty - The Breakfast Pot

Potty = The English word for crazy/silly.

When it comes to eating food, I usually have a method. I'm a one-flavor-at-a-time kinda girl. I look at the food on my plate and rank them in order of "most delicious" and "least delicious" and I eat each side dish in order of how much I like it, generally always saving the best till last.  Sometimes, this requires a taste test - a small spoonful of each food item to determine the yummiest and least yummiest. On some occasions, I may be even more methodical and pragmatic in my approach and eat each food item in order of how quickly it takes to digest them. It's called sequential eating. Watery foods first, meaty foods last.  And I hear it is actually a method that can improve overall health and your body's ability to properly digest food. Yay for weird eating habits?

Sometimes however, eating food flavors separately is impossible or just not practical. Sometimes (or maybe always), you want to mix everything up into a big taste explosion and revel in the joys of the ultimate taste bud party. This is one of those times. 

It was only about 2 months ago when I first discovered the concept of the breakfast pot. I was in Heathrow airport waiting for my flight back to Los Angeles. I stopped at Leon's Restaurant to grab a bite to eat and had almost jumped up and down in excitement when I discovered they sold eggy breakfasts in little to-go paper cups! A portable party pot of breakfast flavors. I don’t know what it was that went off in my head, but I really couldn’t contain myself. I think it’s because the idea of breakfast in a pot is so darn CUTE.

Yes, I am weird. No, I don’t care.

Anyway, from that moment on though, I knew I wanted breakfast in a pot every day of the week!

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I have also cooked this breakfast in several different ways; in a ramekin for a small-sized portion and in large microwave safe/heat proof coffee mugs when I am feeling particularly hungry (I then put in two eggs instead of one and extra sausage). The mugs are probably my favorite method because then you have handles to hold onto and can eat your breakfast in the same way you would traditionally enjoy your coffee! With the addition of a spoon, of course. Unless you spoon out your coffee, which is weird, but who am I to judge?

Also, the addition of the avocado really complements the sausage and eggs, so unless you are allergic to avocados, Do. Not. Exclude. Them.

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Breakfast Pot (2 servings)

  • 2 ramekins or 2 heatproof sturdy mugs
  • 1 sausage (I like to use Italian chicken apple sausages from Trader Joe's) 
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-6 heaped tablespoons of baked beans (If you can’t get Heinz baked beans, Trader Joe's sells some pretty good baked beans)
  • Half an avocado 
  1. Start off by putting around 2-3 tablespoons of baked beans into your ramekins. Make a little dip with a spoon in the middle for where the egg yolk should sit and then crack an egg on top of the beans. Lazy optional step: If you want, you can at this point add in half of the pre-cooked sausages to each of the ramekins. This will reduce the number of dishes you have to wash, but I personally find that cooking the sausages in a frying pan and adding them after makes for better texture and flavor in the sausages, so I always cook these separately. 
  2. Place your pots in a saucepan of boiled water that is about halfway up the ramekin/mug. Put the lid on the saucepan and simmer on low-medium heat for about 12 minutes.*
  3. In the meantime cut the sausage into little chunks and fry it up! Once done, let it sit aside to cool. Also use this time to cut up half an avocado into chunks too!
  4. Keep an eye on your eggs, I find they take a while to get started but once the whites get started they go from raw to overcooked really fast. Once the egg looks like it is on the ‘brink of being cooked’, remove them from your saucepan. They will continue cooking for a few minutes even after you remove them from the heat. Be careful, those pots are hot! Hot pots. Don’t drop the hot pots. Stop before you drop the hot pots. Okay I’ll stop.
  5. In order to serve your breakfast there are two methods. You can wait for the pot to cool down naturally and have a secondary serving plate. Or you can do what I do and that is to slowly and gradually reduce the temperature of the ramekin or mug by placing it in warm and then cold water. That way you can reduce the thermal downshock and your pot shouldn't break. Be careful though, as this really does depend on the material of your pot.  Ramekins generally cool down quicker and are a lot safer because they are made to be oven proof and withstand much hotter temperatures. When I use mugs for my breakfast pot, I make sure they are pretty sturdy and both microwave safe/dishwasher proof.
  6. Place the sausages and avocado on top of the egg and serve!

*The amount of time will differ depending on the pot. If using a ramekin similar to the picture, the egg will be just cooked at around the 10-minute mark. Remember you want the yolk to still be soft and gooey. If using a mug, the egg generally takes longer to cook – around 15-20 minutes. A good test is to stab the white near the yolk to see if it is cooked under the surface.