Inside Chrissy Teigen's 'Cravings' cookbook plus husband John Legend's perfect breakfast recipe

Chrissy Teigen has described the recipes featured in her first cookbook Cravings as “food you want to eat,” and the model-turned-foodie doesn’t disappoint. From cheesy and delectable all-day breakfast dishes to “vegetable things” and perfect party snacks, the 30-year-old lets her love for all things delicious shine. The stunning Sports Illustrated model, who is expecting her first child, has also injected her 100 recipe-strong food anthology with her down-to-earth wit and personal stories from her childhood and life with husband John Legend.

!!!!! I am finally holding this thing in my hands and I can't believe it is officially real! I actually feel like it's a movie prop or something. I'm so excited for you guys to see - I really really hope you love everything in it and find recipes to make for those you love for years to come...pot pie soup with crust crackers, Italian sausage meatloaf, cholula honey butter fried chicken, buttery scallops with the perfect sear, spicy black bean veggie chili, my herb and garlic goat cheese stuffed chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ohhhhhhh there is so much I am excited about, this baby has so much love in it! I am so used to the Twitter and Instagram world that I can't even comprehend people actually coming out to my signings or events and seeing your actual human bodies and faces in person but know I will have so many around the release in many different cities and I will be so sick wondering if anyone will show up ahhhhhhh but I can't wait to see you all!! You can pre-order now but #CravingsCookbook is officially out February 23rd! Sorry so long, I have the energy of 1 3/4 people! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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She doesn’t hold back when it comes to describing her emotional connection to some recipes and never apologizes for indulging in flavourful-yet-sometimes-unhealthy creations. “I wanted to be honest in this book about the kinds of foods I love, the kind of food I crave,” she writes in the foreword. Since food and family go hand in hand for the Utah native, she didn’t shy away from including some “go-to-sleep grinning” recipes from her parents and kitchen-wizard husband. Here, we give you a taste of what you can expect from Cravings by presenting John’s Breakfast Sandwiches (one of four recipes we're featuring in issue 491!).

John Legend's Breakfast Sandwiches. Photo: © Aubrie Pick/Penguin Random House

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the sausage patties
• ½ lb ground pork
• ¼ cup finely minced onion
• 1 tbsp light brown sugar
• 1 tbsp minced garlic (2 cloves)
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus more for frying
• 1½ tsp ground sage
• 1½ tsp red pepper flakes
• 1½ tsp kosher salt
• ½ tsp black pepper

For the sandwiches
• 4 English muffins
• 2 tbsp butter
• kosher salt and black pepper (optional)
• 8 regular or 4 thick slices American cheese
• 4 eggs, cooked sunny side up
• Sriracha

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, mix the pork, onion, brown sugar, garlic, vegetable oil, sage, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper with your hands until uniform (don’t mash it or overmix it – just until it’s all nicely mixed together). Form into four 4-inch round patties.
2. Coat a cast-iron skillet with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the sausage patties and fry until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side (8 minutes total). Transfer to a platter and cover to keep warm.
3. To assemble the sandwiches, split and toast the English muffins, then butter them. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange 1 thick or 2 regular slices of cheese on 4 of the muffin halves. Top each with a sausage patty and an egg. Squirt some Sriracha on top of the eggs and top with the remaining muffin halves.

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