I should have known that I already had the key to a great breakfast sandwich.
A few weeks ago, I asked for suggestions after trying the egg-cheddar-and-sausage croissant from Touche Touchet. Folks recommended their favorites in the comments, but the '34 Act Gourmet came to my house with the answer.
Breakfast sausage from Laurel Meat Market.
I have extolled sausage as the gateway drug to try your local ethnic butchers. Laurel Meat Market's loose breakfast sausage -- like the similar sausage that people love from Boarman's in Highland -- is the easiest gateway around. Basic pork sausage flavored with sage and other spices.
We pressed out two patties. I cooked them in a cast iron pan while two eggs fried in a skillet and some Wegmans bread toasted nearby. Wegmans' bakery will slice any loaf, and the thin, even slices have made this a staple that I keep in the freezer for sandwiches or toast.
Simple and superb. I try to find delicious meat because I'd rather eat a small amount of the great stuff than a daily ration of the mediocre. Laurel Meat and Boarman's grind their own sausages, and they give a full-flavored mix that just tastes fresher and better every time.
We had superb breakfast sandwiches in minutes, then went on about our day.