Red Lobster can …. well, they can keep their delicious biscuits and I’ll leave them alone. BUT, I made a breakfast sandwich on a homemade biscuit with all the flavors of a cheddar bay biscuit plus some seafood plus some bacon plus and egg and HOLY SHIT YES WE WIN EVERYTHING.
It was Jay’s idea, as all the good ideas are. He loves eggs and loves shrimp and those biscuits were just screaming for both. We originally had thought about flavoring the biscuits themselves, but I really wanted a plain biscuit recipe to have for various applications and then a separate sandwich that was delicious and tasted like those chemical-laden Red Lobster beauties we all know and love.
When’s the last time you were in a Red Lobster? I can honestly not tell you when I was, but I’m pretty sure it was before I met Jay, and I feel almost as confident that he hasn’t been to one the whole time we’ve been together.
Still, though, everyone knows about the biscuits, amirite?
For these you’ll need biscuits, obviously. Now, you can make your own using the recipe from Monday, or you can buy some frozen or in a can or already baked and go to town. Zero judgement from me, friends. You’ll also need eggs, cheddar, bacon, shrimp, butter, parsley, garlic, cayenne pepper, and Old Bay or some other kind of seafood seasoning. Interestingly, there is NO seafood seasoning in the restaurant biscuits – just parsley and garlic and onion powders and cayenne in most recipes I found. But, since we’re using actual shrimp in this I decided to totes go for it.
There’s kind of a lot going on here, but it’s all super simple. We have to make the bacon, make the shrimp, make the egg, and melt the cheese on the biscuits. So, it’s probably helpful to at the very least have the biscuits made before you start all of these. For prep, we’ll slice the cheese, mince the garlic, and chop the parsley.
Now, I like to start the bacon first, then deal with everything while that’s happening. So, cut your bacon in half and place it in a skillet over medium-high heat. Flip it after about 4 minutes when it starts to crisp on the first side.
While the bacon is working, preheat the broiler to high and halve and toast the biscuits. Then, turn OFF the oven, layer one half of each biscuit with cheese (the bottom half), and place the pan back in the oven.
When the bacon is crisp, remove it to paper towels to drain. At this point, go ahead and start cooking your eggs however you’d like – I did mine in a teeny skillet sunny side up for Jay – crispy on the bottom, runny yolk.
Now, we assemble! On the cheesy half of the biscuit, pile up some bacon. Put some shrimp on the top half.
This kind of requires mimosas, so you might want to add that to the ingredient list below. The flavors here are really a lot like Cheddar Bay biscuits, with the bonus of being made at home and BROWN BUTTER SHRIMP, people. These should be on your list for what to make this weekend. Or maybe in a few weeks for Father’s Day! This kind of feels manly, right?
- 2 large biscuits, split and lightly toasted
- 2 ounces sliced sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 slices bacon, cut in half to make 8 short pieces
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 8 large shrimp
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay or other seafood seasoning
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 eggs, cooked sunny side up or any way you like
- fresh fruit, optional, for serving
- Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high, turning as needed, until crispy. Drain on paper towels and pour off most of the bacon grease.
- In the same skillet, add the butter. When the butter foams, add the shrimp, cayenne pepper, and Old Bay. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip the shrimp. Add the garlic and parsley and stir for 1 minute, then turn the heat off.
- Preheat the broiler to high and arrange the biscuit halves cut side up in a pan. Spread the bottom halves with sliced cheese and broil or toast until the cheese is melted.
- To build the sandwiches, arrange some bacon on the bottom of the sandwich over the melted cheese. Top with the egg and then the shrimp. Close the sandwich with the top half of the biscuit.
- Serve with fruit and eat while hot. Enjoy!