Looking for the perfect bacon egg and cheese on an English Muffin? Here is a recipe for the best breakfast sandwich EVER…spinach optional!
why we love this recipe
One of my favorite, favorite, favorite sandwiches is the classic bacon egg and cheese on a roll. You know, the same one that is on every great diner menu you’ve ever seen.
And while I’ve done my own more exotic version of this sandwich, sometimes I just get a craving for the old classic. And while you would think the old classic would be pretty straightforward.
But no. I have some issues to discuss.
My first pet peeve about the bacon and egg sandwiches that you usually get at the diner is that you often have to pick between soft creamy egg and soft creamy cheese.
Either they put the cheese on after the egg and nuke it so that the cheese is melted but the egg is hard-cooked, or they put the cheese on and they DON’T melt it, so the egg is still soft but the cheese is not melted.
I want my egg soft and and my cheese melted, dang it!
My second issue is the big old roll that these often come on. All that bread just seems to get in the way of the stars of the show, which are the bacon, the egg and the cheese.
So I set about changing the way I make my breakfast sandwiches (and yes, you can leave out the spinach if you want to) and now I have complete and total breakfast sandwich happiness!
ingredients you need
ingredient notes and substitutions
- Velveeta: Yep, I insist. It’s the very very best melting cheese and one of the things that makes this sandwich rock.
- Spinach: This is totally optional. I love spinach in everything, but you can either skip it, or swap it out for a couple of thin slices of tomato – also scrumptious.
- Eggs: I tend to use extra large eggs for pretty much anything I am cooking, but any size you have in your fridge will work.
Here’s how to make this recipe
(Scroll down for the handy complete printable recipe with nutrition info!)
STEP 1: Make your bacon first so that’s all ready to go – I find that one piece cut in half is just the right amount per sandwich. And I always make this sandwich with my beloved recipe for cornmeal brown sugar bacon. But regular bacon is just fine as well!
STEP 2: Then split and toast your English muffins so they are ready and waiting.
STEP 3: If you are having spinach, saute that up next – I use baby spinach and I cook it up with a teeny bit of olive oil right on the stovetop.
STEP 4: Next comes the cheese sauce, which takes about 5 minutes (and I know, this is a lot of pots and pans but I promise it is Worth It!). Melt up a little butter and flour and milk, and then stir in some cubed Velveeta until it is melted. Yes, you have to use Velveeta. Some things just NEED it.
STEP 5: Last but not last, cook up your eggs. Over easy, which means cooking the egg in a little butter just until the white is turning white and solid, flipping it carefully and cooking the other side for about 30 seconds.
STEP 6: Now please assemble as follows:
1. Muffin bottom
2. A generous spoonful of spinach (optional!)
3. A spoonful of cheese sauce
4. Over-easy egg
5. Bacon (one slice cut in half)
6. A bigger spoonful of cheese sauce
7. Muffin top
And now please take a nice big bite as soon as humanly possible. Take another.
Of course you can! You be you, egg-wise. It will be just as delicious if you are a scrambled egg type of person.
You pretty much do, because of the melting thing. If you really can’t bring yourself to get that chunk of Velveeta, you can swap it for the same amount of regular old American cheese, which also melts nice and smoothly.
You can make the bacon and the spinach ahead…just make sure they are both at room temperature when you start the rest of the sandwich.
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want to round out your meal?
This breakfast sandwich is pretty much a complete meal on its own! But if you want to take it to the next level, try this method for making absolutely perfect fried eggs. And this recipe for brown sugar bacon is insanely good in this sandwich.
And how about a lovely cup of fresh mint tea on the side?
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Updated (and made even more delicious!) from a previously published Framed Cooks post!