Friends always found it strange that I could be so into my food yet love McDonalds. To me it didn't seem strange as those muffins tasted damn good but others thought I must have some kind of food snobbery to go with my interest. Over the years I've met a lot of food bloggers though and found it's far from uncommon for us to indulge in what some might think of as low-grade food, whether it's a McDonalds or talk of a Chicken Cottage within 10 minutes of eating at one of London's hottest new restaurant openings.
At the end of the day though I think a lot of us who choose to write about food are just, deep-down, gluttons. We plain and simply really enjoy eating. That may lead us, as in my case, to continually search the world's cuisines for something new and tasty but as long as we're eating we're pretty happy, even if it is mass-produced, salt & fat laden and from a huge corporation who lures kids into stores with free toys - all that is forgotten with the taste of porkiness & faint sage with each bite.
You may wonder why you would want to recreate fast food at home but I can think of three reasons:
1) You don't have to go to McDonalds - maybe you don't live 100m from one like I do, maybe you do but you're too hungover to leave the house or maybe you just don't like the place and don't want to give them any money.
2) You get to have a runny yolk in your egg - as much as I love the McDonald's offering, moving from chalky to runny on the yolk can only be a good thing.
3) You can use the leftover patties to knock up biscuits with sausage gravy - if you haven't tried this dish then it's well worth it, especially if you want to eat your weekly fat content in the first meal of the day. Just don't do it too often.
The following recipe is for the sausage, to turn it into a Sausage and Egg Non-McMuffin just buy English muffins, eggs and some cheese slices. You don't have to cook the egg in a chef's ring, or wrap your finished non-McMuffin in a sheet of greaseproof paper, but why do things by halves?
Breakfast Sausage Recipe
Makes 6 patties
500gr pork mince
1 ts salt
3/4 ts black peppercorns
1/2 ts dried sage
1/2 ts dried thyme
1/2 ts chili flakes
1/8 of a nutmeg
1 ts sugar
This couldn't be much simpler, just place everything bar the pork into a mortar and pestle it till the pepper is ground.
Mix into the pork until well combined.
Shape into 6 patties. Grill or fry for 2-3 mins a side.
As I tend to eat 1 or 2 at a time I stack the rest with greaseproof paper between and freeze. Obviously do this before cooking.