• 4 English muffins , split in half shopping list
  • 4 ounces sliced roast beef shopping list
  • 4 large eggs shopping list
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter shopping list
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese shopping list
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce , either store-bought or homemade (see related recipe) shopping list
  • 1. Adjust one oven rack to the middle position and a second rack 6 inches from the broiler element. Heat the broiler. Arrange the English muffins on a baking sheet, split-side up, and toast under the broiler for 2 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Set the oven to 200 degrees and move the muffins to the middle rack to keep warm. shopping list
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook the beef in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until well browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate, cover with foil, and keep warm in the oven. shopping list
  • 3. Wipe the skillet clean and return it to the lowest possible heat. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into two small bowls (2 eggs in each bowl). Add the butter to the hot skillet and melt, swirling to coat the pan. Add the eggs to the pan simultaneously so that all four eggs will be done at the same time. Sprinkle the eggs with salt and pepper, cover, and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes. Check the eggs and, if necessary, continue to cook, covered, until the eggs have cooked through as desired, up to 3 minutes longer. Remove the pan from the heat and quickly assemble the sandwiches by layering the fried eggs, cheese, beef, and barbecue sauce between the toasted muffin halves. shopping list

How to make it

  • Some recipes are so simple that they don’t seem to need a recipe. The fried egg sandwich is a case in point. Isn’t it just a fried egg and breakfast meat sandwiched between pieces of toast? Yes and no--a lot can go wrong with those simple components. We wanted to make the perfect fried egg sandwich. Here’s what we discovered:
  • Cook the beef briefly before cooking the eggs. The meat can be kept warm more easily than the eggs.
  • To fry the eggs, use a nonstick skillet and preheat it for five minutes over low heat so that it is evenly heated.
  • Crack the eggs into two bowls and then slide the eggs into the pan simultaneously. With this method, there’s little risk of the yolks cracking and the eggs will cook evenly and be done at the same time.
  • Toast English muffins (our preference, although you can use bread, biscuits, or bagels) under the broiler so that they can all be cooked--and ready--at the same time.
  • Keep the English muffins and meat warm in the oven while the eggs cook to ensure that the sandwich is warm through and through.

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