As the kids and parents are settling back into their school-year routine, there’s never been a better time to give them a well-rounded breakfast to start the day. I know that since summer has ended, my life has become even more hectic than it was before. Busy schedules leave us short on time when it comes to thinking about meals, and breakfast is no exception. I want to make sure my kids are starting the day off right, but I don’t have a lot of time to spare to do so.
This is where an easy make-ahead breakfast comes in handy. You can whip up a batch of breakfast sandwiches, throw them in the freezer, and then simply heat and give to the kids on the way out the door. They work great for busy moms who need a fulfilling breakfast too. 🙂 The Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Muffins are packed with protein and can be ready in a snap on those busy mornings when you just need to grab and go.
Sausage and Cheese Muffin with Egg
To assemble these muffins ahead of time I like to prepare everything in a big batch, and there is no simpler way to do that than utilize one pan options. I use a muffin pan to cook all the eggs at once and one frying pan for the sausage. Everything else is simply assembled on a baking sheet to be thrown in the oven.
Simply grab your eggs, sausage, cheese, and muffins. I like to use English Muffins because I prefer the taste but you can use any you like.
Coat your muffin tin with some oil and crack all of your eggs into a muffin pan at once.
Bake in a 350-degree oven until the eggs are set, about 12-15 minutes depending on your oven.
While the eggs are baking be sure to add your sausage to a frying pan (no oil is typically needed) and cook through according to package directions.
As your sausage and eggs are cooking, you can start getting your muffins ready. I like to toast mine a bit before utilizing them as I believe it gives them a better taste, and a little crunch is always good. I have plenty of kitchen helpers who like to help me in the kitchen, so my youngest was thrilled that she got to operate the toaster by pushing the button down.
It was so cute watching her. She’d squeal with delight every time the toaster popped up the muffins. Having your kids help can be so much fun, and it teaches them about how their food is made so I love letting them help when I can.
After the muffins have toasted and everything is ready, you can start assembling. I place all the muffins on a baking sheet and top with cheese, then the sausage. I like to fold the corners of my cheese into the inside so that when they melt the cheese stays in the sandwich and not all over my baking sheet!
Top the sausage with your egg and muffin top and you are ready to throw them in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese.
They come out nice and gooey and ready to eat. Feel free to enjoy one or two right away or freeze them all.
To freeze, I wrap in waxed paper and tape with freezer tape. Then for added protection against freezer burn I place all the sandwiches in a large gallon size zip-lock freezer bag and press all the air out. This ensures when I go to reheat them my sandwiches will taste as good as the day I made them! To reheat, remove the waxed paper and simply wrap in a paper towel and toss in the microwave for about a minute.
And cleanup is a snap too when you have little helpers who still find it fun. 🙂
Until…. that water gets dumped all over the floor. Ooops!
**Reheating note: I have found that when reheating it works better if I heat the egg and sausage separately from the muffin/cheese portion as it only takes a few seconds for the muffin and cheese, but a little longer for the egg and sausage. I then reassemble and enjoy!
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Thanks to Johnsonville for providing me with some great protein packed breakfast sausage. Recipe and opinions are my own.
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