Friday, May 18, 2012

Egg Cheese Muffin - Breakfast Sandwich with Homemade English Muffins and Kraft Singles


Raise your hand if you've ever taken a bite out of the middle of a Kraft American Single slice of cheese and peeked through the hole.  (Insert picture of me raising my hand here).  Raise your hand if you've ever torn your single slice into strips and worn it as a beard.  (Insert that same picture of me here...).  Raise your hand if you remember opening the wrapper of the single cheese and thinking it was fun.  (Ok... am I the only one raising my had here?).

If you are less than 63 years old, then you have grown up with the Kraft American Singles existing in your world whether you indulged in them or not.  Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, a real grilled cheese for me included a slice or two (or perhaps 3) of American Cheese which melted into the perfect cheesy consistency.

My son, following in my footsteps, grew up with these cheese slices being one of the few foods he would always eat.  Trying to teach him to eat a rainbow of food colors in his monotone world (bread, pasta, chicken, bananas, yogurt and pancakes), he considered Kraft American Cheese Singles his color.  Folded into a quesadilla, grilled into a grilled cheese sandwich or simply eaten out of the super fun to open plastic wrapper (I won't go into the time he opened all the wrappers in the cheese drawer just because it was so fun), I could always count on a slice of cheese to go down.

As such, when Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program in combination with Kraft offered to sponsor me to write about our Kraft Singles memories, I jumped at the opportunity as this is an ingredient I can wholeheartedly support.  With a decent dose of calcium, 25% of the RDA, and 4 grams of protein, this cheese helped get nutrition into that picky boy.

Now 16 years old and lactose intolerant, my son has gone dairy free.  Well, mostly.  It is the occasional Egg Cheese Muffin Breakfast Sandwich that spurs him to re-enter the world of dairy.  Taking additional lactose pills, the smile on his face still shows sheer pleasure in every bite.

A simple recipe, he prefers his version unadorned and with only the three ingredients... the egg, the cheese and the muffin.  We've tried to add extras like bacon, avocado, and tomato, but all have been vetoed in favor of the original version he has enjoyed for some 15 years.

Stepping up my game a little, today's version included not only the original recipe, but homemade English Muffins which turned out to be fairly easy, though a bit lengthy, to make.  The bread machine makes easy work of processing the dough and a large drinking glass filled in for my missing muffin cutter.  Semolina flour dusted my board and within minutes of rolling out the dough I had muffins working on their second rise and nearly ready to be cooked on the stove top.

Placed on a griddle over medium heat, the muffins puffed as they cooked and were ready to be toasted and turned into Egg Cheese Muffins in a little more than 10 minutes.

Kids everywhere, and every age, still love Kraft Singles and I didn't have to ask twice to have my neighbor kids Maggie and Jack volunteer to be our photo shoot models.  My suggestion was, "Play with your cheese.", and I smiled to myself as Miss Maggie's first suggestion was to bite a hole in the middle of the cheese so she could look through it.  Some things never change.


Egg Cheese Muffin Breakfast Sandwich

1 egg
1 Kraft American Single

Split your English Muffin and toast it.  In a small skillet fry your egg, breaking the yolk with the tip of your spatula as soon as you drop the egg into the pan.  Or alternatively don't break the yolk, it will just be a bit drippier when you are eating.  When the egg is finished, fold it in half and place on top of your prepared muffin, quickly top with a Kraft Single and quickly again top with the other half of the muffin so your cheese will become the perfect "melty" texture.  Enjoy!


Ultimate Egg Cheese Muffin Breakfast Sandwich

Same process as above only with 2 slices of cheese.  Toast muffin, add 1 slice of cheese on top of the bottom slice, top with the cooked egg and one more slice cheese, again topping quickly with the last piece of muffin to create maximum melting.

Liv Life Note:  While my son has preferred his breakfast sandwich unadorned and with only these three ingredients for 15 years, the rest of us have been know to add avocado, bacon, tomato and even lettuce.  Create a style that works for you!
"As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program,
I received a coupon for free Kraft Singles and a stipend."



16 comments:

  1. I rasied my hand to all but the beard comment, and now think I may have short-changed myself in childhood. ;) Those muffins look wonderful and easy enough for me try making them from scratch.

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  2. These muffins are gorgeous - making them from scratch seems so much better than store bought :D
    I love mine slathered in peanut butter, topped with banana and golden syrup - yum!

    Cheers
    Choc CHip Uru

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  3. My son loves those cheese slices, and me too, and it melted so well that I we can't resist.
    My son just discovered the English Muffins, we are Peruvians so it's not common to have it here. Anyway, he loved it, and you know something, his family from his dad side is British...it may be in his blood :)

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  4. Kim,

    Muffin sandwiches have a leg up on Mc Donald's, because your muffins are made with love, and I'm sure that they taste so much better than Mickey D's.

    I just remember making grilled cheese sandwiches with the cheese slices, so good. Thanks for the memories;)

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. Love these! I make them all the time for my kids. I cheat with the store bought muffins. My son is also lactose intolerant. We monitor his dairy intake as well.

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  6. Love seeing the kids have fun with food. Check out our Friday Night Cooking Class with my daughter and her friends at www.noshingwiththenolands.com Thanks for the kind commment. Cheer, Tara

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  7. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to raise my hand to any of these ... What was I missing out on :-)

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  8. Great looking sandwich and great shots! I want a sandwich, please! The kids were excited to eat cheese so freely! Thanks for inviting them over.

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  9. Egg McMuffins are my secret guilty pleasure from the Golden Arches. However, once I started making our own, my son would beg me to make them more often. I've just learned how to make cinnamon raisin muffins, and had bookmarked KAF's English Muffins. You did Kraft proud. Beautifully executed, and now... my turn to try.

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  10. This is my all time favourite breakfast too. But it's a poached egg for me please.

    Cheese slices live permanently in our fridge, as do homemade muffins in the freezer.

    Your muffins look amazing BTW.

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  11. OMG! I think even my kids would love these sandwiches. I loved the look of this...simply irresistible!

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  12. Yum, Kim - your English muffins look amazing! This breakfast looks sure to please most anyone!I might have to add a bit of bacon :)

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  13. Those are the most enticing English muffins I've ever seen! What a fabulous breakfast you've made...YUM!

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  14. I wasn't able to raise my hand to the cheese beard, but all the rest, absolutely.

    And don't forget about nibbling the cheese in tiny tiny bites like a hamster or a squirrel. Or opening the cheese packet in the dark to see if it sparked (seriously, this was a thing back when I was little. Magical cheese packets and whatnot) and folding the square into as many halves as you could until you had one really tiny but really tall stack of cheese niblets.

    And haters can hate about using processed cheese, but I think almost everyone can agree- there are some foods which are just NOT the same without Kraft singles. :)

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  15. Kim ... You have been nominated for my NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling. Check out my site for the details (foodstoriesblog dot com).

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  16. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

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