Brazilian Breakfast

posted on: Friday, January 14, 2011

at 2:02pm 
on a wet afternoon that made the whole day feel like it was a sin to be out of bed.
The early afternoon was the magical moment where time was still, all was well, and I could finally eat.
Normally, I breeze through breakfast sipping on a cup of herbal tea and taking big bites of toast to get it out of the way. Breakfast is just so that I don't feel like a beast when I'm trying to get the kids ready for school. As soon as the sugar hits my bloodstream I'm golden, and herbal tea and toast nails that perfectly.
But if you haven't eaten anything by 2:02pm you're full on hungry.
Toast and herbal tea will still be consumed but why don't we throw some good ol' sausage and eggs on top of that toast and call it a meal?!

Sausage and eggs together is a breakfast classic. I don't know who came up with it, what culture started it, or if someone even had to come up with it, because it's so obvious how well they compliment each other no one really should take credit for the genius behind a well prepared breakfast with sausage and eggs.

Brazilians, eat sausage and eggs but slightly different than Americans.
For one thing, we're all about the sauce. Food needs to be wet, dripping down your chin.
First you make the sausage, you season it just so. The juices from the sausages, tomatoes, onions, and parsley, mix together into a prime brothy sauce. You separate the sausage mixture from the broth leaving a welcoming pool for your eggs. Then crack -- the eggs are poached in the bubbly broth.
I love watching the eggs cook and inflate with color
at 2:02pm,
when Enzo is fully involved in building a pirate ship and Maria is resting her tired baby body
and I have time to sit and fully enjoy my meal.
Brazilian Breakfast of Sausage and Eggs
360g of fully cooked chicken sausage
1 medium onion
4 eggs
4 Roma tomatoes
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 teaspoons chopped Fresh Italian Parsley
1/3 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Chop the sausage into small pieces. I use my food processor and pulse at 3 second intervals until I reach the consistency that I want.
  2. Using a food processor or a blender puree the onion. A medium onion should yield 1 cup of pureed onion. The texture is just like that of apple sauce.
  3. Peel the tomatoes and chop them into cubes.
  4. For chopping herbs I like to use my kitchen shears. Separate 2 teaspoons of chopped Italian parsley.
  5. Melt the butter over medium-high heat on a frying pan and add the sausage, pureed onions, tomatoes, and Italian parsley. Mix continuously for 3-5 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft.
  6. Add 1/3 cup water and mix for a couple seconds.
  7. With a wooden spoon or a spider skimmer move the sausage mixture to the side of the frying pan. The majority of the broth should be adjacent to the sausage.
  8. Crack the eggs into the broth. Season with salt and papper to taste and poach for 3 minutes putting a lid on top of the frying pan.
  9. Remove from heat and serve warm over toast drizzled with olive oil.
Now, if you're really going for a full on Brazilian breakfast your bread of choice would be the classic pao de queijo, the famous Brazilian cheese bread which is naturally gluten free (high-five). But since I hardly eat breakfast anyway I'm thinking of having my next sausage and egg combination be on top of a pizza. Food Wishes made one fine Sausage and Egg Pizza that I want to try with my variation of Brazilian sausage and eggs. After all, in our home, Friday nights are pizza nights.

Baby Maria is wishing everyone a lovely three day weekend.
Keep warm!
I hear it's quite coldy in some places right now


26 comments:

  1. Oh how I love Brazilian food! I am SO hungry now! SOOOOOO HUNGRY!!!!! I just got pao from the shop, I think it is just part of my destiny to go and make this now.
    Thank you!
    xx

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  2. @Ana Degenaar It's an easy one Ana. East tons of pao de queijo for me.

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  3. In Greece we never have eggs or sausages for breakfast. I don't think I could ever get used to such heavy food early in the morning but it looks so good! Even if it's Brazilian breakfast fare, I can still have it for lunch or dinner, right? :)
    Baby Maria is so cute. And she looks so much like you!
    Magda

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  4. @My Little Expat Kitchen Magda you can have it at any time you wish. That's the joy of food.

    I do love my baby :)

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  5. I know I've shared, but breakfast is one of my favorite meals- so this looks/sounds amazing.

    I'm sorry I didn't reply to your email. Thank you for asking, and my lack of response gives a clue as to how I'm doing... still catching up (trying to) and a bit overwhelmed!! I'm really hoping things come together during the weekend.

    I hope you enjoy your weekend! :)

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  6. I think you need to convince the powers-that-be to make this for an FSH brunch. Sounds yummy!

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  7. This looks incredible! I'd eat this anytime of the day :)

    You kids are just to cute!!!

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  8. I know what you mean! I need to have breakfast otherwise I would devour everything and anything on sight. LOL. I have started something new now that I have been babysitting my sister's boys. first thing I do is prepare an herbal tea and a protein shake with either soy milk or yogurt. that way I have something to sip while I'm busy chasing and playing with my nephews (who are always full of energy! they are 4 and 5 and are so imaginative.

    But nothing beats a big breakfast!
    Cute boots your daughter is wearing. and that photo where she is looking up at her older brother giving her a smooch is adorable!

    have a great weekend!

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  9. Maria Ortiz-CintronJanuary 15, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Wow, this looks amazing, what a great idea to cook the eggs in the broth!! Learned something new!!, I love it when that happens!

    Your kids are ADORABLE!

    I love your blog, thanks for sharing!

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  10. This recipe is so intriguing. I'm a huge fan of a hot breakfast/brunch/2:02 pm meal. I love that you used chicken sausage and poached the eggs in the broth.

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  11. Oi Dah

    Eu até já pensei em fazer massa de pastel, mas quando descobri que tem que colocar pinga, acabei desistindo, e sendo aqui no Brasil tão facil e barato comprar pronta, arquivei a idéia, então não tenho nenhuma receita testada amiga!
    beijinhos!

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  12. This looks delicious! Definitely putting it on the to-make list... xx, steph

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  13. We splurge on eggs and sausage once a month or so but I always make them Spanish style or maybe American. I love this variation! Can't wait to try..... Ooooooo, I have all the ing.! Sunday breakfast it is!

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  14. Right... I like Brazilian cuisine. There are many hot spots here in Japan for Brazilian food, esp the whole roasted chicken... But that looks fabulous.. I'm salivating.

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  15. You should have put a warning...pao de queijo is addictive.

    P.S. Enzo looks adorable in that hat!

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  16. What a feast! Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I can eat a lot!

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  17. Sausage and eggs may be a breakfast classic, but you've taken them to another level with the tomatoes, onions and parsley! This looks fantastic!

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  18. I think a Brazilian breakfast might be in my future, orr at least you've made my mouth water, at 12:23 am. When I shouldn't be hungry -- or awake.

    Hope Maria enjoyed her three day weekend and the non-coldy weather we had (as well as the rest of the fam!)

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  19. Damaris, this breakfast looks like a true treat! I absolutely love how you poached the eggs in the sauce from the sausage and veggies; what a wonderful way to add flavor to the eggs!

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  20. Breakfast is the most important meal for me....it gets me going. But I must admit, I could eat breakfast any time of the day...have often eaten it for dinner.
    This looks fabulous! What a super way to end the day as well as start it!

    Such adorable kids!

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  21. This sounds so good - and your photos are so bright and crisp!

    Thanks so much for the kind tweet!

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  22. Wow, Da! This breakfast looks so delicious. I don't normally make big breakfasts since it's just my husband and me, but if we ever have company I always enjoy making things to feed our guests. This is something I will have to keep in mind!

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  23. I can't live without breakfast in the morning...without it I'm a terror to be around! This sounds wonderful!

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  24. YUM! It is 2:06 right now and all I've consumed is coffee and Airborne. So this looks so delish. Wish I had it to eat right now!

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