Monday, May 25, 2015

Quick and easy {freezer friendly} Breakfast Sandwiches


My kids think I'm kind of mean when it comes to breakfast on school days.  They would all love to take down a big bowl of sugary cereal and head off for the day but there's something about that that just doesn't sit right with me.  Between "feeding their brain" and giving them something that will keep them full until lunch time, a bowl of sugar just doesn't cut it.  If you feed your kids cereal for breakfast, I'm not judging.  I promise.  I'm not opposed to a big bowl of Fruity Pebbles and it's hard to beat PB Cap'n Crunch.  We just save that stuff for the weekends when they are at home and can grab a snack if they get hungry before lunch.  I used to do the cereal thing and when I changed that policy my kids were not happy campers.  To avoid a full on mutiny, we decided to compromise with "healthy cereal" on Fridays.  They don't do that much brainwork on Fridays, right?  School mornings are pretty hectic so I needed to come up with yummy healthy breakfast options that didn't require me waking up an hour before the kids to make it.  I'm not a big morning person.  We have things like oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, scrambled eggs, breakfast smoothie, muffins, PB toast, frozen pancakes and sausage.  It's all quick and easy and so much better than sugary cold cereal.  Another favorite is breakfast sandwiches.  They're pretty easy to make but most mornings there isn't enough extra time to make them.  Unless I were to wake up early.  And remember, I don't like to do that.  I prefer to make a big batch of these at the beginning of the week and throw them in the freezer to use throughout the week.  Sausage is our favorite but you can substitute it with bacon or ham or even make it meatless.  To make the fried eggs in large quantities, I didn't want to stand over the stove that long so I searched for a better way.  Guess what I found.  You can BAKE eggs!  Isn't that the coolest thing?!

For the sandwiches, I use a jumbo muffin tin.  It makes the eggs just the right width and thickness. A regular sized muffin tin would work as well but the eggs would be a little thicker and a smaller circle.  Grease the pan and crack one egg into each tin.  Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.  


Bake at 350 for 12 minutes, or until egg is set.  After cooling for a few minutes, use a rubber spatula to gently separate egg from the pan and it will easily slide out of the pan.


To assemble the sandwiches, cut open english muffins.  If you're going to eat it right away, toast the english muffin and layer each one with a slice of cheese, one sausage patty and one baked egg.


Top with the other english muffin half and enjoy!  To reheat if frozen, microwave for 60-90 seconds.


Ingredients
6 eggs
salt and pepper
6 english muffins
6 slices of cheese
6 sausage patties, cooked
6 baked eggs

Directions
Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a jumbo muffin tin.  Crack an egg into each tin.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake at 350 for 12 minutes, until egg is set.  Cut the english muffins in half and toast.  Layer each sandwich with an english muffin half on the bottom, a slice of cheese, a sausage patty and a baked egg.  Top with the other half of the english muffin and enjoy!

For the Freezer
Bake eggs as directed.  Cut the english muffins in half but do not toast.  Use a napkin or paper towel to soak as much grease out of the sausage patty.  Too much grease will make the english muffin kind of soggy when you reheat it.  Build each sandwich as directed.  Wrap each sandwich in foil or place in a sandwich sized ziploc bag.  Place them all in a gallon sized freezer ziploc bag.  To reheat, remove from bag and foil and microwave for 60-90 seconds until heated through.

2 comments:

Jamie Young said...

So this is the secret as to how all of your kids have become a genius! I tried, I really really tried to avoid the cold cereal, even when it is super expensive over here, but I always cave because it is so much easier. But I love this idea to freeze them ahead, they don't get much easier than this! I may have to turn over (another) new leaf when we get back :)

Janessa said...

Haha! I don't know about genius but it sure makes a busy school morning run a little smoother. The cold cereal route is definitely easier. We're in our groove with the no cereal thing and it's working. It took some time to get there, but it's working.

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