February 18, 2010

a shmiscuit, a shmasket

Are there Sheetz stations where you live? If so, count your blessings.

Shmish-kit! If not, I feel your pain.

Sheetz truly is a one-stop shop (and no, they aren't giving me any swag to say these things)--you can fill up on gas, coffee, typical convenience store conveniences, and food. Not just any food, mind you, but tasty, hot, reasonably-priced, made-to-order food.

Sad news, folks--I've been Sheetz-less for the last two years. The stores just don't have a presence in NY--apparently they're limited to Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina. That said, I had forgotten how magnificent the big red shops could be. On a recent road trip, I found myself without many food options. I was filled with glee and anticipation upon seeing the Sheetz logo on an exit sign and promptly pulled in. I was not disappointed.

I ordered a shmiscuit. Come on. How can you not love a place that has shmiscuits. And shmagels. And shmuffins. That's just fun stuff. Anyway, my shmiscuit met all of my specifications and I was completely sated.

Since eating that shmiscuit, I've felt the need to recreate it at home many times. The method is simple: Bake and split biscuit. Apply cheese (pepper jack, of course), cilantro, salt, pepper, and meat (I chose turkey) as needed. Return to oven until cheese melts and meat is heated through. Consume.

Di. Vine. Bring on the day!

Satisfy my curiosity (and give me some new ideas)--what do you like on your breakfast shandwiches?

77 comments:

Ed Schenk said...

THey had these when I was in P.A. but i never had the sandwich.

kat said...

I've never heard of Sheetz since we don't have them in the Midwest & didn't on the West Coast either but I do love a good breakfast sandwich with egg, bacon & american cheese

Kate said...

How fun and exciting to find a "one stop" on your trip! I have never been to Sheetz but I know what I travel I will look for one. This looks quite tasty!

Jessica Lee Binder said...

"return to oven until cheese melts" is the key to winning me over. I don't think I've ever seen a Sheetz and I'm not sure that's the best name to give a food place. =/

Cate O'Malley said...

Never heard of Sheetz before, but close enough to PA, I will now be on the lookout for them. The sandwich looks like a delicious way to start any morning - yum!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That looks so good!

Cheers,

Rosa

Josie said...

Hah... I've never actually gone inside a Sheetz. I may have to now that I've read this post. See- they should send you some Sheetz-Shwag :)

Lucie said...

I've never heard of Sheetz but I wish I had! Although I live in what most people consider to be the country of delicious cheese, the only one I really love is pepperjack. Melted pepperjack on a biscuit couldn't make my day anything less than amazing, I bet.

Hungry Dog said...

Wow--never heard of Sheetz. But, I like the idea of a breakfast sandwich. Being married to a southerner, I'm partial to biscuits and ham.

Lynda said...

Well, I've never heard of Sheetz, but I love breakfast sandwiches. My favorite would include bacon, or sausage, with an egg and some pepperjack, please! Oh yes, on a nice flaky biscuit. Divine!

Pam said...

I want a shmiscuit right now. I don't do breakfast sandwiches much but when I do I make an open faced over easy egg on top of toast with bacon or sausage under the egg. Excellent!

The Teacher Cooks said...

I have never heard of Sheetz, but your sandwiches look great!

dawn said...

nope, me either. but glad you told me about them!

Julie said...

Mmm...I'd love a schmiscuit! I'm addicted to sausage Mcgriddles. Sad but true.

Kleoette said...

I am near Sheetz but I worship the great and mighty Wawa which my closest is 45 minutes away! They beat Sheetz hands down...

Albany Jane said...

Schmiscuit? I love it!

I usually like schmeese, shegg, & schmacon on my breakfast schandwiches.

Sandie {Inn Cuisine} said...

How can something as simple as turkey and cheese look so wonderful? Now I'm craving lunch!

lisa said...

I'm jealous! Love the name, and it sounds like a great place or like great places. Gorgeous biscuit too! I like an egg and cheese breakfast sandwich with a little smoked salmon sometimes.

Laura said...

Despite being fro Ohio, it was Virginia where I really got to know Sheetz. I was always amazed at how much stuff they had. :)

Hey wanted to tell you that there are more eps on the dvd of Kitchen Confidential, I think 5 or so. And I think maybe that is where that quote is from, sadly. Because I saw the broadcast eps twice, and I don't think I saw the brunch ep twice, so I think it was one of those. You should rent it or watch on Hulu or whatever. :) Of course it will also make you bitter.

unMuse said...

My favorite way to use left over asparagus is to make breakfast biscuits with it: aparagus, pan-fried ham, and a mild and soft white cheese or hollandiase (usually I will only it if I have company over. Even a 1 egg sauce is too much for 2 people). It's the same bake, split, lightly butter the biscuit, add insides and bake method, but they are sooo yummy!

unMuse said...

OOps! Forgot the egg! Poach an egg and add it when you remove it from the oven.

5 Star Foodie said...

I've never heard of Sheetz! I'm in Virginia so I will look to see if there's one around me!

The Blonde Duck said...

I must make a smiscuit right away!

Barbara said...

No Sheetz around here I regret to say. However, anything on a biscuit is right up my alley. When I'm on the road I love stopping at Cracker Barrel and having their biscuits-which I invariably top with bacon and an egg!

Melanie said...

Are you sure that restaurant wasn't invented by Rachael Ray - I swear she's the inventor of all food names like that. I definitely need to recreate the almighty shmiscuit at home. I'm a sucker for ham, egg and swiss on my breakfast sammies.

Antonietta said...

Never heard of Sheetz but you made me long for Wawa- another PA based one stop market that cooks hot food to order and has the BEST fresh brewed coffee around. Oh how I miss the east coast!

Mary said...

I'm actually a fiend for an egg mcmuffin. It's the only breakfast sandwich I'll eat. :)

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

I have never heard of a Sheetz, but i'm gonna look out for one if I ever head that direction.

Melleah said...

Oh my, that looks so so good! I've never eaten at a Sheetz, but I may have to now when hubby and I visit family in Virginia.

And now I'm hungry again :-).

Lindsey@pickyeatings said...

I have never even seen one, never mind eaten food from one. But I did have a whole conversation with someone about them recently. Maybe I need to go on a road trip...

Sook said...

Too bad we don't have it around here... or maybe they do and I've never heard of it. Sounds wonderful! I'm jealous. :)

Half Baked said...

No Sheetz here...too bad..guess I'll have to make my own schmiscuits!
I go classic with my breakfast sandwiches; fried eggs, ham or bacon,and cheese:)

Mimi said...

Sheetz isn't on the west coast. Here you get a breakfast burrito...eggs, bacon, cheese, salsa or anything you want, wrapped up in a flour tortilla and toasted on the grill.
Mimi

Lisa said...

No Sheetz where I live but I could probably scare up a biscuit, if I had to, to make the at-home version. I could use one right now. It looks wonderful.

George Gaston said...

I am not familiar with Sheetz, but this incredible looking biscuit sandwich is awesome. I could definitely eat a few of these.

Thanks to you, Grace, I can try and duplicate them. Many thanks...

♥peachkins♥ said...

No Sheetz here... the biscuit looks fab!

Pam said...

Can I tell you how badly I wish I lived near one of these? Really, I long to ask for a shmiscuit.

LilSis said...

I guess I've never lived in a State that had Sheetz. They certainly don't exist out here in California, nor did they in NY or Texas.

I LOVE the shmiscuit! My mouth is so watering right now. Breakfast is my favorite meal and I can eat breakfast food ANY time of the day or night.

If I made a shmiscuit to my liking without worrying about calorie intake, it would probably be full of crispy bacon, a fried egg, or two, cheddar cheese and maybe even some avocado or tomato!

I'm wishing I wasn't late starting dinner. Now I feel like bacon and eggs! :-)

Carolyn Jung said...

Nothing worse than to be Sheetz-less! LOL
Does this count as a breakfast sammie? One of my fave things is a crepe stuffed with ham, melted cheese and scrambled eggs. Watching the Olympics makes me think of that because there's a place on Robson Street in Vancouver, where I used to so indulge.

Anonymous said...

Too funny for a gal in central PA, home of Sheetz (Altoona). We've had many a meal there this basketball season. Now that it's over, I'll have to cook again...

Amy I. said...

I have definitely never heard of Sheetz, but I can relate to that longing of missing random foodstuffs that you can't get anywhere near where you live now. Yeah, hope that makes sense.

One of my favorite ridiculous pasttimes is to start words with schm-. Schmobviously is my favorite. I would very much like to try a schmiscuit one day. Schmobviously.

Jacque said...

Well, darn, I live on the wrong corner of Ohio. Your schmiscuit looks DI Vine. Now all you have to do is teach me/us how to make a biscuit, LOL.

red ticking said...

oh goodness... i must try to create this at home... and someday i will await the real deal... amazing... have a great weekend...

Anonymous said...

Aren't they in the middle of the toll road- interstates? A long time since I've been on the roads in PA. With a name like that--how could I forget? Usually fly and have been to Wawa for some good food in PHL. Did stop at one in MD 3 years ago on my way to DC in a carpool and she stopped. We ate--also had UTZ potato chips.

Here in ATL, it is Chick fil A --three meals a day. I like mine with mayonnaise for breakfast or lunch. Or, McD Egg McMuffin--home made.

pigpigscorner said...

lol what funny names!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Aww no we definitely don't have that chain! What a shame, I love ordering things that have funny names :P

shaz said...

I do love the name schmiscuit! That does look divine.

Kate at Serendipity said...

Heck, I wouldn't know Sheetz from Shinola. (sorry). Seriously, I've never heard of them, and I used to be all over that area. Maybe they're new since I left? In any case, that looks like an awesome biscuit!

Jennifer said...

That's a ridiculously cute and silly name for a breakfast sandwich!

You know, I don't really eat breakfast sandwiches. Just not something that occurs to me to do. Eggs over easy on toast is about as close to a breakfast sandwich as I get. Yours looks delish though.

Pam said...

I've never heard of this but, it looks delicious!

www.dhaleb.com said...

Holy Sheetz this place sounds yummy!

Thanks for the crack up and loving all the play on words. This post is hilarious! Now you make me want to go a take a Sheetz...

Marjie said...

My kids are Sheetz addicts. When my sons bring sandwiches home to reheat, my hubby delights in sneaking over to the microwave and taking a giant bite out of the sandwich, leaving the purchaser unsure whether to laugh at Dad or sputter in fury.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I feel your pain about Sheetz. My best friend lives in Virginia and she always talks about Sheetz and their amazing garlic fries. On my latest drive home to Ohio I decided to stop at a Sheetz and try these fries. Awesome awesome awesome. If only Sheetz would get their butts in gear and move to NY :)

Anonymous said...

UTZ POTATO CHIPS ARE THE BEST!!!

Erica said...

I like ham, egg and swiss cheese in my breakfast sandwich.

Bridgett said...

I need to make these for my hubby as he loves all sorts of breakfast sammies. I just can't seem to swallow this stuff early in the morning, but then I am not a breakfast fan to begin with. I should make them for dinner instead.

Ingrid said...

I'm an oddball and don't order biscuits. LOL, generally I don't like my food to touch.
~ingrid

Chef Fresco said...

Haha we have Sheetz in NC but you know, I don't think I've ever eaten there. I sure need to give it a try though!

Trissa said...

No sheetz in Sydney, nor Manila... for me breakfast sandwich is usually a ham and sheese - oops I mean cheese!

Anonymous said...

here's to sheetz! why aren't they in california? that is some of the tastiest sounding road food I've seen in a long time....

The Dutch Baker's Daughter said...

Holy Sheetz! HaHa...being from the great white North, I've never heard of them either. Gotta love the name, though! Pepper Jack cheese is my all time favorite. I even top my pizza with it. Do they have Shmeetza? Your biscuits look fabulous.

Faith said...

I'm missing out...I've never even heard of Sheetz! Your shmiscuit looks incredible, I'll definitely be re-creating it! ;)

laura said...

I live in Virginia and have never heard of Sheetz! What a shame - this looks and sounds completely satisfying. As for a favorite breakfast sandwich, my husband ordered a blueberry bagel at a local shop topped with the perennial bacon, egg and cheese, and we've found it to be a keeper - something about the sweet salty combination. I am enjoying your blog!

Hornsfan said...

Yummy, wish I could get a shmiscuit!!

Amy from She Wears Many Hats said...

Sheez Louise that looks good.

We don't have them here in SC but I certainly keep a watchful eye when traveling from now on.

Leslie said...

I am sad to say I do not have any Sheetz within a Half of a country near me! :(

jillian said...

I am NY too so no Sheetz... I love the sound of a schmagel!

Maris said...

OH memory lane. I went to college in central PA and Sheetz was our late-night eats go-to destination. My one friend and I would go and pick random sandwiches from the self-order screen - I forgot about schmuffins and schmagels until I read this post :)

culinography said...

Ahhhh.... Sheetz.... how I miss thee. If only Arkansas could pick up on the art of a good gas station....

Danielle said...

LMAO!! Shmiscuit, shmasket, shmuffins!! They're just fun to say. And no....there aren't any sheetz in SoCal :(

Jennifer said...

never heard of it but I sure would love a bite!! yum!

Melody_NC said...

Well the name is not as cute but every time I go to Sheetz I get the Pretzel Melt. Sometimes I get the breakfast version and sometimes the lunch version but either way, I could eat my weight in their pretzel rolls. Their onion rings are yummy too. For a breakfast sandwich there must be cheese and I usually go with bacon and eggs with a touch of mayo.

Robin Sue said...

While Sheetz is great you should have Wawa where you live right? They make the best Italian Hoagies at least they do in NJ. Best midnight run around. I like sausage and grape jelly biscuit from McD's- totally gross I know but they seemed to hit many spots back in my night-shift nursing days!

Deborah said...

I've never heard of Sheetz, but now I feel like I'm missing out!

Jessica said...

There was an article/discussion of Sheetz in the Washington Post, and I read and noted it, but I didn't feel compelled to seek a Sheetz out. Your post, though, has made me rethink my position. I need to visit a Sheetz soon! I might just have to take a road trip . . . thanks for the heads up. That sandwich looks ah-mazing!

Sarah said...

Living in western PA, I am well aware of the joys that are Sheetz. I too love their breakfast sandwiches and often find myself having one for lunch.

jamiewhitewyatt said...

Love your blog name, and I'm going to be following. Your food and photos are making my mouth water! My VERY Southern friend Ann Platz wrote "Social Graces," and for a second, after seeing your blog, I was thinking she wrote "Southern Graces!" LOL! Never heard of Sheetz, but I'm going to be looking for them as I "journey on!" Jamie from Georgia
www.dancingonthejourney.blogspot.com