Bacon, Egg and Cheddar English Muffin Panini

by on March 5, 2013

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There’s not a lot you can do to improve on a classic bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich on an English muffin. It’s pretty perfect, if you ask me – a savory, handheld meal in itself. My vacation breakfast go-to, for sure.

I did come up with an improvement, though…

English Muffin Bread

Have you heard of English muffin toasting bread? It’s bread that you can slice and toast to reveal nooks and crannies just like an English muffin. I’ve been hearing about it for years, and I finally baked a loaf myself this weekend (following a straightforward recipe from King Arthur Flour). It’s fantastic! The coarse texture makes it perfect for toasting. And if a bread is great for toasting…you know it’s even better for grilling!

The thing with regular English muffins is you only get one crumbly textured side – the inside of the muffin. The outside gets toasted too, but it’s flat and smooth and, well, a little boring. In sliced bread form, there’s no boring side. It’s all nooks and crannies as far as the eye can see (tongue can taste?).

And so we have my new-and-improved Bacon, Egg and Cheddar English Muffin Panini – made even better with sliced English muffin toasting bread. You might be able to find this bread in some bakeries, but it really isn’t all that difficult to bake it yourself (trust me, I’m not a great bread baker and I managed not to mess this one up…too much. :-)). Of course, good old-fashioned English muffins work well on the panini press too – for the best results, I’d suggest choosing muffins that are on the thicker and denser side.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch March 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

What could be better? Oh my word! All my favorites!
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2 Cassie | Bake Your Day March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

This bread looks incredible…I need to make time this week to make some. Love this sandwich!
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3 Kathy March 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

You should, Cassie! I’ll bet you have all the ingredients on hand. :-)

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4 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

All my favorite ingredients, sandwiched into one panini delight! My stomach is growling. No joke. :D
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5 Kevin (Closet Cooking) March 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I could definitely go for one of those for breakfast!
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6 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Yes I have made Englidh Muffin bread, it’s pretty amazing. I have to try and make a gluten-free version!
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7 TidyMom March 6, 2013 at 6:29 am

LOVE this sandwich Kathy – I might need to add them to our dinner menu this week
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8 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 6, 2013 at 7:10 am

Niiiiice! Wish I were munching this right now!
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9 Amy March 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

Oh Kathy Kathy Kathy. This sandwich makes my heart ache. WANT.
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10 Kathy Strahs March 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

I wish I could bring you one, Amy!!

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11 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

I’ve had this bread on my to-bake list for so long… Time to get on it! Love this sandwich! Can’t go wrong with bacon, egg and cheese!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet´s last blog post ..Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Muffins

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12 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste March 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

I could probably eat 4 or 5 of those sandwiches (no exaggeration)! Bacon, eggs AND cheddar? Sign me up!
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13 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

yes pretty please!

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14 Robin Sue March 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hi Kathy,
Just an off question here. Do you ever have trouble with the non-stick topping coming off on your presses. My Breville is practically new, used about 20 times and the coating is coming off at one tiny spot- only plastic/silicone utensils ever used on it. Just wondering if they have a reputaion to do this?
Thanks!
Robin
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15 Kathy Strahs March 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hi Robin Sue – I’ve never had the nonstick coating come off of my presses, and I definitely put them through the wringer! :-)

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16 Robin Sue March 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thanks Kathy,
We will have to surely nurse this one to make it last. I got it two years ago and only pulled it out recently to use. Practically new but too far from the purchase date to take it back:-/ I got it for half price at the Williams Sonoma outlet and wonder if those grills are 2nd rate? Well we will put it through the wringer until it gets too bad!
Robin
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17 Rachel @ Bakerita March 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

Looks great! Definitely need to try making that bread, and this sandwich!
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18 Tracey March 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

This is such a fun upgrade on the classic bacon, egg and cheese sandwich Kathy!! I saw it first thing this morning on Pinterest and suddenly my yogurt for breakfast seemed so lackluster :)
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19 Kathy Strahs March 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Lol – I had yogurt for breakfast today too, Tracey. :-)

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20 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm

English muffing toasting bread?! That’s a first for me! Looks super tasty :) I love making a similar sammich with sourdough.
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21 Carolyn March 7, 2013 at 5:15 am

Perfect breakfast sandwich! Or dinner!
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22 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies March 7, 2013 at 8:51 am

No, I’ve never heard of English muffin toasting bread! But I am intrigued. :)
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23 StaceyN March 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

I love the bread idea istead of English muffins. I have been using my panini press lately for breakfast sandwhiches, but I have a HERD to feed (5 boys and a hungry husband), so I have to keep it simpler. I crack about 8 eggs in a heated skillet and toss cooked bacon or sausage crumbles (which I keep pre-made in the freezer) over the top so that they will cook into the top of the egg, then I place it in the oven at about 450 for 5 minutes or so. In the meantime, I heat up my panini press. By the time it is hot, I pull out my skillet, cut the cooked bacon/egg into wedges and place each wedge on a half muffin with cheese in the panini press. I top with a little more cheese and another muffin and grill for 5 minutes.

I can fit 9 muffin sandwhiches on my Breville, which will fill my family (as long as I make sure there is plenty of fruit and milk to go with it LOL), and it only takes about 10-15 minutes from start to finish and very little clean-up afterwards. I am going to try making the egg wedges the night before next time because mornings are so wild and busy around here.

Can’t wait to try your flat iron steak recipe!!

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24 Jackie March 9, 2013 at 2:14 am

Hi Kathy

How thick did you cut your toasting bread for this recipe.

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25 Kathy Strahs March 9, 2013 at 7:41 am

Hi Jackie – I typically slice bread to 1/3-1/2″ thick.

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26 Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

I like how you think! Love this combination. Except I would leave out the eggs just because I don’t like them. So that leaves me with a cheddar and bacon panini. What could be better?! And I’ve been wanting to make English muffin bread! I eat an English muffin every day so I know I’d love it. :)
Erin @ Texanerin Baking´s last blog post ..Gluten-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

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27 Kathy Strahs March 9, 2013 at 9:51 am

Cheddar and bacon panini are just fine with me! :-)

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28 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies March 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

I have never heard of english muffin bread. I need to try this! This gives me all kinds of ideas, it looks delicious!
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29 Nutmeg Nanny March 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

That bread looks incredible. I love a good panini and you really can’t go wrong when using bacon!
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30 jess June 16, 2013 at 1:31 am

i am 14 years old and i have just atempted to make this for my dads breakfast (fathers day), and cause the instructions were so easy to follow i think i will make this again, and my dad loved this so much, thank you <3

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31 Kathy Strahs June 16, 2013 at 7:20 am

Terrific! How nice of you to make breakfast for your dad!

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