Inauguration Day Breakfast

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Inauguration Day is tomorrow, here on the West Coast the ceremony is 9:00 AM. A perfect time for a celebratory Breakfast.

Every region in our 50 United States have their own idea of a traditional Breakfast. We all know the typical breakfasts of the Southwest, breakfast burritos and tacos,  Huevos rancheros and such. I thought we would give an idea of what other regions call a perfect All American Breakfast.

New York Blogger,  Justine Sterling Posted April 14, 2015 in the following:

The bacon, egg and cheese sandwich is sacred, declares Pete Wells of the New York Times. In a recent piece, he waxed poetic on the cheesy, cheap and quick deli-, bodega- or cart-made breakfast sandwich that keeps New York City running. We know Wells (he used to be an F&W editor), and we agree with him: The BEC (as New Yorkers sometimes call it) is an important part of NYC cuisine that needs no tinkering or upgrading. But it’s not the only unfancy breakfast sandwich worth waking up for. Here, five more regional breakfast sandwiches (and wraps) that deserve your love.

Jersey Breakfast
Just a quick hop across the Hudson River from NYC takes you to New Jersey, the land of pork roll. The Jersey Breakfast consists of crispy, griddled slices of that Spam-esque meat (also called Taylor Ham), fried eggs and cheese—typically American.

Goetta Sandwich
Popular in Cincinnati, goetta is a breakfast sausage made with ground meat (usually pork or a mix of pork and beef), oats and spices. Though it’s typically fried and eaten as a side dish, it’s also served as a sandwich on toast with a fried egg and cheese.

Scrapple Sandwich
Scrapple, the Mid-Atlantic’s famed spiced pork mush (also known as pan rabbit), is a breakfast staple. Sliced into squares and pan-fried until crispy with a charred crust, the patty is eaten both as a side dish and in a sandwich on toast with scrambled eggs and cheese.

(I cut it off here, I fuigure we don’t need another Burrito Recipe……)

In the Upper Midwest like Minnesota often the breakfast of choice is Hopple Popple.

Hoppel Poppel (a German name) besides being fun to say, is popular in the Midwest all around the Great Lakes. Basically a “scramble”, it’s a hodge podge of eggs with cheese, Salami (or other meat) and veggies.  My family loves this for breakfast or dinner! Serve with toasted bagels.

From the Collection

Hoppel Poppel

(4 servings)

  • 8 small Yukon Gold or Red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive or canola oil
  • 6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 1 cup diced onion (optional – we use Red Onion)
  • 2/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced green or red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced all-beef salami (I prefer Kosher Wilno)
  • 10 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Boil or microwave potatoes til just barely tender. Cool, then cut them into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the potatoes in the oil, tossing and stirring until they begin to brown. Add the butter to the skillet, then the onion (if using), mushrooms, pepper, and salami. Continue cooking and stirring until the potatoes begin to get crisp, the salami is crusty, and the vegetables are limp.

Lightly beat the eggs with the milk in medium bowl. Pour them into the skillet over all the other ingredients. Stir occasionally. As the eggs begin to set, sprinkle on the cheese. Cover and cook, without stirring, about 6 more minutes, until the eggs are fully set but still moist. Add salt and pepper to taste.

In the Mid-Atlantic States Breakfast can be a “Jersey Breakfast.”

If you’re from New Jersey, pork roll — also known as Taylor ham — has been a breakfast staple since pretty much birth. Love for the sliced meat lasted through adolescence, where it was the ideal hangover cure, and into adulthood, where a fancy brunch is often bypassed for the perfectly-seared, sausage-like meat on a roll. It’s listed on diner menus as a possible meat option, right next to bacon, ham, and breakfast sausage. Pork roll is so popular in New Jersey that a Pork Roll Festival is held in its honor every year; In fact, rival pork roll festivals are held in the state. Here, now, is everything you need to know about pork roll/Taylor ham.

What is pork roll/Taylor ham?

Pork roll/Taylor ham is a processed pork product made with a mix of spices, salt, a sugar cure, and preservatives that is smoked before being packaged. If you ask the manufacturer, Taylor Provisions of Trenton, N.J., they’ll tell you the official name of the product is John Taylor’s “Original Taylor Pork Roll,” due to the fact that it originally only came in a tube-like casing. While other companies also produce it (Case Pork Roll Company, Kohler Provisions), Taylor Provisions is the originator and Jerseyans will tell you all other brands are impostors.


In Ohio a hearty breakfast sandwich is a great way to start the day!  Biscuits are loaded with hash browns, cheese, goetta, and eggs; everything you love in a big breakfast, but in one hand held sandwich!

Wikipedia tells us:

Goetta is a meat-and-grain sausage or mush of German inspiration that is popular in the greater Cincinnati area. It is primarily composed of ground meat (pork, or pork and beef), pin-head oats and spices.[1] Pronounced gétt-aa, ged-da or get-uh in Americanized pronunciation, and gutta in the Low German pronunciation, this dish probably originated with German settlers from the northwestern regions of Oldenburg, Hannover, and Westphalia who emigrated to the Cincinnati and Dayton area in the 19th century. It is very similar to the Scots/Irish ‘White Pudding. The word “Goetta” comes from the Low German word Grötte. North of Cincinnati, specifically in the region surrounding Darke, Mercer, Shelby, and Auglaize counties, goetta is often known by the term “grits”, not to be confused with hominy grits. This usage of the word “grits” stems from the High German word “Grütze,” which is an equivalent of the Low German Grötte.[2][3]

Goetta was originally a peasant dish, meant to stretch out servings of meat over several meals to conserve money.

Glier’s Goetta, the largest commercial producer of goetta, produces more than 1,000,000 lb (450 metric tons) annually, around 99 percent of which is consumed locally in Greater Cincinnati.[3]

Down along to Southern Coast its Shrimp and Grits for a hearty breakfast alternative to my favorite Waffles and Chicken.

Here out West we have Steak and eggs along with a score of Latino inspired breakfast plates.

Tell us what you think is the All American Breakfast….


PS….. Next week we’ll have a rundown on ways to cook Crow for you that never thought this day would come.

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10 Responses to Inauguration Day Breakfast

  1. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter January 19, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Whoopee doo. I hope the incoming, mostly presumptive, neo-fascist-leaning new administration enjoy their breakfast.

    • Dan OBrien January 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      I ask for a couple of regional recipes and you go off on some Left Wing lunatic rant?

      Seriously know what you are talking about before you accuse folks of fascism.

      Definition of fascism

      often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

      : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

      The last eight… no make that 16 years have been over regulated. 8 years of high unemployment, Companies leaving the country, High Taxes. Government by fiat. It would seem these are signs of neo-fascism.

      If Trump can lower taxes, eliminate regulations, repeal thousands of Presidential Executive Orders and bring jobs back to Americans, this would be the antithesis of fascism.

      All this blind hate is a sign. A sign that the left wing ding bats have lost their purpose.

      Seriously call the VA and make an appointment with your therapist.

  2. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter January 19, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Oh, my, kill the messenger. When you get millionaire bankers, predator corporate executives, oil billionaire and unscrupulous wall street investors, a racist, right wing extremists sickos and generals running an Administration, that looks like a circumstantial neo- you know what to me.

    BTW, I’ll pass on that cooky-cutter egg dish with the white bread, lunch meat, frozen bread stick and watered down orange juice. Looks like something out of a Walmart freezer.

    Nothing personal here. Don’t be a hate sack.

    • Dan OBrien January 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      oh my I suppose the next thing we are needing to watch for is you setting yourself on fire at the Post Office in defiance of the new President…..

      Poor old Sod.

    • Papparatzi
      Papparatzi January 20, 2017 at 12:38 am

      Have you been plugging your ears and covering your eyes? Why weren’t you concerned about President Obamas administration that is made up of multi millionaires? Hmm, rose colored glass’s eh.

  3. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter January 19, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I continue to withhold my views of Mr. Trump’s presidency and maintain a wait and see approach. Cease writing misleading rubbish about me and Mr. Trump. Though, yes, his cabinet picks are chilling for millions of Republican, Democrat and Independent American voters.

    I like the fact that TRUMP isn’t pandering to the intelligence community, that he slapped Boeing down for over-costs, ripping of taxpayers on the costs of a new version of Air Force One, and for breaking with protocol.

    What’s with you? Everything becomes a personal attack when others don’t think the way you do. In America we disagree, that is our nature. You can’t have the world your way. Don’t act like a little bully.

    BTW. I’d have to be mighty hungry to eat that breakfast you posted. It looks like something days old that should be sold in a Styrofoam plate, wrapped in Saran Wrap, that sat in a Needles truck stop way past it’s expiration date.

    • Dan OBrien January 20, 2017 at 4:24 am

      “I continue to withhold my views of Mr. Trump’s presidency and maintain a wait and see approach.” Branson stated above.

      Branson, you called the man a Fascist. You pretty much have NOTHING more to withhold.

  4. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter January 20, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Rubbish. This is about cabinet members. Stay focused.

    I haven’t posted anything slighting Mr. Trump. Wait and see.
    Off-Topic baiting noted.

    • Dan OBrien January 21, 2017 at 6:57 am

      No sir, this was an article about Regional Breakfasts that you Hijacked into a hate filled series of political rants.

      How would you like it if I did the same to you?

      “Wait and see,” you quip….. OK, Let’s wait and see.

  5. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter January 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Rubbish noted.


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