Monday, July 8, 2013

Sausage Egg Muffins

My husband LOVES fast food breakfast, I've never really been a fan because of all the preservatives, and of course, the cost.  I know for a fact that it doesn't cost $1.50 plus tax to put together two eggs, one slice of sausage and an english muffin, that's just outrageous.

So my husband has been going about finding a way to get his fast food fix, without the fast food price.  He's pretty happy with his newest find swaggerty's premium sausage, which comes pre-sliced for his convenience. I would have been just as happy buying ground sausage by the chub, letting it get almost frozen, and then slicing it myself. Alas, the pre-sliced sausage was roughly the same price per ounce as the chub, so I let him indulge, and I have to say, it tastes pretty good, if not better than what I normally buy.
Note: If you opt for buying the chub, you can save time in the mornings by preforming your patties up to 3-5 days in advance if kept in your fridge, and 1 month ahead if kept in your freezer, just remember to thaw a day or two before cooking to allow for even heating of the patty.

This super simple breakfast can be easily prepared in less than ten minutes, and munched on as you head off for your hectic commute. Recipe makes 1 muffin, and is easily altered to make many.

Sausage Egg Muffin

1 English muffin, split open
2 eggs, beaten
1-2 sausage patties
1 slice cheddar, optional

nonstick cooking spray

cupcake tin

1. Preheat oven to 550*F and heat a skillet on medium heat.

2. In a small bowl beat eggs.  If you have to form your sausage patties, do it now, while everything is heating up. Cut a slice of Cheddar or other cheese if desired.

3. In a cupcake pan, spray nonstick cooking spray into the cups.  Pour beaten eggs evenly into cups, I usually do two cups per sandwich. Place in 550*F oven for roughly 8 minutes.  Eggs should puff up and look like mini muffins.
4. While eggs are cooking, place sausage patties in your skillet.  Flip patties over after 5 minutes, or when first side is thoroughly browned, cook roughly 3-4 minutes on alternate side.  Times may vary depending on type of skillet and heat source, just be sure to thoroughly cook the patty as to no pink remaining inside.

5. Slide patties and eggs onto one side of the muffin, top with cheese if desired, close sandwich and enjoy.

My husband and I find that the sausage gives enough salt to the sandwich that the eggs do not need any salt, but one of my daughters disagrees.  Easiest way to find out is to make it without the first day and then add salt than to add salt before trying and find out that it is too much.
Also note, that if you add salt to your eggs before cooking you often taste less of the salt and end up salting more, which increases your sodium intake.  Salting after cooking reduces this.

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