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Author Notes: Everybody brings ideas to Ginger's Kitchen, and from that wonderful things are born. In this case we decided to combine a home made (McDonald's!) McGriddle with the idea of johnny cakes. We had maple sugar on hand but you can also use brown sugar. We tried it with both jack and cheddar cheese and liked both - so that decision is up to you. Much fun was had by all in the creative process - this kitchen included DrBabs, nannydeb, arielleclementine, aargersi, eateronly, MrL, Henry, Andy, George, Tim, and of course GINGER! —Ginger's Kitchen
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons maple sugar (or sub brown sugar)
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 5 eggs
- 1 pound spicy chorizo (the Mexican kind not the cured Spanish kind) or other spicy sausage
- 4 slices of sharp cheddar or monterrey jack cheese
- salted butter as needed for the pan
- Place a baking sheet in the oven and heat to the very lowest - 180 or 200. Heat a large nonstick skillet to medium. Form the sausage into 4 patties (1/4 lb seems like a lot but chorizo releases a LOT of fat) and cook them until they are nice and brown on both sides - 4-5 minutes per side.
- While the sausage cooks, whisk together the cornmeal, baking powder, and maple sugar. Pour the boiling water into the bowl and mix, then whisk in the buttermilk and 1 egg until it's all just uniformly mixed.
- When the sausage patties are cooked put them on a paper towel to drain and onto the sheet in the oven. Drain off most of the fat and add a pat of butter to the pan.
- Cook the johnny cakes - scoop 1/4 cup batter into the pan for each one and cook until golden on each side - 3-4 minutes per side. As they finish cooking, move the to the oven. Ypu need 8 johnny cakes, and you may have a bit of batter left over.
- Add a bit more butter to the pan. Fry the remaining eggs - we cooked them over medium because much as we love a runny yolk, that's not the best thing for on-the-go possibly eating and driving and doing several other things at the same time. Pepper the eggs to suit your taste. When you flip the eggs, lay a slice of cheese on top of each one.
- Assembly - lay a sausage patty on top of each of 4 johnny cakes. Top each of those with an egg, then another cake. Wrap in parchment or foil to-go, and dash out the door to your busy day!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Weekday Breakfast Recipe
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