Eggs, sausage and cheese, three ways

From left (top) to bottom (right): Stuffed Scramble, Mini McMuffin, Sunny Side Up & at ‘Em

I love Egg McMuffins. If the world was perfect (and I could eat wheat without turning into a Goodyear blimp) I’d probably find a reason to eat one McMuffin a week. Unfortunately, I live in Jamieland where unicorns make bacony sprinkles, where zombies wear plaid, and where my ankles swell if I lick grass-based food products. Alas, I have to abstain.

Even though wheat is not typically my friend, I decided I couldn’t be fully without the sausage-egg-cheesy fabulosity that is the terrific, triumphant breakfast sandwich, and so set upon my own culinary adventures to recreate something–anything–that would allow me my fix of the three ingredients I miss most as a group. Now with egg, sausage, and cheese shuffled around, I have three quick, fun, easy ways to present the Egg McMuffin components gluten-free, and with little effort.

These ideas are quick and easy, and can be made in a pinch for picky kids–or even for picky you

These recipes share how to make one of each item, but since sausage patties tend to come in packages, feel free to make as many as you wish. Make some of these ahead, but remember– they are best served hot.

Look for unwrapped American Cheese singles for these dishes. We use the Kraft Deli Deluxe Cheese slices (found virtually everywhere, and naturally I found this dollar off coupon I wish I had a week ago.)

These breakfasts each contain the addition of butter for cooking. You can elect to cook in olive oil, coconut oil, sausage fats, or in a non-stick pan sans fat. If you delete the butter for cooking, also remove 102 calories, 11.5 grams of fat, and .1 grams of protein from your nutritional values.

These recipes are Atkins Induction friendly, less than 5 carbs each, gluten-free and sugar-free.

Enjoy these three simple breakfasts with  little sizzle.

Stuffed Scramble is right and ready, bright and early

Stuffed Scramble

Mini stuffed sausage patties present a fun, single-sized portion for wee appetites and children.

1 Tbsp butter
1 egg, gently beaten
1 patty sausage, cooked
1 slice of American cheese

Gently remove the center of a cooked sausage patty, leaving at least 1/2″ of the outer edge intact. Over medium heat and in a lightly buttered skillet, pour the beaten egg into the center of the sausage. Cook for 90 seconds. Flip and cook for 90 seconds more, or until the egg is completely cooked.

For cheese crumbles: On parchment, cook a slice of American cheese in the microwave on high for one minute. Let cool. Crumble 1/2 over cooked egg/sausage just before serving.

Nutritional Information per (1) Mini Stuffed Scramble: Calories: 262, Carbohydrates: 1.6 g, Fiber: 0 g, Net Carbohydrates: 1.6 g, Protein: 11.6 g, Fat:23.6 g

Sunny Side up and at ‘Em oozes terrificness

Sunny Side Up and At ‘Em

These eggs were made for dunking,
And dunking’s what they’ll do.
One of these days these eggs are gonna dunk all over you.

1 Tbsp butter
1 egg, separated (you’ll use the yolk)
1 patty sausage, cooked
1 slice of American cheese

Gently remove the center of a cooked sausage patty, leaving at least 1/2″ of the outer edge intact. Over medium heat and in a lightly buttered skillet, gently place only the egg yolk into the center of the sausage. Cook for 60 seconds, or until the bottom of the egg has cooked slightly. Flip and cook for 45-60 seconds more, or until the top of the egg has cooked slightly.

For dipping cheese wedges: Cut a slice of American cheese diagonally. Cook in the microwave on high heat for one minute. Let cool.

Nutritional Information per (1) Sunny Side Up and At ‘Em: Calories: 247, Carbohydrates: 1.6 g, Fiber: 0 g, Net Carbohydrates: 1.6 g, Protein: 8.0 g, Fat:23.2 g

Mini McMuffin is sweet and petite

 

Mini McMuffin

Gluten-free finger food fabulous for busy mornings.

1 Tbsp butter
1 egg
1 patty sausage, cooked
1 slice of American cheese

Gently slice a piece of cooked sausage in two with a sharp knife, careful not to cut fingers*. Over medium heat and in a lightly buttered skillet, scramble egg until completely cooked. Using a cookie cutter, cut the cooked egg to the size of the sausage. Place on the bottom sausage patty half. Cut a slice of American cheese into fourths and place one quarter on top of the egg. Place the top half of the patty over the cheese, sliced edge down. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information per (1) Mini McMuffin: Calories: 263, Carbohydrates: 1.6 g, Fiber: 0 g, Net Carbohydrates: 1.6 g, Protein: 11.6 g, Fat:13.6 g

*To cut one sausage patty into two: After allowing to cool slightly, gently run a sharp knife around the outer side of the patty, gently scoring the meat. As the patty is rotated, the cut becomes deeper and deeper, until finally severing the patty in half, forming two, thin patties. Be careful to not break the patties during cutting; handle the meat gently.

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Comments

  1. Suzanna says:

    Ooo… These look delish! Do they taste like McDonald’s patties? I have been trying to find something similar (up here in the Great White North), with no luck. Where do you find your sausage patties? Love the recipes, btw! Keep up the fantabulous work! :D

    I, too am a McMuffin fan! There was a girl working the drive-through one day who gave me the way to order so I wouldn’t have to buy the whole sammie, considering I throw out the muffins. I get an order of scrambled eggs and sub round eggs (of which you get two), add two sausage patties and two slices of cheese. The total of that is half of what they charge for the McMuffin! And there is no waste, which makes me happy! Sweet, no?

    • Suzanna, what a clever idea! I love it! I really think it tastes the same, yes. I buy these Jimmy Dean sausage patties: http://jimmydean.com/products/original-patties.aspx

    • Gladiolia says:

      The Alton Brown recipe that I mention below….tastes even better than the McD’s sausage!
      Very easy to make….and once your brain has memorized the recipe….you can adjust the seasonings every time you prepare the patty! It is so versatile! You will love it!
      No need to buy something commercial that just does not exist here in Canada!

  2. This is a very cool take on sausage, eggs & cheese for breakfast! Thanks. I’m gonna make these for breakfast – or even maybe for dinner one night!

  3. Jeanette says:

    Aren’t you Miss Creative today? Oh, wait, that’s ALL THE TIME!

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    Love your stuff!

  4. Gladiolia says:

    Dearest fabulous Jamie,
    The food network.com
    Alton Brown has a breakfast sausage recipe that is so very easy to make….and delicious….
    That I purchase bulk lean ground pork from Costco Canada….and I freeze 5 ounce portions….and make them fresh everyday! The recipe is easy to find….just google Alton Brown/ breakfast sausage.

    Delicious, delicious and so much more economical than bacon….which in Canada is hitting $6/pound+++!!!

    Just could not keep an excellent recipe to myself!

    Regards,
    Glad

  5. When I first the one I was like “yay!!” and then I was like :(
    Because we in Denmark do not have “patty sausage”, and I actuallty thought it was a sausage in it self. So, thanks to Gladiolia, who linked the recipe.

    Guess what I’m having for tomorrows breakfast? \o/

    • The words can be so confusing. I am glad you have options. Frankly, making your own is always the best bet! I was lazy this week.

  6. I have been known to take trips to the dreaded Wal-Mart specifically for their sausage patties. They’re significantly larger than any other brand of patty, and about half the thickness. Most mornings I’ll nuke two of those and put a fried egg in between, or fry up two eggs and put a sausage patty in the middle. With cheese, of course! It’s also great with a side of salsa/sour cream. And thank goodness it takes almost no time at all, or else I’d be scarfing breakfast bars instead!

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