8/22/06 | Ghetto McMuffins
[ Currently Eating: Some Kind Of Cereal ]
After the immensely popular Ghetto Pizza post, I decided to take another trip down ghetto memory lane. Again, I don’t mean ghetto in any derogatory way… like, if you live in or near a sketchy neighborhood I’m not saying this is the only type of food you would eat. In fact, you probably eat much better than me…
Anyhow, welcome to Ghetto McMuffins 101. The idea is to mimic all of those breakfast sandwiches that cost an arm and a leg. Hey, there’s no reason to make your wallet feel so sad in the morning! Make one at home. It takes about 5-10 minutes.
I mentioned latch-key kid food before, and this could also fall into that category. However, it’s a bit more “advanced” since I find it difficult to make egg scrambles in the microwave or toaster (it can be done, however). You’ve gotta use the stove; but it’s still pretty fast:
1 english muffin — $0.25
1-2 eggs — $0.15
1/2 – 1 hotdog — $0.12
1 slice cheese, optional — $0.10
Cut the english muffin in half and put it in the toaster set for extra crispy. Meanwhile, beat the egg(s) lightly in a small bowl. Throw in pepper if you like. Cut up the hotdog into chunks. Get a medium fire under a small (8-9 inch is fine) non stick omelette pan going. At some point you might want to put a bit of oil in the pan but I find I can avoid it for non-stick.
Cook the hot dogs until slightly browned. Distribute them across the bottom of the pan and pour in the egg(s). Lower the fire. Stir a bit with a spatula. Let it set up a bit, a few minutes. You can cover it to speed it along.
When the top is nearly cooked, get a rubber spatula and cut the scramble down the middle. Here, you can insert a slice of cheese or whatever you want on each semi-circle. Fold the egg semi-circle over so it’s a quarter-circle.
Put each quarter-circle on a toasted english muffin half. This makes 2 open face McMuffins, or close it up for a gigantic McMuffin.
Before we go into how good it tastes and how fast it is, I’ll just say that I don’t eat this every day. More like once a month. Still, no matter how bad it is, it’s still cheaper and probably better for you than getting it in the drive-thru.
I’ve made a version with a breakfast sausage-like patty before instead of hotdogs in the middle that tastes more like a Sausage McMuffin. You take either raw breakfast or italian sausage, remove the casings and then form a patty out of it. Fry that up and make an egg scramble like above minus the dogs.
I sometimes put the cheese in it, and other times not. Omitting cheese cuts the price by a dime or so. This is basically a Moveable Omelette and is great for people on the go. As McDonalds, Burger King and Carl’s Junior have found out.
I like to use the English Muffins for it, but you can get away with normal bread as well. English Muffins are a bit expensive as well, which is a bit of a bummer. So bread might be the way to go for truly Cheap Eats. You can also throw in any other ingredients into the egg scramble. Mushrooms, onions, zucchini, spinach, tomatoes. Old socks. Actually, stay away from putting old socks in the omelette. That doesn’t taste very good.
The quantity of hot dog can be cut down, or eliminated completely. I find that 1/2 hot dog is plenty for me actually. You could also use cut up chunks of ham, turkey lunch meat or chicken breast meat instead.
The way I cook it, the egg scramble is going to be a bit more “rubbery” than your average omelette (yes, I’ve seen that guy on TV who flash-cooks omelettes in 30 seconds). But I sort of like my eggs less fluffy. You’ll have to adjust the method if you like your eggs less solid. Oh, and you probably want to throw some butter in for good measure.
Ghetto McMuffins rank up there with Ghetto Pizza as a great once-in-awhile treat to make in the morning that’s fast and cheap. It does dirty up a pan, though it’s not so bad if you use non-stick. And the great thing is you can control what you want to put in it.
Cheap Eats Score: 8/10