2 Minute English Muffin Breakfast – I Want To Raise My Kids In A Barn!


2 Minute English Muffin BreakfastI want to live in a barn. I always have. Don’t get my wrong, I dearly love Bountiful (and have already dug in my heels and hung my heart on the wall ), but I have this dream of finding an old barn and completely remodeling it into a big old house, with heavy oak beams and polished wood floors. The outside would have to be red, barn red to be exact, and I’d likely have someone paint “SEE ROCK CITY” on one side of the roof as a nod to where I’m from. I’d have a big old southern style front porch going all the way around it with white railings and rocking chairs, lush green ferns hanging at regular intervals.

I’d have the original doors fashioned into sliding ones and paint their little support beams a contrasting white. We’d fix a new door on the sides, traditionally sized with a screen that had a wooden frame and spring so it would bang a few times whenever anyone shut it.

Of course, it would have to be atop a hill so that the sun hit it just right every morning and silhouetted it against the sky. And it would have to be int he South, because I can’t leave my homeland and I want the grass to be always green for my little view atop the hill.

Just think of the fun we’d have, especially the kids. Living and growing up in a house that echoes. With walls the color honey wood and real clocks with real pendulums that tick-tock tick-tock. We’d have to fashion several windows because I have found that my level of happiness is directly related to how much sunshine I get on any given day, and I want the house to be lit with as much natural light as possible.

I’d put my great grandmother’s chair right there in the lving room and drape her woolen plaid blanket over the back just as it was when she was alive. Beside it I’d set a large basket filled with embroidery supplies and a mason jar of candy corn just like my Grandaddy always had by his chair to offer to  kids who peered over his shoulder to see what he was up to.

The yard would be even, with the perfect slope atop that hill for rolling down. Kids would find it irresistible to run in and I’m sure I’d join in as well from time to time. Each window would have to have a window box, filled with daffodils in the springtime, geraniums in the summer, and pinecones that we collect for the winter time and would use to help start fires in the massive stone fireplace in the center of it all.

I could finally have those chickens I have always wanted and we’d have at least two more cats along with a friendly old lab who’d thump his tail against the porch railing every time someone came near him and dive after rocks folks threw in the pond for sport.

Just think of how much my children could get away with when they grew up. No matter what they did, they could always fall back on the excuse of “Hey, I was raised in a barn!”.

Today I’m bringing you a hearty breakfast that is no muss, no fuss and made in a jiff. Folks, did you see that gorgeous pic up there? That was made in the microwave. Seriously. No skillets to clean, no muffin pans or baking sheets to wash. Get you a plate and have breakfast in under two minutes flat.  I try to start my day off with protein rather than carbs and this is a great way to do it. In case any of you aren’t morning people (I am soooooooo a morning person – but married to the opposite) it might encourage you to know that you can also make it , start to finish, with one eye still closed.

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You’ll need: An egg*, slice of cheese, slice of lunch meat ham, and a english muffin.

*Small eggs work best

Here is where you can go crazy with the healthy stuff if you’re so inclined. They have high fiber muffins, low fat cheese, lean lunch meat, and nowadays they have eggs genetically engineered to do just about anything so just go shopping and knock yourself out.

Me? I just use what we have on hand and my only preference for eggs is that whatever laid it clucks of its own accord.

Another cool thing about these ingredients is that if you buy them just for this, when you run out of English muffins you got the makings for a nice little sandwich.

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Slice open that English muffin.

If you want, you can toast it. I like to toast mine but its a toss up on any given day whether or not I’ll go to the trouble.

I think it depends on how long before the coffee is gonna be done :)

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I am somewhat in between toasters right now so I just stick mine under the broiler for a few minutes.

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Here is the careful part. Crack open your egg onto one of the english muffin halves.

NOTE: You can also cook your egg in a microwave safe 8 ounce ramekin and then place the cooked egg on your english muffin.

Try not to let it run over but if it does, don’t sweat because it is no big deal. It’ll just cook on the plate alongside the muffin and when you’re done you can scoop it back up onto your muffin with a spoon. I was just realllly being careful for this tutorial but normally – blah! Crack the egg and don’t fret.

Now take the other half off the plate and microwave the half with the egg on it for about a minute. Keep an eye on it because each microwave will be slightly different. It will puff up a bit but should be done in 45 seconds to one minute.

Note: I use the smallest egg I have on these to help keep so much from spilling over onto the plate.

Some of y’all have wisely suggested pricking the yolk with a fork. While I don’t do this, because I’m such a wild child and all of that, its a good idea for you to to help vent the egg a bit.

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Then I like to put a dash of salt and pepper on mine.

Now this egg will be hard cooked, not runny in the middle, just so ya know – And it won’t taste at all like it was cooked in the microwave.

I’m trying to think of a cute little jingle about eggs to sing here but drawing a blank…

ooh! ooh! I got one!!

~clears her throat and begins to sing~

I love eggs!

from my head down to my legs!

Ooooh you’re gonna love it

the incredible, edible egg!


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Okay so that’s cooked, put a piece of ham on it (or whatever critter you prefer to use)

Last week I told this entire long winded story to Katy about how we didn’t have chicken nuggets growing up and whenever we wanted chicken nuggets we’d have to go in the back yard and hunt squirrels with bb guns and then Mama would cook the squirrels so that they looked like chicken nuggets and we’d pretend…

It was just one of those fifty thousand question sessions five year olds like to spring on you that sometimes go wrong. Haven’t decided when I’m going to tell her I was kidding about it yet… We were in the sun room a while ago and a squirrel clamored up onto the deck. I saw her cast this wide eyed look of expectancy towards me. Like she thought I was about to go into some mad hunting frenzy.


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Top with piece of cheese and other half.

Nuke that again just until the cheese melts, about twenty to thirty seconds (again, depending on power of your microwave)

Enjoy you breakfast (or lunch!)

2 Minute English Muffin Breakfast
  • Slice Cheese
  • Slice ham
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Slice muffin open. Toast if you’d like.
  2. Place one half of muffin on microwave safe plate and gently crack egg open onto it.
  3. Microwave for forty five seconds to one minute, or until done.
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper over egg to taste. Add ham and cheese slice and replace top.
  5. Microwave another ten to twenty seconds, just until cheese melts.

The recipe that is not shared with others will soon be forgotten,

but when it is shared, it will be enjoyed by future generations.

Submitted by Tina. I feel very strongly about this, thank you so much, Tina. What an honor it is to be when someone asks for a recipe. Please share yours with your family. I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve gotten from folks saying someone passed away and their recipes went with them. If you love somebody enough to cook it for them, love them enough to share the recipe as well. :) Submit your quote here.

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  1. JulieVK says

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet…but I will! My comment at this point is soley on your plates. They made me smile and cry a little. All of my childhood and into my early 20s my grandmother had the very same corelle that was eventually passed on to me and I passed on to another, in favor of my own set of plain white. Seeing it again made me think of her and how many recipes she taught me during her life. Thanks for the smile! :)

  2. nancy arena says

    I have always dreamed of living in a barn. mine would be in the west. :)
    I don’t cook but even I can make this simple and Delicious breakfast.
    thanks for all the great ideas. :)

  3. Rebecca P says

    I have tweaked this recipe a bit. I always toast my English muffin. I need it to be a little bit warm and a touch crisp, but that is just me. The thing I do differently is to put the egg in a small Pyrex cup for cooking in the microwave. I couldn’t stand the egg falling off the muffin. Mine never even came close to staying on the thing. The cup works perfectly. It takes about 35 seconds in my microwave to cook the egg and it just pops right out of the cup and looks perfect. I also buy precooked sausage patties in the freezer section of the store. They take about a minute to heat up.

    Here is what I do:

    I put the English muffin in the toaster oven, heat the sausage for a minute, place a piece of cheese on top of the hot sausage, cook the egg, and by the time the egg is done, my English muffin is done. I assemble and grab my coffee.

    I guess my version is more of a 3 minute breakfast. My kids love them and eat them all the time. They aren’t just for breakfast. We buy our English muffins at the wholesale club because we go through the so.


  4. Stacey says

    LOVE this sandwich! Also LOVE to eat squirrel! My Granny made it the exact same why you desribed because they looked like chicken nuggets! Haven’t had any squirrel since my PawPaw died.

  5. Vicki says

    I tried this but next time I will have to cook the egg seperately because it made the bread to hard cooking it in the microwave, but it was yummy!!! and , i actually got the egg onto the muffin!! thanks!

  6. Beth says

    Christy, I make a dozen of these at a time and then freeze them until I’m ready for them. I spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, crack an egg into each well, a little salt and pepper, then bake in a 350 oven until done. Then I build each sandwich and wrap individually with plastic wrap then put those in a gallon freezer bag. Then pull one out and zap it in the microwave when you need it! I’ve found that it works best if you let it thaw in the fridge before you nuke it, because the cheese will melt away before the egg is done. Or, you could leave the cheese off entirely when you build them, and just put it in your sandwich after you’ve microwaved it. Whatever flips your skirt up. 😉

  7. Connie Bolick Lee says

    Your comments about barn living goes nicely with a bed and breakfast we have in our area. If you ever happen to be traveling in eastern N.C. near Greenville or Williamston area, be sure to spend the night at the Big Mill Bed and Breakfast. It is a made over packhouse or barn into very nice rooms and is out in the country, I think you would love it. If you want to check it out the address is http://www.bigmill.com I’m not advertising, I just thought you might enjoy looking it over.

  8. says

    Hi Christy, Happy Valentine’s Day! Good Morning. Saw your post today. The 2 minute Egg sandwich was delicious; I made mine by toasting the bread and used Oat Nut bread, and shredded cheddar cheese., Seasoned with Lite salt and lemon -pepper seasoning, Yum!!!
    I still have my grandmother’s rocking chair, it is not wooden, it has a cushion and padded arm rests; sadly I don’t sit in it – it is used for my plastic box of winter scarves and hats. Been meaning to buy a chest of drawers for the living room entry for five years since we moved here; Why , why do we hesitate from buying the things we need. Then, I could sit in my grandmother’s chair and rock like I did when living in my apartment.
    Love your dream of living in a Barn. How wonderful it would be to right now, live in a house with a big porch and sit outside on rocking chairs.

  9. Lori H says

    Oh My Word…….I made one of these this morning (which is an accomplishment for me) and it was SO yummy!!

    I put the egg in a small glass bowl to cook it in the microwave ‘cuz there was NO WAY I was trusting myself to actually put the egg ON the muffin. (Note to other newbie cookers out there….I guess I should’ve sprayed the bowl with cooking spray for easier removal…lol!)

    I do have 2 questions….Is there any way to prevent the egg from exploding all over the microwave while it’s cooking? (Okay, it wasn’t ALL over the microwave, but it did pop a lot and I will be cleaning off one of the sides and the top of said microwave.) Also, Is it okay to mix the egg up a bit instead of just pricking the yolk? My yolk was really concentrated in one spot and those couple of bites were kinda dry.

    Thanks for this recipe and easy-to-follow instructions…..I will definitely be making this again!!

    • Denise says

      I put a paper towel over the bowl and it kept the egg from spattering. I am sure if you mix it up a bit it will be fine. I have made scrambled eggs in the microwave and they are great! I used the ramekins, too, and the cooking spray makes it just slide right out! :)

  10. Sandy says

    What a nifty idea to cook the egg right on top of the muffin! I’m gonna go get the ingredients to make these today. Oh, and BTW, you forgot the muffin on the ZipList ingredients list

  11. Joan says

    The story you told Katy kind of reminds me of one I told my youngest grandaughter several years ago. She was complaining about only having something like 5-7 pairs of jeans and they weren’t even new, bought at a thrift store, and all the chores she had to do. Well I told her nobody needs more than three pairs of jeans unless they are the real fancy ones that people can tell if you wear them more than once a week. Then I told her when I was 8-10 years old I was washing my baby sister’s diapers and making their Carnation milk formula. It absolutely floored her about washing diapers and making formula. Then I told her about milking cows, slopping hogs, gathering eggs and walking the bloat off sheep. As the oldest of four the only outdoor job that I had to do was help walk the bloat off those wonderful, stupid sheep. My main job was to take care of my two little sisters because our mother was helping with the chores and in the fields. Oh the good old days. That story still hasn’t stopped that grandaugher from complaining about anything and everything. lol

  12. savannah says

    My elders used to sing this to us ” I had a Lil chicken and it wouldn’t lay an egg, so i poured hot water up an down his leg, tha Lil chicken hollered and tha Lil chicken begged, tha Lil chicken laid me a hard boiled egg” I have never commented before but i look at your site often, my family has loved everything we have ever made from your recipes I’m originally from Al moved to ny with my husband, for years I have regretted not paying closer attention to my nana (who raised me) in the kitchen I couldn’t even do cornbread which we had with every meal, and one day I stumbled across your site and everything she made I’ve found here i have searched for a peanut butter icing recipe like she made every year on my b-day and could never find anything like it and you have it it turns out perfect like hers and of course nobody in ny cooks anything like we do in tha south most things I’ve asked about noone knows what I’m talking about, thank u for all the good food and a laugh just when we need it

  13. Guenevere says

    I JUST dropped a bundle for a bunch of those Jimmy Dean breakfast muffin sandwiches as my desperation back-up breakfasts for those school mornings approaching soon (we start August 13…UGH). Will not buy any more! These look fabulous!

  14. Ginger says

    I make these often as an alternative to the fast food version (which gets pricey). I am not an egg eater, but I will have to share with my teens about cooking the egg part in the microwave- I’m sure they will love it!

    Also, its nice to know I’m not the only one between toasters at the moment. They sure don’t seem to make them like they used to!

  15. Erica Marie says

    It’s 8:30 at night and I am scrambling to find something for my son before his first day of High School tomorrow… so I gave it a shot… WONDERFUL! I made it on regular toast because it was what I had on hand.. and this was amazing…. can’t wait to make it again in the morning. :) One for him and one for me!

  16. Karen from AL via TN says

    Am late trying this, but made it this morning. It was MAGIC. Not only was it quick and delicious,and Voila, breakfast! It also seemed magic as we watched the clear part of the egg turn white. Both fun and yummy!

  17. Norma Hunt says


    I love your recipes and I love the comments you make as you tell us how to make them. About the barn – you need to read the book “A Barn In New England” by Joseph Monninger. It’s about turning a barn into a home and it is delightful. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that he ended the book before the barn was totally finished. I wanted More! Maybe the book will help satisfy your longing to live in a barn.

  18. Christine says

    I can’t believe how fast, easy, and good this breakfast is!!

    But Christy, I also want to say thank you so much for this website. I’ve been a member for over a year now and every day I look forward to your posts. I don’t know how I would go on with my days without this site. It has everything; inspirational quotes, stories (lots!), contests to enter, products to buy, tons of southern recipes, humor, new ideas, you can even meet people through your site. You have built an amazing website and have written wonderful books! Thank you so much for your talent.

    On that note, I wanted to ask you if you had a recipe for a “Vinegar Pie”? I ask b/c back in August I was at a church picnic and I was talking to this lady who was in her late 70s and she was telling me a story about how her mom used to bake her vinegar pies. She told me that back in the depression time in the Midwest (where she is from) women would make vinegar pies because fruit wasn’t as readily available to them and these pies were still very sweet. Ever since this women told me her story I have been wanting to make a Vinegar Pie. I just can not find a recipe for it. I am hoping that you have one.

    Thank you,

  19. Sandy says

    I make these all the time and freeze. The only difference is I “fry” the egg hard, using an empty, clean tuna can as a mold. It’s the same size as an English muffin. Then, Canadian Bacon and a slice of cheese. Wrap tightly in saran wrap and throw in a freezer bag. I usually make up about 2 dozen at a time. Takes a little time to make them all, but just a minute to reheat in the microwave for breakfast.

  20. Alicia says

    Christie, I could picture, the image just as clear as a bell, that red barn house on a green hill. You sure do make me smile, girl. I read a lot of blogs, and many don’t engage my attention for very long, but your blog must strike something deep within my soul. Happy 2013 to you and your growing family, and we wish you continued success and good health. I’m gonna go try making this sandwich now..

  21. Ellen says

    To echo a comment some others have made; my mamaw had those plates!! Seeing them did make me smile, and wonder where I might be able to find some. lol

    I was skeptical about this recipe, mostly due to microwaving the egg, but you’re southern so I trusted you and tried it anyway. It turned out delicious. I added some broccoli florets and onion because I try to throw veggies on everything I can, and dipped it in Texas Pete. Made an awesome brunch, I could see how it’d be delicious with leftover baked chicken as well.

  22. Denise says

    I have had the ingredients to make these for a while and kept forgetting. We are coming off all of the heavy Christmas breakfast casseroles and homemade cinnamon rolls so I wanted something lighter and quick. Made my husband and myself one just now and they were MUCH better than the fast food ones!!! Healthier, too, because they are not fried.
    I cooked each egg in a ramekin in the microwave for 1 minute while I toasted the muffin and heated the canadian bacon in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Slapped a piece of cheese on it, put it on a Chrismas plate, added a cup of coffee and loved it!! Thank you for sharing tthe recipe! This will be eaten gon busy weekday mornings, too! Happy, blessed 2014!

  23. Tobi says

    First, I agree that living in a barn would be the best ever! Secondly, I think this just might be a life changer, it never occurred to me to cook the egg right on the English muffin. I might try it on a biscuit as well. Thanks again!

  24. Isaac says

    im teen i guees you can say i made this first time and it was great the only thing i messed up on was that the ham i used was cold i did not have anything else like turkey or sausage. But it still was great!


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