Freezable, microwavable, food you can eat with your hands – These Spicy Italian Breakfast Roll Ups are useful for people like myself who regularly eat breakfast while driving!
The inspiration to make these came after a particularly embarrassing incident. I hate traffic and Sydney traffic is notoriously bad, especially when you live in an area where it’s one lane roads in and out. I live quite far from the city so when I have morning meetings, I like to make them early so I can beat the traffic.
They are usually meetings over breakfast but I am one of those people that need to eat asap upon waking, otherwise I feel ill. So I was up before 5am, took my dog out for a quick run then in the car with a thermos of coffee and toast to munch while driving by 6am.
In the city before 7, I hopped out of my car and strode towards the cafe I was meeting my friend at.
As I approached, he started sniggering and said “I thought we were meeting over breakfast?”
“Well yes….aren’t we at a cafe?”, I quipped in response.
“So you’re having a second breakfast?” he asked, still grinning.
I like to think I’m pretty good at smart ass responses, but at this, I fumbled, not wanting to admit I’d already had breakfast.
Then he pointed at my shirt.
I looked down, and saw my BLACK top was covered in toast crumbs. I mean COVERED. Women will understand when I say there are certain fabrics that crumbs CLING to, and I was wearing one of THOSE tops…..
I still regularly eat breakfast in the car. But I created this crumb free breakfast so I’ll look presentable when I arrive at my destination. 🙂
These are a great breakfast on the run. The filling holds together well so you won’t get bits falling out as you eat it. And they are made with soft taco shells (mini tortillas), so they don’t crumble when you bite into them. I also prefer making these with small tortillas rather than full size ones because they are “hand held” size. But of course, you can make them with regular tortillas too. 🙂
They are freezable and can be reheated in the microwave, though the oven is better because then the tortilla crisps up (but still does not crumble much). And you can change up the filling to your taste. Bacon is great, as is chorizo (cook them the same way as per the recipe), salmon (smoked or canned), corn, beans or any other diced vegetables (as long as they are sautéed so they aren’t watery).
The scrambled eggs in this are not a pure yellow colour of standard scrambled eggs because I like to use the flavour of the sausages (or bacon!) to fry the eggs. Flavour over appearance!
So this is one for all those who eat breakfast on the run like I do. Food you can eat without ending up with crumbs all over you!
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 10 oz / 300g spicy Italian Sausages (Note 1)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 small onion , diced (brown, yellow, white, spanish)
- 3 birds eye chillis , sliced (adjust amount to taste - Note 2)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 6 eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- 3/4 cup grated cheese (I used cheddar, any other flavoured cheese that melts works fine)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves , thinly sliced (or sub with 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs - basil, parsley, oregano)
- 8 small tortillas , corn or flour (around 6" / 12 cm rounds)
- Olive oil , for brushing
Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Spray a baking tray with oil, or line with parchment/baking paper.
Remove sausages from casings.
Heat oil in a large fry pan over high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up into chunky pieces, until nicely browned. Remove from pan.
Turn stove down to medium high and melt butter in the same pan (don't clean the pan). Add the onion, chills and garlic and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until the onion is translucent and a light golden brown.
Add the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Stir slowly, not vigorously, using a wooden spoon until the eggs are "holding together" but are still wet - about 5 minutes.
Remove pan from the stove, stir through the sausage, cheese and basil leaves.
Divide filling between the tortillas.
Roll up the tortillas and place on the baking tray, seam side down. Brush with olive oil (optional), then bake for 15 to 20 minutes until light golden and slightly crisp.
Serve while warm.
To freeze, allow to cool then place in the freezer. To reheat, defrost then reheat in the oven (to make it crisp again) or in the microwave (the tortilla will reheat soft so it will be more like a burrito).
1. The tastiness of this depends on the sausages you get. Real Italian sausages are "chunky" in texture, you can see white bits of fat and they have great flavour which is used as the "seasoning" in this. Better value sausages have fillings to bulk it out so you won't get the same result. If you use the cheaper sausages, I suggest upping the flavours by adding some extra flavours like chilli, paprika and Italian seasoning.
2. The spiciness of the chilli reduces if you freeze it so if you like spicy, add more chillies.
3. Nutrition per roll up. You can reduce the calories by using lean Italian Sausages - see below.
Nutrition per roll up assuming you make this using Lean Turkey Italian Sausages.