A Breakfast Solution {Recipe: Sausage and Cheese on Homemade English Muffins}

I have a confession to make. I Love, with a capital L, Sausage Cheese McMuffins from McDonald’s.

I blame it on Leah. This love began when I was pregnant with her. I couldn’t stomach meat of any kind, but for some reason craved Sausage Cheese McMuffins like they were going out of style. It was probably a good thing McDonald’s only had a short time window for breakfast, or I’d have a perpetual spot in their drive thru.

Pregnancy came and went but my craving for the Sausage Cheese McMuffins stuck around. Seriously, isn’t it a perfect little breakfast idea? Hand held, with sausage and cheese (a breakfast combo of champions) and super tasty.

I hate giving up money to McDonald’s though, especially when I know I can make something better at home. Enter Homemade English Muffins, made simple in the bread machine. Seriously, friends… I took one bite and wanted to kick myself for not making these at home sooner. You can’t get ANYTHING close to these at the super market. If you can, I sure haven’t found them on any of my store shelves.

So, here you have it…breakfast, lunch or dinner right here, in your own kitchen, with your very own Sausage and Cheese on Homemade English Muffins. Enjoy!

All this talk of sausage makes me think of my favorite Kansas Pork Farmers and the awesome tailgate giveaway the Kansas Pork Association has going on right now! You have until September 26th, 2012 to head over to the KSPA Facebook page for a really great tailgating giveaway they have going on right now! This $800 giveaway includes (4) tickets to the KSU vs KU football game, a Weber Q 300 grill, 4 fold-able lawn chairs, a Coleman cooler, grilling utensil set, digital probe thermometer, digital pocket thermometer, marinade injector, rib rack, 6 different types of rub, 2 types of BBQ sauces, a ton of other stuff and $50 worth of pork coupons.This is one game they won’t want to miss!

Homemade English Muffins for the Bread Machine
Homemade English Muffins for the Bread Machine. Recipe from Food.com For the Sausage and Cheese "McMuffin", simply toast and butter a sliced English Muffin, top with one pork sausage patty and a slice of Cheddar or American cheese.
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons dry yeast (I recommend Red Star Yeast)
  • cornmeal
  1. Place ingredients except the cornmeal in your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Choose the dough cycle setting and start.
  3. Once dough cycle is complete, dump out the dough onto a surface with a light coating of cornmeal. (Dough will be somewhat wet...that's good!)
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of cornmeal onto each side of the dough.
  5. Using your hands, flatten out the dough into a 1 inch thick rectangle.
  6. Cut into 8 to 10 rounds.
  7. Place rounds onto a cookie sheet, cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
  8. Heat a griddle to 350°F. Place dough rounds onto hot griddle and cook for 7 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  9. Note: Once flipped you'll notice they've puffed up some... I used a spatula and slightly flattened them)

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  1. says

    Ohmygosh! I made these tonight along with fried eggs + ham (breakfast for dinner). HUGE hit! My hubby even wants me to make some b-fast sandwiches to freeze, so he can take them to work in the mornings. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe! 😀

  2. TjNurse93 says

    Just wanted to let you know I have made this recipe more times than I can count. Usually it is a weekly thing. I could not possibly buy another English Muffin after making these so easily and they taste so much better. I wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe. My bread machine is not working so hot lately, so I will soon try to make these by hand and since I know it is possible to do in a machine, I should be able to manage this too! Anyway, Thanks!!!

      • TjNurse93 says

        I did try these by hand and they turned out great. Now I am wondering about using some wheat flour in them. Have you tried using whole wheat flour to make these?

        • says

          I bet they’d totally work – or maybe start out with half and half and see how it goes? School is starting up in a couple weeks and I need to start making these again too!

          • TjNurse93 says

            Hello Kristen, I just wanted to let you know that I tried making these with whole wheat flour and even though they turned out, my husband said they weren’t as good and even though he loves the wheat breads, etc, he likes your original recipe better!
            For those wanting to try this in wheat, I used 2 cups of AP flour and 7/8 cup of whole wheat flour (1 cup minus 2 T), and I added 1 T of milk during the kneading because it was pretty dry. The rising was good and the grilling was same as always.
            We are trying to incorporate a healthier diet, but I will just stick with your original recipe that we have been making and sharing with others.
            Anyway, thanks again!

  3. Lynn says

    Hi Kristen, I am from Singapore so I would like to ask if the cornmeal used in this recipe is yellow or white cornmeal? Sorry, it is my first time trying this so I have no idea.. Thank you! ^^

    • says

      Hi Lynn – I had no idea there were differences! Thanks for the question. It is yellow corn meal (but I imagine either will do as it’s main purpose is to keep the dough from really sticking .
      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      • Lynn says

        Thank you for your prompt reply. I see! Okay, will try out soon! Yours look really gooooood! Thank you so much for your help, Kristen! <3


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