The Breakfast Club

Considered one of the greatest high school films of all time, this Brat Pack flick is a classic John Hughes production. The brilliance of any John Hughes film is the honest writing–the fact that any teen in any generation can laugh at the bad hair or the puffy sleeves, but still feel understood. Hughes’ sharp wit and sensitivity took a blunt but hopeful look at adolescence, at our fears and insecurities, and made even the greatest of movie stars look like ordinary people with ordinary problems.

So whether, in the most convenient definitions, you’re a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a criminal, hopefully you’ll get together your breakfast club and make something that looks more or less like this:



Basket Case Spread

Maybe your lunchbox isn’t as fancy as Molly Ringwald’s, but a few sandwiches should fill you up. And feel free to sprinkle some of Allison Sheely’s “dandruff” on top of your masterpiece just like she did. Of course, her’s was actually just parmesan.

  1. French Bread 
    1. 1 loaf, or get another type of bread if you like
    2. cut in half, lengthwise
    3. place cut side facing up, put on baking tray
  2. Mix:
    1. Butter (4tbs) or Olive Oil (2 tbs)
    2. Spices
      1. Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
      2. dashes of basil (fresh, finely minced), oregano, salt
  3. Put remaining ingredients on bread (the side facing up). Oil mixture first, then toppings:
    1. Bacon: 4-5 slices, cooked, crumbled
    2. Green onions: 1/4c sliced 
    3. Cheese: sprinkle on last
      1. 1/2 c shredded Parmesan
      2. 1/2 c shredded Mozzarella 
  4. Place in oven and bake at 400˚F for 10 min or until edges of bread are a toasty brown


Fun fact: The marijuana the kids smoke in the film was actually oregano.



Two words: Breakfast Sushi

It’s the delicious combo and comfort of breakfast food with the quirky sophistication of Molly Ringwald’s sushi. Pretentious lunch/brunch entrees never looked so good.

You’ll need:

10 strips of bacon

2 cups tater tots

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese

1 jalapeno pepper

2 eggs

3 tooth picks

3 BBQ sticks

  1. MIX in a bowl
    1. 2 eggs 
    2. 2c tater tots
    3. 1  cut up jalepeño 
  2. 10 strips of Bacon: Weave a Bacon layer. Yes, a bacon layer. Lay a large layer of tin foil on the counter and make a bacon weave on top of the tin foil, placing BBQ sticks (3) at the end to hold the bacon in place.
  3. Spread the tater tot mixture (from step 1) over the bacon evenly, leaving about 2 inches on one end of the bacon weave untouched. Then spread 1 1/2c cheddar cheese evenly on top of that.
  4. With the help of the tin foil, wrap the bacon weave into a roll. Use the tooth picks to make sure the bacon wrap is secure. Put on a cookie sheet, removing the tin foil before baking. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked. Once it is done cooking, take out and slice into sushi rolls. Enjoy!
  5. Original recipe here.


But if you’re more for a less greasy breakfast roll, try these:


Waffle Breakfast Sushi Rolls

(Original Recipe here)


1 cup Bisquick™ Original baking/pancake mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
8  ounces whipped cream cheese
Strawberries, banana, pineapple (and/or any other fruit of your choice)
Maple syrup


  • Slice your fruit into long, thin matchstick shapes so they fit well in the roll.
  • Preheat your pizzelle maker.
  • Mix the sugar, egg, and Bisquick™.
  • Put heaping tablespoons of dough onto the pizzelle maker for each pizelle. My pizzelle maker forms one large rectangle pizzelle when you put too much filling in, and this is actually what we want to happen here.
  • Cook only about 30 seconds. If you cook it too long, it will firm up before you have a chance to roll it.
  • Lay the pizzelle on to your cutting board. Spread cream cheese over it. Top with whichever fruit you want. Be careful not to overfill!
  • Carefully wrap the pizzelle into a tube shape with the fillings in the center. Make sure the seam is sealed with a little of the cream cheese.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the tube into smaller rounds. Line the rounds up on a plate like sushi, and serve it with some syrup instead of soy sauce.

One thought on “The Breakfast Club

  1. It was great fun watching this one with my teenage step-daughters.

    Doesn’t one of them have some tic tacs or something in their bag?

    Cupcakes with tic tac sprinkles?

    And, don’t forget some gum to smack & stick on a desk 🙂

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