Cooking breakfasts at home has been my duty for as long as I can remember. When my girls were on the high school swim team, practice started at 5:00 am and ended at 6:45 am, with class starting at 7:10 am. So they had 25 minutes (most times, less) to shower, dress, eat, and make their way to class – basically a quite stressful task for high school girls. If the choice were eating or looking good, you can figure where they would invest their time. I, of course, was more concerned with their health; and, after they burned up over 2,000 calories in their intense morning swim practice, I wanted to refill their tanks.
As I have previously mentioned, in 1968 I was the breakfast cook at my fraternity house. Every morning, one of my frat brothers got two eggs, broken yolk, overcooked, with melted American cheese and several slices of bacon all between two pieces of toast. I called this a hockey puck with cheese fried egg sandwich. I have been making them ever since. It is fast, easy, and portable. Substitute Canadian bacon and English muffin and you’ve got McDonald’s Egg McMuffin (which I knew would be a hit from the moment I saw it).
With Fran and I both working and the girls’ swim/school schedule, mornings were hectic. I made a quick portable breakfast for the girls based upon my experience and the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin and brought it to them precisely at 7:00 am. It was amusing to see other parents coming in with food bags and the girls sitting in the hall outside the locker room eating their breakfasts.
I could make this breakfast in less than 5 minutes from the time I walked into the kitchen. This makes my McMuffin a perfect College Corner breakfast.
Dad’s Egg McMuffin
- 1 egg
- 1/2 slice American cheese
- 1 slice Canadian bacon or breakfast ham
- 1 English muffin
- Get medium fry pan, put on stove, and turn burner to medium high.
- Get butter, eggs, cheese, English muffin, and ham.
- Put pat of butter in fry pan and while it is melting, put English muffins in toaster.
- Break eggs, turn heat to medium, and let fry.
- If it is “to go,” get aluminum foil and tear off a couple of sheets.
- Use spatula to break yolks in pan.
- Take out a slice of American cheese and break into quarters.
- Flip eggs over.
- Put bacon/ham in fry pan.
- Get English muffins from toaster and butter, if you like.
t= 3.5 mins.
- Put cheese on eggs and place ham, cooked side down, on top.
- Flip over.
- Remove and place between English halves.
- Wrap in foil and put in a bag with carton of OJ and napkin. You’re done!
Total time less than 5 mins.