Homemade "McDonald’s" Breakfast

As much I would like to deny it, I haven’t always had breakfast ready for my husband!  When he is on day shift, he wakes at 4am and is out the door usually by 5am.  I have his lunch and dinner packed the night before, but it’s been a struggle for me to get breakfasts ready for him.

So, receipts from McDonald’s appeared… “egg cheese biscuit”, “sausage egg biscuit”, etc.  Starting my research, I asked Dave if there was any special sauce on them and he said there was none – it was just a biscuit with a plain egg and cheese (and sausage or bacon).  I was actually ashamed that my husband was having to pay over $2 for each of these things that I could make for pennies at home.

So one evening I whipped up a quarter recipe of my easy biscuits and popped four huge biscuits in the oven.  While they were baking, I came up with an idea for making perfectly round fried eggs.


I hunted around in my kitchen drawers for a mold and found my wide-mouth canning lids.   They worked perfectly for cooking the eggs on my cast-iron griddle.  A few lessons I learned were to grease the sides of the rings, and use a hot pad when initially pressing down the lid so the egg doesn’t leak out.  You can see my learning curve in the picture above. 🙂  After the bottom of the egg had cooked enough, I broke the yolk and took off the lids just before I flipped the eggs to finish the other side.  A generous slice of cheese melted on the eggs while I took the biscuits out of the oven.  (And because I am who I am, I actually used the canning ring as a guide to trim the biscuits to fit the eggs…)

I put 2 in the refrigerator for his breakfast the next morning, and 2 in the freezer.  My husband reported that the flavor was excellent,  and the biscuit was very filling (he could only eat one!)  These heat up nicely in a microwave if he wants them warm.  It will be so easy to add a slice of bacon or a sausage patty to these.  I plan to teach some of my cooking students – my children – to make these in bulk and freeze.

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13 comments to Homemade "McDonald’s" Breakfast

  • Great idea, my husband would love these. Thanks.

    I forgot Frugal Friday, going to go hunt up a post right now. 🙂

  • Ann

    I have tried this too and we love this idea but when taking them out of the freezer and cooking them in the microwave I’ve found that the cheese melts too much and is a mess while the inside is still frozen. I was thinking about adding the cheese after reheating. Also, ham is messier than bacon because of the water content in the ham.

  • I can’t seem to view your pics, but it sounds like an awesome idea, especially for using the lids for round eggs.

    Thanks for sharing this.


    Stop by and visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal!

  • Fabulous! I’m sure your husband feels very loved!

  • Suz

    This is something I’ve done for a long time… like the idea of the canning rings though, that’s a new one.

    I’m not often a baker, so I often use English Muffins like McDonalds uses as well. Great for on the run!

  • Suz

    Better for you too!.. 🙂

  • I make Homemade Breakfast Burritos for my husband. I add scrambled eggs, sausage, shredded cheese and salsa to a tortilla; roll it up tight and wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. My husband now has a homemade breakfast and I don’t even have to be awake!! LOL (these also make a good lunch with some chips & salsa)

  • I love to eat these, but I’ve not had much luck with cooking my eggs ahead & refrigerating (or freezing, I guess). They always seem rubbery – maybe I’m just fussy, though. :>) Don’t think I could make it up at 4 AM to cook my beloved some breakfast either, though!!

  • What a great idea!! Cooking eggs in canning lids!!

  • I have done this many times…We just make an extra batch of biscuits and sausage on Saturday (our biscuit breakfast day) and I scramble 8 eggs, add a little milk and put them in a greased casserole dish and place in the oven at 350 and bake until set. Then I just slice the eggs like brownies into however many pieces I need and add them to the biscuits and sausage. I do put a little butter on the biscuit and dh thinks they are a little dry otherwise.

  • Just found your site. I am a mom to 10 children. Love reading about other large families.

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