7 Creamy Spreads for a Breakfast Sandwich

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If I’ve learned one thing about making breakfast sandwiches over the years, it’s that it’s always necessary to have a creamy element to bring the whole thing together. You can skip the eggs or meat or even the cheese (yes, I do really mean it), but a light spread of something will make that sandwich better. Take your breakfast sandwich game to a whole new level with these ideas for creamy toppings.

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1. Aioli

A basic aioli is essentially mayonnaise with garlic. If you want to give it more flavor, you can add lemon juice or finely chopped herbs. Use it just as you would mayonnaise and you’ll never go back to simply jarred mayonnaise again.

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2. Avocado

With the popularity of avocado toast, this one is probably not a surprise. If you typically sprinkle sea salt and chile flakes on your avocado toast, stir them into the mash for your breakfast sandwich.

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3. Sour Cream

Creamy, tangy, and rich, sour cream can do more than top your baked potatoes. Think of it like mayonnaise and stir in herbs & garlic, citrus zest and juice, hot sauce or Sriracha. No matter which stir-in you pick, it will keep well in the refrigerator for a least a few days, so make a bulk batch to have on hand.

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4. Greek Yogurt

Take all the savory stir-ins from sour cream and apply them here. However, Greek Yogurt is a better suitor than sour cream for sweet. Syrup, jam, jelly, and honey find their home swirled in this breakfast staple.

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5. Compound Butters

Compound butter is fancy way of saying butter with stir-ins. While you might be more familiar with it served with a steak or bread basket at a restaurant, it’s simple to make at home. Place it in a mixing bowl and let it come to room temperature. Stir in ingredients such as herbs, garlic, citrus zest or juice, jam, vanilla, honey, hot sauce, mustard, tomatoes, vinegar, or spices. Press into an airtight container and return it to the refrigerator to harden once again.

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6. Hummus or Baba Ganoush

These dips easily pull double duty as a spread. These days you can find both prepackaged at the store, but if you can’t they’re not tricky to put together at home.

Get a Recipe: Hummus and Baba Ganoush

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7. Nut Butters

There’s no shortage of nut butters at the store. From the days of only creamy or crunchy peanut butter, we’ve moved onto almond, cashew, and hazelnut in most grocery stores. Not to mention cookie butter, which has a similar consistency. You’re probably not adding this to that bacon and egg sandwich, but it’s a key ingredient in Elvis’s favorite sandwich: peanut butter, banana, bacon, and a drizzle of honey.

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