Your favorite fast food breakfast reimagined! Crispy, chewy English Muffins baked with eggs, breakfast sausage and cheddar cheese for a delicious egg bake that will be a hit with a crowd! Serve with maple syrup and a side of hash browns and skip the drive thru!
A couple of weeks ago I added a recipe for a Bacon & Egg McMuffin bake which was an awesome play on the delicious breakfast sandwich from McDonald’s. Since then I have done a bit more refining of the recipe and have actually added an extra layer of eggs to the mix too! The result is and even more authentically delicious breakfast bake! This weekend I am doing a final recipe test on the Sausage McGriddle bake and my hash brown recipe I’ve been working on. Also Monday morning you can log on to find an amazingly authentic In ‘n Out experience.
Still to come… a bacon, egg and cheese bagel bake and a sausage and egg mcgriddle bake!
Let’s talk kitchen tools for a second, I have been getting a fair number of emails asking for more information about what kinds of pots and pans I recommend. I am going to make a page that details my favorite pieces for you all, but until then here are a few tips for this recipe.
You can make this a one pot meal if you use a sturdy oven-proof pan. My favorite is my trusty cast iron skillet. I use it on a daily basis, so much in fact I usually don’t even put it back in the cupboard. I clean it and put it back on the stovetop for the next time I use it. Given how heavy it is, it works pretty well for me this way. You can also use a normal oven-safe skillet (many are available for a low cost) or even a pyrex pan (I have this glass set, you can’t find a set any cheaper/more utilitarian than this one) instead. For a nice square/rectangular metal pan, You will need a skillet for cooking the sausage and eggs but the baking can certainly be done separately. I just like being able to use less cookware when possible.
If you are looking at my photos and see a gold finish to my pans you are seeing a line from Williams-Sonoma called Goldtouch (no advertisement for them here, just love). It is professional quality bakeware that I have been using with clients for years. It took me 6 years to spring for a new set as I had worn out my old ones from VERY heavy use. Think high heat roasting on an almost daily basis. So most of the ones you will see in photos now are very new and shiny. I imagine as the blog matures the pans will as well. Please don’t think you need these pans to make your dishes come out tasty and beautiful. Likewise, you don’t need my set of All-Clad to sear a piece of meat perfectly. So when I link you guys to products you can use I will usually link to either the exact item I use or if something I use is very expensive I will let you know of great, less expensive alternatives.
Cook sausage on high heat, you want the color on the outside, the rest will bake through in the oven. Remove from pan, let cool and slice into chunks. Drain/wipe fat from pan if you would like to use butter to cook the eggs. If you want to cook them in sausage fat instead, drain all but about a tablespoon and heat the pan on medium high.Break 6 eggs into a bowl, add them to the pan and poke the yolks. Stir a bit just to spread the yolks around a bit.
Cook until just set and remove from pan. Spray either your cast iron skillet or 8×8 inch pan with cooking spray. Cut the English muffins into chunks and toast at 375 degrees until slightly browned and crispy, about 7-9 minutes. Whisk the rest of the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Add toasted English Muffin chunks, eggs, sausage and cheese in layers to your pan. Pour the egg mixture over it evenly. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Enjoy with Maple syrup!
- 12 eggs , divided
- 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
- 2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 16 oz breakfast sausage (since I was a kid, I use and LOVE Farmer John)
- 2 cups cheddar cheese (I put a half a pound in chunks in my food processor and it gave me perfect little bits)
- 8 large english muffins (If you use a smaller variety like Thomas, you will need 12)
- maple syrup , for topping
- Cook sausage on high heat, you want the color on the outside, the rest will bake through in the oven.
- Remove from pan, let cool and slice into chunks.
- Drain/wipe fat from pan if you would like to use butter to cook the eggs. If you want to cook them in sausage fat instead, drain all but about a tablespoon and heat the pan on medium high.
- Break 6 eggs into a bowl, add them to the pan and poke the yolks.
- Stir a bit just to spread the yolks around a bit.
- Cook until just set and remove from pan.
- Spray either your cast iron skillet or 8x8 inch pan with cooking spray.
- Cut the English muffins into chunks and toast at 375 degrees until slightly browned and crispy, about 7-9 minutes.
- Whisk the rest of the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.
- Add toasted English Muffin chunks, eggs, sausage and cheese in layers to your pan.
- Pour the egg mixture over it evenly.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes.
- Enjoy with maple syrup!
A non-traditional but fun option for a complete McDonalds-esque meal would be adding some tater tots to the mix. I would add them as the second to last layer, just under the cheese before baking. Or just cook them off on a pan in the oven the last 15 minutes this is baking!
I agree with Joyce — not a single comment from someone who actually tried it, which was not very helpful to me as I tackled this recipe this morning! I would’ve loved to hear how others were able to get 8 chopped English muffins and all the rest of the ingredients into an 8×8 pan! I could not — I had to use a 14×9 casserole dish. But I also agree with all the other comments — this savory and sweet breakfast dish is right up my alley! Did any of you end up trying it? I’d love to know! Thank you, Sabrina, for such a fun and tasty dish. ?
This looks so yummy. I will try it soon. Or give the recipe to my mom she’s a great cook and baker. Honey
I want to see reviews from people who have actually made this. Too many reviews saying “My family would love this” or “This looks so good”. These are not helpful at all. I want to know who made it and get their opinion! We all want something constructive so we can work off of it.
This looks interesting. I like how you use the eggs twice. As a distinguishable ingredient and as the bonding agent.
Yup! It was a change I made from the bacon version 🙂 Thanks for noticing!
What a great breakfast! Love the uniqueness!!
This looks like a breakfast that my family would love. We really enjoy our weekend breakfast time.
My husband and daughter would love this for breakfast. I love Sausage and Eggs!
Ooo so tasty looking. Another great idea
This is another quick and easy recipe from you. It looks so yummy!
YUMMY! This is my kind of breakfast.
Meeeeee too 😉
I’m always looking for new breakfast meals. The fact that it is one dish is an added bonus!
My family will love this for breakfast! Thanks for sharing! I need to make it ASAP!
Awesome! I hope you love it!
Wow. This looks beyond words amazing. I will for sure need to try making this. It looks so good, my whole family would LOVE this!
I love the idea of making it in one big pan versus individual. Such a time saver and so much fun to eat.
I have no doubt this breakfast bake puts the original to shame, plus it is so much more fresh too. I can see this being a weekend brunch hit as well as a breakfast for dinner success.
I’m loving this! (Sorry couldn’t resist the jingle!) Seriously though, this looks like a perfect weekend breakfast, yum!
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We do a Christmas breakfast at our house for our entire family. This sounds like it would make a great addition to our menu this year!
Wonderful! We do gingerbread pancakes and I make the ones for the little ones look like Santa with berries for his hat, m&m eyes and a whipped cream beard. 🙂 I can’t wait until Christmas!
Oh man, this looks so yummy! Perfect for the long weekend coming up!
This looks delicious! My family would go nuts over this.
We are all about breakfast! We could eat it for every meal. This would be a family favorite for sure.
Me too! I love breakfast for dinner days!
Love sausage and eggs for breakfast!! This looks like the perfect Saturday breakfast!
I am always looking for new breakfast ideas. I have never tried anything like this. The recipe looks easy to make and so delicious.
Thanks Tammy! I hope you get to try it and love it!
This looks like a delicious breakfast. I will have to try making this on the weekend. I am sure my kids are going to love it.
Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing. I love egg bakes and we have them all the time. Thanks for sharing
This looks delish! I may sneak out early and get the rest of the ingredients i don’t have on hand to make this for breakfast tomorrow. Hubby will love it!
My girls have been planning a slumber party here with friends when school starts and this would be a great breakfast idea.
Aww slumber parties sound like so much fun!
I love breakfast casseroles, but I need a gluten free option. I would substitute GF bread.
I have a total weakness for English muffin and sausage breakfast sandwiches, so I think this looks fantastic!
This looks delicious! Breakfast foods are my favorite and I’ll admit I could probably eat a whole pan by myself. Everyone else is on their own, haha.
Me too! Especially with sausage! or bacon.. ok fine either!
I’m so excited for all of your fun breakfast bakes to come! This one sounds right up my husband’s alley. He loves sausage breakfast sandwiches so he would love this bake.
Thanks Pam! We are enjoying the fruits of this labor, haha!
This looks so tasty and so easy to make. It would be perfect to make for Sunday Brunches. It has everything we love and want for breakfast.
This sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to make this for the family. I love how it’s a brick of breakfast. Yum!
Yup! Pretty much! I made two pans at once and it fed a huge crowd, it was great!
This would be a perfect meal for a sunday brunch! I will have to make it for after church this weekend, thanks!
Awesome Rachelle! I hope you love it!
That is so good! I love that you have everything all together in one dish like that. My husband would devour this.
Yup, my husband hoarded what was left in the tray and sliced it up and froze it for later in the week.
This looks great for those school brunch pot lucks. I have to try it!
Great! I hope they love it!
I’m not a big breakfast fan. This looks worth making though.
I take that as a huge compliment!
Now this is a manly breakfast! My husband would love this, though I would need to make it special without the cheese 🙂
It sure is!
This looks and sounds yummy. I am always looking for new weekend breakfast idea. My family will love this.
This looks fantastic! Perfect comfort food!
This looks like an awesome recipe! I so need to try this. I think my family will love it.
This looks so incredibly delicious! I smell a really great Saturday morning breakfast coming up!
My family would be all over this! Can you make it ahead of time and then use it for the week? That would work well for us. Totally delicious!
Yes! My husband cuts it into squares and eats it for a quick breakfast. It isn’t quick as soft and fluffy but still delicious! I slice it into sticks and dip it into syrup!
Talk about the ultimate sweet/savory breakfast!!!! Love the Maple Syrup Topping!