Thursday, October 7, 2010

Freezer Cooking: Egg Muffin Sandwhiches

I don't do much freezer cooking.  I don't have much freezer space nor the desire to actually cook in bulk.  However, having a husband who leaves the house before dawn (commuting 1 1/2 hours each way) for work, has led us to discover that freezer cooking for his breakfast benefits everyone.  He needs something more substantial than cereal and milk or yogurt, so we've gone to making egg muffin sandwiches.  This way he has a hearty breakfast, that he can heat quickly (and quietly) & I don't have to get up 4 hours before the kids to make it.  I spend about an hour a month preparing them & he's got enough to get him through almost every morning for the entire month!

18 English Muffin
18 eggs
1 package of Canadian Bacon (there are only 15 pieces in the pack I buy, so he has 3 that don't have meat)
18 American Cheese slices

I have this adorable little egg frying pan and it works perfectly!  I spray a little non stick cooking spray, crack the egg into the pan, break up the yolk with a tooth pic & cook it.  Since I'll be using the entire carton of eggs, I just put the cracked shells back in the carton :)

As each egg is cooked, I place them on a wire rack to cool. 
As the eggs are cooking, I get out my bread knife and begin to the cut the muffins in half.
Go ahead and toss the box, but keep the bag the box comes in for later.

Then I begin assembling the sandwiches.  I start with the bottom of the muffin, then add an egg, a slice of canadian bacon & the top of the muffin.  We have found that adding cheese at this point is really not the best idea since it heats so much more quickly than the rest of the items.

Once all the sandwiches are assembled, I individually wrap the sandwiches in seran wrap.  Once they are all wrapped, I place the individually wrapped sandwiches into the bag from the english muffins, secure the top of the bag and place in the freezer.

In the morning, my sweet husband takes out a sandwich, unwraps it, wraps it in a paper towel and microwaves the entire thing for 1 minute & 15 seconds.  While it's cooking, he grabs a slice of cheese out of the fridge.  Once it's cooked, he opens it, adds the cheese, lets it sit for a minute or so and enjoys a nice, hot, filling breakfast.

Best part is, there is an entire month of drive thru style breakfasts for about 10 bucks...can't beat that!


Cristy said...

The Canadian bacon is already fully cooked, right? So you take the Canadian bacon straight from the package and put it on the sandwich, yes? And are you toasting the muffin or just leaving it plain?

Thanks! I LOVE having an English muffin egg sandwich in the mornings too.

Mama Monkey said...

Yes, the canadian bacon is fully cooked, so no prep work there. I do not toast the muffin...I'm not sure if that would even make a difference one you freeze & microwave.

Kimberly said...

I love this idea! I just made them this morning (but I only made 6). Question - Do you need to pull one out the night before and put it in the fridge to defrost, or do you just go straight from freezer to microwave?

Mama Monkey said...

We just put them in the microwave straight from the freezer. Be sure to wrap them in a paper towel, or they will be soggy.

I've never tried thawing them and my only concern would be the excess moisture. If you can try thawing them before, let me know how it goes :)

Tiffany Yang said...

This is such a good idea. Thank you so much for sharing :D


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