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“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

I was once told to “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”  but in this time and age, when we have to wake up even before the rooster blares his morning cock-a-doodle-doo, a proper breakfast meal is often considered one of the lesser morning priorities.

Personally, breakfast isn’t really my thing. Sure, there is the occasional cereal and pancakes, but most of the time, nada; unless, I wake up really early to prepare something. And during these times that I treat myself to some morning grub, it’s usually the staple Filipino kind – longganisa and eggs.

WHAT is a longganisa?

While the Germans have their bratwursts, the Americans their hotdogs, and the Mexicans their chorizos, we Filipinos have the longganisa. And like most sausages all over the world, the longganisa also has its variants: there are garlic-loaded ones, there are jamonados (distinctively sweet) and my favorite, the combination of these two flavors.

When I pamper myself to a morning feast, the sweet, garlicky longganisa is a favorite, paired with eggs over easy, and another definite must-have, sinangag.

But for someone like me who loves to cook, long-si-log (longganisa, sinangag at itlog) can sometimes be boring. So, one fine morning, I decided to turn this favorite Filipino breakfast into a burger.

Imagine a sweet garlicky peppery homemade longganisa patty, topped with cucumber slaw, fresh tomatoes, atchara (pickled green papaya) and fried egg, sandwiched in a toasted sesame bun. That’s MY kind of breakfast – in sandwich form.

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Here’s how I do it:

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I am a believer that life would be more special when everything is served on or in a pie -be it on top of a crispy-chewy dough, or enveloped in a flaky pastry.

This explains why one of my chef-heroes is Andy Bates. He is the Willy Wonka of pies! Check out his pie repertoire -which includes Gumbo Pies and Chocolate Brownie Pies among others- and you’ll drool with his awesomeness.

It is through him where I got the inspiration for this recipe. The original recipe call for puff pastry. I want to make it even more decadent, so I used my all-time favorite pie crust recipe, Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee. You may use your favorite burger patty recipe, too. Although the most common is just a seasoning of salt and pepper, I always add to my ground beef some finely chopped onions and a few teaspoons of worcestershire sauce. You may also choose to add your preferred fixings. It can be as simple as just a plain slice of cheese or you may go crazy with caramelized onions, mushrooms, gourmet cheeses and bacon. Wait… Bacon? Shooot! Why did I forget bacon???

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Moving on… Imagine a juicy patty with all your favorite fixings wrapped in the most perfect, flaky, buttery pastry. I know, you should be making this now.  Here’s the recipe: (more…)

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Burger Pie. I’ve been playing with this concept for many many months already and I finally decided to give it a try. Here’s a sneak peek of my experiment. Will be posting the recipe soon. 🙂

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The Assembly. The pie is filled with an all-beef patty. It is then topped with fresh tomatoes, caramelized onions, grated mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese. It is finally covered with another crust and the edges are crimped with a fork.

THE ASSEMBLY. The pie is filled with an all-beef patty. It is then topped with fresh tomatoes, caramelized onions, grated mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese. It is finally covered with another crust and the edges are crimped with a fork.

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