Saturday, February 18, 2012

Breakfast Sandwiches

I've been avoiding Pintrest, and for good reason...until now.  I knew it would be just another time waster so I held off as long as I could, but I knew it would only be a matter of time until I caved and signed up.  Time waster? Yes.  Addicting?  A bit.  Worth it? I think so!  I love the concept and how I can keep all these great ideas I'm coming across so well organized. 

One of my first "pins" was a recipe for breakfast sandwiches from Macheesmo.  Blog creator Nick made a deal with his wife:  if she wanted something from McDonald's, he would figure out how to make it instead.  Great idea! 

I usually don't wake up early enough to eat breakfast before I leave the house for work.  Who am I kidding?!  I never wake up early enough to eat breakfast before I leave for work (although I still plan to keep trying).  I usually make/take something I can eat on my 20-30 minute commute and thought these would be perfect, and have been wanting to do something just like this for a while now.  These are so easy to make, and even easier to heat up for a quick breakfast on the go.  This recipe makes up 12 sandwiches that store in the freezer, so you just heat and eat!  Thank you Macheesmo Nick for the recipe!

Click on Macheesmo's link above for the original recipe.  I added Canadian bacon and some seasoning to the sandwiches I made, and I'm so happy with how they turned out!  The Canadian bacon I used seemed huge for the sandwich, but when I heated it up it shrunk up to fit the muffin perfectly. 

What You Need: 
  • 12 English muffins (whole wheat for a good dose of fiber)
  • 12 large eggs
  • Grated cheddar cheese (about 10 ounces), or your favorite cheese.
  • Canadian bacon
  • Garlic & onion seasoning (or whatever you want to season your eggs)
  • Butter or olive oil cooking spray
What You Do: 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease muffin tin.
  2. Crack an egg into each muffin tin area, season, and bake 15-20 minutes.
  3. Slice English muffins open on a cookie sheet, spread with a little butter (olive oil cooking spray is easiest and quickest) and brown under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. Place one piece of Canadian bacon on each muffin bottom, pile on some cheese, top with a cooked egg, and cover with English muffin top. 
  5. Place breakfast sandwiches on a cookie sheet, unwrapped and uncovered, and place in freezer for about 1 hour (no more).
  6. Wrap individually in plastic wrap or foil, place in a freezer Ziploc bag (I needed two), and store in the freezer.  Will keep for a few weeks.
  7. When ready to eat, Macheesmo recommends heating in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes to avoid sogginess.  Below is what I did and it worked perfectly!

To Heat When Ready to Eat:
  • Wrap in paper towel and heat in microwave for 30 seconds.  Flip over and heat for another 45 seconds.  You may need to increase time if heating more than one.  Let stand 1 minute in microwave, and enjoy!

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