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Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffin”

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Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

In honor of Father’s Day, I created this recipe for my Pop. He’s a lifelong fan of breakfast sausage and eggs…and, um, English muffins. But who needs bread when the filling’s the best part?

To make this breakfast sandwich resemble those from a certain fast-food joint (you know: the one with the freaky clown mascot), you’ll need some special equipment—namely, stainless steel biscuit cutters—but if you’ve got ’em, this recipe’s a snap. Plus, you can totally eat these sammies with your hands.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Here’s what you’ll need to make one “McMuffin”:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee, divided (plus more for greasing the biscuit cutters)
  • ¼ pound bulk raw pork breakfast sausage
  • 2 large eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon guacamole (optional)
Here’s what to do:
Grab two stainless steel 3½-inch biscuit cutters, and grease the insides well with melted ghee. Place one cutter on a plate and fill it with the sausage meat. (You can also easily make your own bulk breakfast sausage. Here’s Jen Cereghino’s recipe. I also have a Maple Breakfast Sausage recipe in my forthcoming cookbook.)

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

(If you don’t have bulk sausage handy, just cook up some bacon. I just Instagrammed a photo of a Bacon Egg “McMuffin” this morning—and if you’re not already food-stalking me on Instagram, you really should.)

Gently press the meat down to uniformly shape a sausage patty.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of ghee. When the fat is shimmering, add the patty to the pan. If you really want the patty to keep its perfectly round shape, you can keep the mold on until the cooked patty shrinks away from the sides.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Clean the biscuit cutter and grease it again.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Fry the sausage about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.

If your patty’s thick, you may need to cover the pan to make sure it’s cooked through. Once the patty’s ready, transfer it to a plate.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Now, onward to the eggy “buns”…

Grab two small bowls and crack one egg into each.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Pierce the yolks with a fork.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat with the remaining tablespoon of ghee. (Make sure you’ve got a tight-fitting lid for this skillet.)

When the ghee’s shimmering, place the two greased biscuit cutters in the pan…

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and pour an egg into each mold.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Season the eggs with salt and pepper to taste.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Add ¼ cup water to the skillet (outside of the egg molds), making sure not to splash the eggs.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Turn down the heat to low…

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and cover the pan.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Cook the eggs, covered, for about 3 minutes or until cooked through.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Transfer the eggs to a paper-towel lined plate. One easy way to do this is to slide a spatula under the mold as you tilt it up while wearing a heat-resistant glove.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Assemble the faux-“McMuffin” by sandwiching the sausage patty in between the two egg rounds.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

If you’re feeling old-school, you can eat the sammie as-is…

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…or wake up your palate with a squiggle of sriracha.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

But my favorite addition to this breakfast burger? A big dollop of homemade guacamole.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Once you’ve gussied up your “McMuffin,” pick it up and chow down!

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Sorry, Dad—I ate this one. I’ll make you another.

Happy Father’s Day!


Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).