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The #1 Secret Ingredient Your Breakfast Sandwich Is Missing

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Michael La Corte of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 6: Whether you're enjoying a relaxed weekend morning or you're in a frenzied weekday rush, you'll still want to eat a good breakfast. And breakfast sandwiches make eating—and enjoying— breakfast incredibly convenient. From bagels to brioche, bacon to sausage, the breakfast sandwich truly has an incredible amount of variations. For many, a classic BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese) is a super simple go-to, but breakfast sandwiches needn't be limited to that standby.But if you're tired of the standard bacon, egg, and cheese, there are plenty of ways to spice things up, both at a bodega and when you're cooking at home.The secret to a great breakfast sandwich is all in the sauce.Chef Joseph Cuccia former chef and owner at 17 Summer Restaurant in Lodi, New Jersey, suggests adding hollandaise sauce to the classic sausage and egg sandwich. Sure, the sauce is typically used on Eggs Benedict, but that's why it makes such a delicious breakfast sauce, too.And if you don't like hollandaise, adding any dressing or sauce will really take your breakfast sandwich to the next level. It's a step you might skip when building a breakfast sandwich, but you shouldn't overlook it."I think a great breakfast sandwich is basically a portable Eggs Benedict," Cuccia says. "Poached egg, English muffin, maybe turkey sausage, some hollandaise… it looks better than a deli sandwich, is somewhat lighter, and is delicious."Here's how to construct a perfect breakfast sandwich, complete with all the ingredients you need. And if you happen to end up dining out for your first meal of the day, check out The Best Breakfast in Every State to know exactly where to go.

The #1 Secret Ingredient Your Breakfast Sandwich Is Missing

Whether you're enjoying a relaxed weekend morning or you're in a frenzied weekday rush, you'll still want to eat a good breakfast. And breakfast sandwiches make eating—and enjoying— breakfast incredibly convenient. From bagels to brioche, bacon to sausage, the breakfast sandwich truly has an incredible amount of variations. For many, a classic BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese) is a super simple go-to, but breakfast sandwiches needn't be limited to that standby.

But if you're tired of the standard bacon, egg, and cheese, there are plenty of ways to spice things up, both at a bodega and when you're cooking at home.

The secret to a great breakfast sandwich is all in the sauce.

Chef Joseph Cuccia former chef and owner at 17 Summer Restaurant in Lodi, New Jersey, suggests adding hollandaise sauce to the classic sausage and egg sandwich. Sure, the sauce is typically used on Eggs Benedict, but that's why it makes such a delicious breakfast sauce, too.

And if you don't like hollandaise, adding any dressing or sauce will really take your breakfast sandwich to the next level. It's a step you might skip when building a breakfast sandwich, but you shouldn't overlook it.

"I think a great breakfast sandwich is basically a portable Eggs Benedict," Cuccia says. "Poached egg, English muffin, maybe turkey sausage, some hollandaise… it looks better than a deli sandwich, is somewhat lighter, and is delicious."

Here's how to construct a perfect breakfast sandwich, complete with all the ingredients you need. And if you happen to end up dining out for your first meal of the day, check out The Best Breakfast in Every State to know exactly where to go.

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