Fluffy Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

I enjoy a good fried egg sandwich, or an English muffin sandwich, or something similar for an occasional breakfast. For the past week or so, I had an idea in my head of something I wanted to do to change it up a bit, and I finally went through with it today.

I started by putting a metal bowl in the refrigerator. I wanted it to be a little cold for whipping up some egg whites. I separated the yolks and whites from two eggs. I then added approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of milk into the egg yolks and mixed that together. I then whisked the egg whites until they were nice and airy, but not forming peaks. Once these were both done, I put the heat to medium high to get my pan warmed up.

I gently folded the egg yolks and the egg whites together. Once those were combined, I added in both sides of an English muffin that had been split. I made sure to get all sides thoroughly covered with the mixture.

The pan was hot enough at this point, so I poured in the egg mix and then gently placed the English muffin in the pan, interior side down. I covered the pan and let this cook for about 2 minutes.

I flipped it over and thought it looked even better than I was expecting. I covered this again and let it cook for another 2 minutes.

I turned off the heat, added a slice of cheddar cheese and covered it for another minute to get the cheese nice and melted.

I closed it up and it was all ready to be devoured.

I decided to slice it in half just so you could see how it looked on the inside. I thought this was a delicious breakfast sandwich. It might have been better with some bacon or sausage in the middle, but it was still very tasty. Although the English muffin had been smothered in the egg mixture, it was not mushy or soggy on the outside. The eggs were light and fluffy, and provided a nice texture when biting into the sandwich. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be making this again. This was a very positive start to what will be a very hot weekend.

Flavorful Cheese Spread

Yesterday, I decided to get a little creative and make myself a cheese spread. I was checking out quite a few recipes, and the main ingredients that I saw over and over again were mayonnaise and cream cheese. Good options, to be sure, but I wanted to do things slightly different, and I did.

I started by finely chopping one vidalia onion, about 1/3 of a red bell pepper, 1/3 of a green bell pepper, and four cloves of garlic.

Next, I added in 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. I mixed those dry ingredients in, and then added the wet ingredients. 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of hot sauce, 1/2 cup of sour cream (I used reduced fat), and 1 cup of plain yogurt (I used non-fat). If I left it at that, it would have made for a good dip, but I wanted a little something more.

I added in 8 ounces of shredded cheese. I used a block of extra sharp cheddar. After that all got mixed in together, I put it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

At first, I had it as a dip with some pita chips. The flavors were nice, and there was a bit of a bite to it, which wasn’t overbearing. This was a tasty treat, and it worked pretty well.

Later on, I decided to amp things up and make a grilled cheese sandwich with the spread. Nothing else added to it, other than some butter on the outside of the bread to give it that nice crisp texture and buttery flavor. This worked well as a hot sandwich, but the bread cooked too quickly. I’ll have to work on ways to get the inside a bit hotter and the cheese slightly melty. The filling was hot, but I was hoping for a bit more. Maybe next time I will just leave the mixture out for a little to get to room temperature, instead of taking it directly from the refrigerator.

Overall, I was happy with the mixture. I think I would scale back on the peppers a bit in the future, or increase the amount of cheese in there. There is a good balance of flavor right now, but I would prefer that the cheese play a more prominent role. No matter what, this was a great way to get the weekend off to a positive start.