Not long ago, I wrote a blog post about the different recipes that my favourite restaurants are sharing in lockdown and I decided to have a go at a fakeaway version of the McDonalds Sausage & Egg McMuffin.
The magic ingredient here is the dried sage – it really makes the dish sing and takes it to the next level, its almost like eating a McDonalds at home! The sausage pattys need to be really thin, like they are in McDonalds. To do this, take a ball of the meat mix and place between two pieces of greaseproof paper or one folded over. Squash the ball of sausage meat between the bits of paper to get perfectly sized pattys.
I cook my eggs in egg rings to try and get the same shape that you get in McDonalds – a really thick egg in a perfectly neat circle. If you don’t have egg rings, you can crack the eggs straight into the pan or you can use a tuna can and take the end out of the can. Don’t forget to crack the egg yolk so that it cooks evenly. To speed this up, I add some water to the pan and cover it with a lid which helps the egg to steam. The final trick is to add the American sliced cheese to the top of the patty while it’s still in the pan so that the cheese melts and becomes all gooey. Bring it all together by sandwiching it between a toasted, hot buttered English muffin and voila – the perfect cheat day fakeaway McDonalds McMuffin at home.
Masterchef judge John Torode also showed us how to make these live on an episode of This Morning (from his home of course – social distancing) where he accidentally set fire to his teatowel but you can also catch his version on his Instagram.
Keep scrolling for my attempt of recipe!
Sausage & Egg McMuffin – The Recipe
225g pork sausage meat
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion granules
3 English Muffins
2 tbsp water
3 tbsp butter
3 slices of American cheese
- In a bowl, mix together the sausage meat and herbs until combined
- Lightly grease three egg rings and place in a pan on a medium to high heat to start heating up
- Divide the mixture into three balls and flatten into patty shapes by placing the ball in between two sheets of greaseproof paper and squashing
- Place the pattys in a separate hot pan to cook for five minutes on each side
- Crack the eggs into the egg rings, add the water to the bottom of the pan and break the egg yolk before putting a lid on the pan to steam the eggs for five minutes
- Place a cheese slice on top of each patty to melt for a few minutes
- Slice the muffins in half and toast under a hot grill until toasted
- Butter the muffins and place the sausage patty with cheese on the muffin
- Add the egg to the top of the cheese and cover with the other half of the muffin
You’ve got to try these McMuffins!