The Best Ham and Egg Breakfast Sandwich (freezer-friendly)

Any hand-held breakfast-on-the-go that can sustain me for over eight hours deserves to be documented on this blog and passed along to you.

As I rushed out the door to the airport last Saturday morning, with a stash of warm ham and egg breakfast sandwiches tucked into my bag, I never imagined we’d be stuck in an airplane on the tarmac for nearly five hours before take-off. We had an 8:15AM departure, and the plan was to enjoy a leisurely lunch during a three-hour layover on our way to the small ski town of Smithers, BC.

But as it turned out, a winter storm had other plans for us, and that cheesy breakfast, eaten on the way to the airport at 6AM, was my last meal until about 4 in the afternoon.

Right now we’re hanging out on the West Coast for a few weeks, spending time with family up in Northern British Columbia. We’ve only just arrived (and are recovering from a trip that was filled with transit complications) but the plan is to cozy up in a ski cabin on Hudson Bay Mountain. We’ll be skiing in the sunshine all day and curling up with a book by the fire during the dark winter evenings.

I’m sure there will be a few more ham and egg breakfast sandwiches, too. Inspired by last week’s Cheesy Leek and Lentil Rolled Omelet with Artichokes these are, without a doubt, the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. And I enjoyed them before I was trapped on a plane for over nine hours…and they had come straight from the freezer.

A few leftover slices of veggie-packed omelet is the perfect filling for a breakfast sandwich, and the fact that it is rolled makes it all the more ideal. There is no waste (some versions cut out rounds of baked egg and leave the scraps behind), and the additional ingredients such as herbs and leeks round out the flavour of the sandwich for a truly memorable meal.

If you were on the fence about making my rolled omelet, the opportunity to have leftovers for these sandwiches should convince you to go ahead.

Whole-wheat english muffins provide the base, but any substantial bread will do – you don’t want it falling apart or getting soggy in the freezer. I had a few slices of leftover cider ham on hand, which was delicious with the egg roulade. You could also use thick-cut bacon, cooked, or your favourite cured, sliced ham.

Lastly I added cheese, and here again you could customize this ingredient to suit your taste – or use up whatever you have in the cheese drawer.

The photo above depicts how I keep my breakfast sandwiches from drying out in the freezer (parchment paper or foil) and getting soggy in the microwave (paper towel). Each one is individually wrapped, labeled and then frozen for future rushed mornings.

A bake in the oven will give you a toastier bun, but the microwave takes about 2 minutes to heat the sandwich right through to the center and that speed is the attraction of this do-ahead, on-the-go meal.


The Best Ham and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
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Serves/Yield: Serves 4
A hearty breakfast sandwich, perfect for prepping in advance and quick meals on the go.
Ingredients
  • 4 whole wheat English muffins
  • 4 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 thick slices ham
  • 4 rounds Cheesy Leek and Lentil Rolled Omelet about 1 inch thick
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
Instructions
  1. Split the English muffins open and arange on a tray. Stir together the mayonnaise and the Dijon mustard; spread evenly on the muffins.
  2. Place a slice of ham on four of the English muffins and top with a piece of rolled omelet. Finish with a slice of cheese and top with the second half of the muffin.
  3. Wrap the sandwich in paper towel and then a large sheet of parchment paper, making sure that it is airtight. If you are freezing these for a month or more, also wrapt them in foil. Freeze solid.
  4. To enjoy, remove foil and place in the centre of a microwave on a microwave safe plate. Heat for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes on medium high. Microwaves may vary.
  5. Carefully unwrap and enjoy hot.

Do you have a favourite breakfast on the go?

Cheesy Leek and Lentil Rolled Omelet with Artichokes

Over the holidays I hosted brunch a few times here on the homestead and today’s recipe was a hit at every gathering.

Serving brunch is my favourite way to pack friends in around the table when it is bitterly cold outside. Danny brews countless pots of French press coffee and I set up a hot cocoa bar for the kids, complete with homemade marshmallows. Everyone is happier in the morning (meaning the younger crowd) and as most of our friends have small children, it makes sense to get together early and wrap up by nap time.

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Noah and I donated some time to a local food bank last week, and I saw first-hand what many people in my community will have to eat over the holidays. Not much, I’m afraid. It is a huge privilege to be able to plan party nibbles, brunch baking, and pot-luck dishes. That is not something I take for granted.

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