Breakfast is more than the sum of its parts. Sure, bacon, egg, cheese, ham, sausage and the like are all delicious enough on their own, but when put together something magical happens. The transformation of breakfast ingredients into a breakfast meal is one that can happen in so many ways. Yet time and time again, people gravitate towards a classic: the breakfast sandwich. Often prepared with an English muffin or a bagel, the mingling of ingredients creates an easy to carry meal that is packed with flavor. And now, one kitchen gadget wants to make it even easier to construct -- by doing it for you.
The Hamilton Beach 25475 Breakfast Sandwich Maker ($29.99; available March 2013) is an all-in-one machine designed to do it all. Upon layering ingredients inside the contraption, the device then cooks them all together, bringing into existence a completed breakfast sandwich. All that is missing is the wrapping paper from a fast-food restaurant and the wait at the drive-through window. But how does it accomplish such a delicious feat?
The kitchen appliance features a special sliding cooking plate that enables the breakfast sandwich to be presented at the end of the cooking process as a completed whole. Egg, cheese, ham, bacon or sausage, and English muffin come together like a magician's trick, just tastier. The trick to the gadget lies in the center cooking plate. After the egg is cooked, the plate slides out and the ingredients fall together, completing the delicious tower of goodness that is portable, presentable and most of all consumable with a minimum of effort. Naturally, after the breakfast sandwich is called into existence, it's not too hard to predict that the next trick to happen will be a disappearing act.