12 Additions That Will Elevate A Classic Bacon, Egg, And Cheese Biscuit
Bacon, eggs, and cheese are like the holy trinity of the breakfast world. Whether they’re stuffed in a warm croissant, mixed into a custardy omelet, or baked in a luscious frittata, you’re buckled up for a tasty ride. But something extra special happens when those three magical ingredients are tucked into a fluffy biscuit.
A buttery biscuit is the perfect home for a scoop of creamy scrambled eggs — and when crispy strips of smoky bacon and a little melted cheese enter the mix, the whole affair becomes downright mouthwatering. But you shouldn’t misconstrue this classic breakfast sandwich’s outrageous deliciousness as a sign to stop experimenting; the truth is that even adding just one extra ingredient can elevate that biscuit from tasty to truly transcendent.
And we have a whole list of cool and approachable ideas for you to try out — most of which can be whipped up with stuff you probably already have in the kitchen. So read on if you’re ready to spruce up that biscuit a bit and level up your breakfast game. Here are 12 additions that are sure to elevate a classic bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit.
1. Candied bacon
Let’s start with the real star of the show here: bacon. Because bacon is so inherently flavorful right out of the package, it’s tempting to just cook it totally undoctored to enjoy its distinctive mix of sweet, salty smokiness. But the reality is there’s a quick, easy way to take your bacon to the next level, and it doesn’t require much extra time or effort. All you have to do is candy your bacon — which sounds kind of fancy but really just means sweetening the bacon up a bit in the oven.
There are a couple of ingredients you can choose from to get the job done. You can use light brown sugar or some maple syrup — or you could even mix both of them up into a caramel-like glaze. Whichever route you choose to go, we’d recommend laying your strips of raw bacon down over a sheet pan on a raised wire rack. Pro tip: Do yourself a favor and lay down some tin foil on the bottom of your sheet pan to simplify the cleanup process.
Once your bacon is laid out on the wire rack, sprinkle on the light brown sugar or brush on some maple syrup. Then bake as you normally would, until it’s nice and crispy — but keep an eye on it, since the added sugar will caramelize and you don’t want it to burn. Also, be sure to let it cool a bit so that you’ll be rewarded with a crispier texture. There’s no doubt that candied bacon will add a new depth of flavor to that breakfast biscuit of yours.
2. Tomato jam
Sure, adding a slice of fresh tomato to your breakfast biscuit would be easier. But a plain slice of tomato just can’t compete with the flavorful complexity of tomato jam. Tomato jam is sticky and slightly sweet, yet it also has a refreshing pop of acidity — which can add a delightful layer of flavor that pairs beautifully with smoky, salty bacon. It’s also easily spreadable, which makes it perfect for a biscuit. Plus, tomato jam is incredibly easy to make, and you only need a few simple ingredients that you already probably have.
All you need to do is combine diced fresh tomatoes, a few pinches of light brown sugar, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and a little salt and cinnamon in a saucepan. If you happen to have some fresh ginger on hand, mince a little bit and add that in, too. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer, stirring along the way until it’s thick and jam-like. Remove from the heat and let the tomato jam cool off.
Congratulations — you’ve made some tasty tomato jam! Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, spread a little tomato jam on that glorious breakfast biscuit, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. What’s cool about tomato jam is that it can be used in a variety of ways. Try adding it to your sandwiches, burgers, or a charcuterie plate with crackers. Tomato jam’s balance of savoriness and sweetness allows it to seamlessly complement a wide variety of dishes.
3. Hash brown patty
Hash browns and breakfast go hand in hand. There’s nothing quite like a crispy cake of shredded potatoes to go along with some bacon, eggs, and cheese. And while the hash brown is often relegated to the side of a dish, the truth is that it can work wonders as a biscuit topping. A hash brown patty can add some tasty textural contrast to the fluffiness of the biscuit and scrambled eggs. It also provides a crunchy yet somewhat absorbent base for your eggs and cheese to deliciously soak into — which will help keep your biscuit intact.
In this case, we’d recommend just picking up a pack of pre-made hash brown patties in the freezer section of your favorite grocery store. Pre-made hash browns are an enormous time-saver — and they’re typically quite dense and well-formed, so you don’t really have to worry much about them breaking apart on you. In most cases, they just need to be baked in the oven for about 25 minutes or so and flipped about halfway through.
Open up your biscuit and place the crispy hash brown patty on the bottom. Then put your eggs, cheese, and bacon on top of the hash brown patty. Once you close the biscuit up and take a bite, you’ll know that your investment in hash brown patties was well worth it.
4. Roasted peppers
Another scrumptious way to beef up that breakfast biscuit is with some roasted peppers. Not only are roasted peppers a healthy topping, but they’re also super simple to prepare. All you really need are some fresh peppers, an oven, and about half an hour.
When it comes to the type of pepper you roast, we have two recommendations to choose from: red bell peppers and poblano peppers. Roasted red bell peppers have a subtle, sweet fruitiness to them that helps balance out the salty richness of the bacon. And roasted poblano peppers bring a touch of smoky heat into the mix that’s bound to light up your taste buds in a lovely way. If you really want to knock it out of the park, try putting both types of roasted peppers on your biscuit for a tasty combo that’ll knock your socks off.
If you’re working with red bell peppers, cut them in half and put them cut side down on a baking sheet that’s lightly oiled. After you bake them, put them in a bowl and lay a piece of paper towel over them to let them steam a bit as they cool off. Once they’re cooled, you should be able to easily peel their waxy skin off to reveal the soft, luscious meat of the pepper. If you’re working with poblano peppers instead, the process is the same, but you can roast the peppers whole.
5. Pesto aioli
Pesto can do so much more than add flavor to your pasta. It also makes an excellent spread for all kinds of sandwiches — including that bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit of yours. As far as the cheese is concerned, in this case, we’d recommend melting some shredded mozzarella or freshly grated parmesan onto your eggs, since those cheeses have a rich flavor that pairs so well with pesto.
To whip up a quick and easy pesto aioli, all you really need is a jar of pre-made pesto, mayo, and fresh lemon juice. Since most pre-made pesto tends to be on the salty side, you shouldn’t need to add any more salt to the aioli. Start by putting a few spoons of mayo into a bowl and then squeeze a thick wedge of fresh lemon over it, stirring to mix. Then add the pesto one small spoonful at a time, stirring to combine. Keep in mind that pesto packs a powerful punch, so be sure to taste as you go. It’s easy to overdo it with pesto, and since there’s some salty bacon in the mix, you probably want to lean toward the lighter side with the pesto so that it’s not overpowering.
Once your pesto aioli is finished, spread it on the top side of your biscuit. That way, the sauce can slowly drizzle downward over the eggs and bacon as you eat it. When the bright taste of basil and lemon from the pesto aioli mix with crispy strips of bacon and cheesy eggs in a fluffy biscuit, you’re sure to be singing its praises.
6. Goat cheese
A classic bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich tends to be made with American cheese. Don’t get us wrong: American cheese has a creaminess that beautifully melts into eggs, and it’s truly delicious. But if you’re looking for a way to change up the cheese, going with goat cheese is a wonderful choice. Goat cheese has a creaminess that pairs well with scrambled eggs and also offers a touch of tasty tanginess.
You have a couple of choices here. You could melt some goat cheese directly onto your biscuit in the oven, or you could simply sprinkle some goat cheese over your scrambled eggs. It’s really just a matter of preference. Just ask yourself these questions: Do you want the flavor of goat cheese to fully fuse with your scrambled eggs? Or would you rather enjoy goat cheese’s distinctive flavor on its own, melted into the biscuit itself? The good news is that no matter which path you take here, it’s bound to be delicious.
7. Chipotle mayo
If you want to add some spicy, luscious smokiness to your breakfast biscuit, it’s hard to beat a smear of fresh chipotle mayo. This creamy spread has a complex flavor that’s a beguiling mix of smoky and sweet with a pleasant haze of heat. While it’s true that you can always just buy a bottle of premade chipotle mayo at the grocery store, the reality is that making some at home couldn’t be easier. And all it really requires is three simple ingredients.
Gather up some mayo, a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and a fresh lime. Put a couple spoonfuls of mayo into a small mixing bowl, then squeeze a fresh lime wedge over it. When it comes to the chipotle peppers, be mindful of your heat tolerance. If you enjoy a steady burn of spice, then dice up a good amount of chipotle peppers. But if you want a milder tingle of heat, then mince up just a little bit and add it slowly, tasting along the way. You can even get away with just adding some of the sauce inside the can, since the sauce tends to be infused with the flavor of the chipotle peppers.
If you want more tang, add more lime juice. If you want it creamier, add more mayo. You get the picture: Take the time to slowly adjust the intensity of these three ingredients to suit your personal preferences. When it’s all done, smear it on your bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit and dig in. Pro tip: Add a little drizzle of honey for a touch of sticky sweetness.
8. Caramelized onions
Caramelized onions have a rich, sweet taste that can seriously boost your breakfast biscuit. Although caramelizing onions takes a little time, the payoff is totally worth it. Plus, the process is practically effortless, since all you really have to do is dice up an onion and then sauté it.
Once your onion is diced, add it to a sauté pan with a little knob of butter and a splash of olive oil. Turn the heat of your burner up to about medium-high until the onions start to sizzle. Add a touch of salt and stir. When the onions start to soften, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer. You want to keep cooking the onions over low heat until they are browned and almost jammy in consistency. You will probably need to deglaze the pan to keep the onions from burning, so if you notice that your onions are starting to stick to the pan, just add a small splash of water and give everything a gentle stir.
By the end of this process, the onions will have significantly reduced in size and have a golden brown color that’s similar to caramel. Now all you have to do is put a few spoonfuls on your breakfast biscuit and enjoy as the mixture of caramelized onions, eggs, cheese, and bacon work together in delicious harmony.
9. Fresh herbs
If your breakfast biscuit is begging for an invigorating pop, then fresh herbs are just what the doctor ordered. Chopping them up is about as easy as it gets, so it’s just a matter of making sure that you have some on hand. Because herbs are so versatile, we’d recommend getting in the habit of picking some up at the grocery store on a regular basis.
The good news is that plenty of different fresh herbs will work on a breakfast biscuit. Dill, cilantro, chives, tarragon — all of these greens provide a distinctive punch of herbaceous flavor. Just be sure to give them a thorough chop so that the taste is evenly distributed throughout the biscuit. Of course, if you want to make them more spreadable, you can always make an aioli. Just mix up some herbs, mayo, garlic, salt, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Fresh herbs elevate your breakfast biscuit by cutting through the richness of the bacon, eggs, and cheese. Once you give them a try, they’re bound to become a regular topping to your breakfast sandwiches.
Another wonderful way to easily get some greens in is by adding some spinach to your breakfast sandwich. We’d recommend getting some baby spinach, since the leaves tend to be smaller and more delicate, which makes them easier to chew and a better topping for sandwiches.
You could just add a few fresh spinach leaves raw and call it day, or you could lightly wilt them a bit to soften them up. If you want to cook them, it shouldn’t take much time — just a couple minutes in a pan with a little spot of butter should do the trick. But if you really want to go the extra mile while you have the spinach in the pan, you can turn that fresh spinach into a cheesy spread.
Once the spinach is slightly wilted, add a few pinches of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then add a spoonful of cream cheese and stir until the spinach and cream cheese are thoroughly combined. Let it cool off a bit so it can solidify, and what you’ll be left with is basically a simple spinach dip, but in a spreadable form that you can use on sandwiches. The flavor combo of cheesy spinach, eggs, and bacon on a biscuit is amazingly tasty — and just about the most delicious way possible to get your greens in.
11. Hot sauce
Breakfast is always a great time to bust out your favorite hot sauce. Whether you’re chowing down on a breakfast burrito, an omelet, or a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit, a little splash of hot sauce can add a big punch of flavor. The real question is: What kind of hot sauce should you add?
Adding a splash of hot sauce that’s more vinegar-based will infuse an electrifying, briny pop that’s sure to please your taste buds. A couple of common examples of hot sauces with a flavor profile like this are Tabasco and Crystal hot sauce. Of course, there are plenty of gourmet, small-batch hot sauce companies on the market to pick from as well. We’d recommend going this route, since the flavor combinations of smaller-batch hot sauce companies tend to be more complex and inventive. Try scoring a bottle of mango habanero hot sauce and put a few drops of that on your breakfast biscuit. The sauce’s fruity heat tastes truly amazing when it’s paired with eggs, cheese, and bacon.
There’s no doubt that avocado toast is delicious, but have you ever tried putting it on a breakfast biscuit with some eggs, bacon, and cheese? Avocado has a buttery grassiness that adds some lovely creaminess to everything it touches. The beauty of the fruit is how easy it is to prepare: Just slice it open, carefully remove the pit, and scoop it out.
Of course, once you have some fresh avocado on hand, you’re only a few steps away from guacamole. If you want to add some zestier flavor to your breakfast biscuit, you can easily whip some up by mixing fresh avocado with lime juice, salt, garlic, onions, diced tomatoes, and fresh cilantro. For a spicier kick, try adding some pickled jalapeños into the mix.
Another option would be making avocado crema. Try blending some fresh avocado, lime juice, salt, garlic, and sour cream together until you get a flavorful, thickened sauce. Spread a generous spoonful on your breakfast biscuit and then kick back and revel in delicious bliss.