I have a few foods that I would eat daily, even multiple times a day if I could. Fried chicken and pancakes come to mind. But nothing is higher on that list than a McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg.

It’s one of the only things in life I have waited in an extensive line for with no regrets. I don’t know what it is about this thing — it’s clearly just a fast-food sandwich and probably something I’d never eat if I knew exactly what cow parts were in it. But it’s just so damn comforting to me. When I’m dieting, I take off the cheese-less muffin, I call it the McWaste, and call it my lower-carb sandwich.

Here is what I’ve conjured up as my excuse: when I was little and living in Snohomish, Washington, my dad used to fly for work, weekly. Every single Monday morning, around 4am, my mom would wake me up and put me in the car to drive him to the airport, which was a little over an hour away. I’d be asleep the entire journey to Sea-Tac, waking only to kiss my dad goodbye. But on the way home, around 6am, we would always, ALWAYS stop and get me this sandwich and 2 golden, crispy, greasy little hash browns. I had to have two. Then I’d go on to school, knowing the best part of my week was over. Until next Monday.

Eating this thing always reminds me of those long drives and how simple things used to make me so, so happy (and fat).

So when I moved to New York, I found myself never eating them and missing the crap out of them. But with no drive thrus in the city, I am not about to get my lazy (mostly hungover) ass into their fine dining establishment. That’s when John decided he could make something better. “BETTER? NO. MAYYYYBE SIMILAR”, I cried. But then this happened:


Johnny was kind enough to write up his quick breakfast sandwich how-to for you! Months ago, really. But let’s not mention how long I’ve been gone for…

I know it’s easy. It’s not really a recipe. But I just love this thing so freaking much and it’s too big a part of my life not to share.

Take it away, John…

Chrissy always has cravings for McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffins at random times.  Sometimes, it’s a hangover cure.  Sometimes she’s just hungry and she wants it NOW!  Unfortunately, there isn’t always a McDonald’s around, and even if they are, they only serve breakfast until 10:30 or 11am.  The nerve!  Anyway, luckily Chrissy has a fiancé who makes a great breakfast sandwich.  She tweeted a pic of it the other day and some of you asked for the recipe.  She laughed because there really isn’t much of a recipe.  But I figured I should write it out just in case you need some guidance.  Timing is everything so read this, get ready and then make it happen.  The whole process isn’t much more than 10 minutes.

Ingredients for 1 breakfast sandwich:
  • 1 english muffin
  • 1 3-oz uncooked patty of breakfast sausage
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 1 egg
  • a little salt and pepper, if desired
This is a very simple recipe, but you want everything hot and fresh or it won’t taste as good as it should.  So take all the ingredients and cooking utensils out to start so that the timing works out perfectly.
- form a sausage patty that is roughly the same diameter as the english muffin
- split the english muffin in half and put it in the toaster (don’t start toasting it yet)
- take out 2 small-medium skillets and spray them with cooking spray.  Preheat them at medium heat.
- You’ll fry the egg in one skillet and the sausage in the other.
- Start frying the sausage, flipping every minute or 2 as it is browning
- While the sausage is going, also fry the egg
- Cook both the sausage and the egg thoroughly.  The sausage should be nicely browned, but nowhere near black.  The egg should have no more wet yolk.  I love yolk-y eggs but they don’t work well for the sandwich because it gets kind messy.
- The goal is that the egg and the sausage finish frying around the same time.  They’ll take around the same amount of time to fry so that’s why I like to do it simultaneously
- Once the sausage and egg are about ready, leave the sausage on its skillet and turn down the heat a little bit.  Start toasting the muffin now so that it’s lightly toasted (not brown).
- And while the muffin is toasting, melt the cheese by putting one slice of cheese on top the sausage patty in the skillet.  Then put the fried egg on top of that slice of cheese.  Then another slice of cheese on top of the egg.  Let them cook together for a minute or 2 til the cheese starts melting.
- The muffin should be ready right before the cheese melts.  The sandwich is already ready to be formed so just remove the sausage/egg/cheese stack and put it in between the two muffin halves and it’s ready to go.  Enjoy!
Photo credit: John Legend (AKA I did not take the terrible ones) (sorry baby) (love you!)
PS: Sorry for the disorganization of this post — wordpress is not agreeing with my tab button today….