Sunday, May 12, 2013

Make-Ahead Freezer Egg McMuffins

I'm always looking for things that save me time, keep me from having to cook all the time AND are healthy. This recipe is awesome! I make up 12 sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches at a time. Then wrap them, put them into a ziploc bag and place them into the freezer. Then we warm them up for breakfast when we need something quick.

Make-Ahead Freezer Egg McMuffins
Makes 12

2 Packages English Muffins (I use Sour Dough)
1 Dozen Eggs
12 Slices of Cheese (I use Cheddar)
12 Organic Sausage Patties (You can use bacon, Canadian bacon, or no meat)

Spray your pan of choice with olive oil. I use a muffin top/whoopie pan because the eggs come out almost the same size of the English muffins and they are the perfect thickness. Add your 12 eggs to the 12 slots in the pan you are using. Add black pepper and sea salt to your liking.

Bake eggs at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes (in a whoopie pan - if you are using a muffin pan I would cook them for 25-30 as they will be much thicker), until set. Although we normally like our egg yolks a little runny, I cooked these completely since I'd be freezing them. That's the way McDonald's makes them, too.

The baked eggs are easy to lift out with a small spatula. I just use my fingers since the whoopie pan is so easy to get them out and isn't a deep pan.

While the eggs bake, prepare the muffins by splitting them open and adding cheese slices (I folded in the corners of my cheese slices).

Add the baked eggs when they're ready and add the sausage patties to the top of the egg (or whatever meat you are using). Put the top of the muffin on and the sandwich is complete.

Wrap each individual sandwich.

Here are the instructions for wrapping them:

Wrap for microwave reheating. Wrap individual McMuffins in dry wax paper deli sheets. That way, you can put the wrapped sandwiches directly in the microwave for reheating. (You can also use pieces of wax or parchment paper.) After they're all wrapped, put them in freezer ziploc bags and freeze them. It takes under a minute to reheat a thawed McMuffin at full power in the microwave. A frozen one takes about 2-3 minutes at half power (turn it over after each minute).

Wrap for oven reheating. Wrap them in aluminum foil if you prefer to reheat them in the oven. This is a good option if you want to reheat several at one time. It takes approx. 30-40 minutes to reheat frozen McMuffins in a 350 degree oven. If they're thawed, it only takes about 15-20 minutes. The outside of the muffin gets crispy when these are warmed in the oven.

Feeding a crowd? Make up a bunch of these in advance, wrap them individually in foil, and reheat them all at once in the oven. They're easier to manage if you arrange them on large baking sheets for putting in and out of the oven. You'll need to increase the baking time a bit if you're reheating larger quantities.

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