5-minute-egg-sandwich

This started off as a much different post, originally called “THE 3-MINUTE EGG SANDWICH.” Things didn’t quite go as planned.

My daughter Brynn absolutely loves egg sandwiches (“eggies” as she’s called them since she was three years old). I love them, too. Our favorite version is made with a fresh english muffin, a slice of canadian bacon, some shredded cheddar, and a hot fried egg with a partially cooked yolk.

The thing is, I like eating egg sandwiches a whole lot better than making them. It’s not that I think they’re hard to make; it just seems so much more involved than dumping some cereal and milk into a bowl. It requires a pan and a toaster and a spatula, and standing around and monitoring a bit versus just pouring and dashing onto the next thing.

A few weeks ago, I discovered some frozen “all natural” egg patties at the grocery store and they became my new BFFs. All you had to do was toss a patty onto a plate and heat it in the microwave for 60 seconds. They tasted good, and they were just so darn convenient! The whole sandwich-making process only took me three minutes from start to finish.

I headed back to the store, all excited to stock up on those egg patties so that I could continue making my super-fast egg sandwiches. Alas…they were nowhere to be found! I searched aisle after aisle, and finally had to accept that my new favorite egg patties were no longer being sold.

After pouting for a while, I decided I was going to just have to make them myself. I would spend some time cooking up a bunch of egg patties and then freeze them. How hard could it be?! I figured I could even turn it into a blog post…THE 3-MINUTE EGG SANDWICH! It would be great.

It took a little bit of experimentation to get the egg patties right. OK, a lot.

First, I went and bought this ring-shaped egg thingy that is supposed to shape a cooked egg into a cute little round english-muffin-sized egg patties.

This is what happened.

EPIC FAIL

EPIC FAIL

I then enlisted my husband who is otherwise known in our house as “egg cooker extraordinaire.” He also had zero luck with the egg-shaper things, but he managed to make a free-form patty that was about the right size.

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After he made about five suitable patties, I let them cool and then froze them in a freezer bag between sheets of parchment paper. I was convinced that even though the process of making the patties was sort of a pain, it would all be worth it when I could make a quick egg sandwich in the morning.

Well, today was the day. I came home from the gym eager to test out my three-minute frozen egg sandwich. I toasted up an english muffin, got out some cheese and Canadian bacon, and nuked one of the frozen patties in the microwave. It all came together so fast…

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…and it tasted TERRIBLE.

The thawed, cooked egg tasted nothing like the ones from the store. It was rubbery, watery, and gross. Thinking I might have microwaved it too long, I tried nuking another patty for less time. Same result.

I went online and started googling to figure out if there was some sort of trick to making a frozen egg patty that wouldn’t be rubbery when heated up. I read through various threads with people advising to try adding cream or salt or baking the eggs in muffin tins or changing the microwave power level before defrosting. I thought about doing those things.

But then the rational little voice in my head spoke up and said: What in the world are you doing? Do you know how long you’ve spent trying to figure out how to make an already easy task a little easier? You are not curing cancer. It’s an egg! In the time you’ve spent ruining a bunch of eggs and reading about how to fix them, you could have made 20 fresh egg sandwiches.

Listening to my voice of reason, I shut down the internet and went into the kitchen to make myself a regular, fresh egg sandwich. Out of curiosity, I set the kitchen timer to find out exactly how long it would take.

From pre-heating the skillet to taking my first bite, it took 5 minutes. 5 MINUTES! And that sandwich was darn good.

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Behold, the 5-Minute Egg Sandwich

This whole experience got me thinking…

  • How often do I waste time in the interest of saving it?
  • How often do I write off things as being difficult or time consuming when they barely take any time at all?
  • How many times do I opt for convenience when a few more minutes of effort would result in something so much better?

If I added up the minutes I waste on stupid things throughout the day, I’d see that investing five minutes on a delicious and fresh egg sandwich for myself or my eggie-loving daughter is totally worthwhile.

So I’m saying farewell to the 3-minute egg sandwich and welcoming the 5-minute one into my life. Although I can’t promise that if I see those egg patties in the store again, I won’t be tempted to buy them!
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While attempting to make a 3-minute egg sandwich, I learned that a 5-minute egg sandwich is much, much better. Click for story and recipe.

 

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