Egg, Bacon, Mushroom, and Goat Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches


Having just visited San Diego last fall for our friend Renee’s wedding, I decided to take it easy on the tourist attractions during this trip and instead use my time off from the conference to unwind. I slept in late, ate breakfast while enjoying the amazing views from my hotel balcony, lounged by the pool, did a little shopping in the Gaslamp Quarter, and even caught a movie. But the best part was that I was able to visit with several of my friends who now live in San Diego – Renee, who I’ve known since second grade, and Yaling and Clark, who I went to grad school with in Chicago.

I also had some fabulous food. After my talk on Friday, I went to Osetra Watergrill with several colleagues, where I savored every bite of their tempura-dipped spinach-wrapped tuna. I met Renee and her hubby Max on Saturday at Red Pearl Kitchen, which had excellent cocktails including the Red Pearl, a mix of pomegranate vodka, champagne, cranberry and pineapple juice. We also went to Extraordinary Desserts, which had several cases full of gorgeous treats. I had carrot cake, my absolute favorite (it was one of the cake flavors at our wedding), and it was amazing! Yaling and Clark treated me to dinner at Sushi Ota on Sunday night. Everything was beyond incredible (order the salmon belly!). The right side of my brain is already spinning with new recipe ideas, but today’s recipe is inspired by another place I look forward to going to for breakfast when I travel – McDonald’s.

Yes, McDonald’s! I will admit that I love their Egg and Sausage Biscuit sandwiches but only indulge when I have travel because they have 510 calories and 33g of fat – ouch! I decided to come up with a version I could enjoy anytime that is a bit more nutritious and used some of my favorite ingredients – goat cheese, mushrooms, and turkey bacon.  Now I can look forward to having a yummy breakfast sandwich every weekend!

Egg, Bacon, Mushroom, and Goat Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
Printable Recipe

2 slices turkey bacon
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ounce goat cheese
2 whole wheat English muffins, toasted

Cook bacon in large skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet; drain on paper towel. Cut each strip in half.

Clean out skillet and add olive oil. Saute mushrooms and onions for 5 to 7 minutes over medium high heat or until tender, stirring occasionally.

Spray small skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Whisk eggs, 1 tablespoon milk, and salt, in a small bowl and add to the skillet. Cook until eggs are set on the bottom and bubbly on top. Cut in half and turn eggs over to finish cooking until eggs are set.

Mix remaining 1 tablespoon milk with goat cheese in a small bowl until smooth.

Spread goat cheese mixture on bottom half of the muffins. Top with the mushroom mixture, followed by the eggs and bacon. Cover with top halves of muffins. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition: 313 calories, 14.4g fat, 5.8g fiber, 19.3g protein per serving
Cost: $1.17 per serving

36 Responses to Egg, Bacon, Mushroom, and Goat Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

  1. Great way to make a McDonald Breakfast your own! And I am so very jealous of your “sleeping in”! I cant remember the last time I slept in.

  2. i LOVE breakfast sandwiches :) and with goat cheese and mushrooms?? yummy. i often do a quick one microwaving my eggs, cheese, and some spinach! must mix it up soon :)

  3. I agree with everyone’s sentiments, yours is much better than McDonald’s! Your trip looked great! It must of been nice to have a little down time!

  4. It looks that you had a great time visiting your friends! Your sandwich looks decadent, rich & healthy too! Very tasty looking! Yum, Kerstin!

  5. Wow that breakfast sandwich looks amazing and so gourmet!
    I had no idea that they ones at McDonalds have so much fat. :( That makes me sad.

  6. Looks like you are having an awesome time in your pics, you are so pretty! Good friends, good food, what more could a gal ask for!
    Love the healthied up McD’s breakie.. I have to admit I have a soft spot for a sausage McMuffin, I haven’t tried making my own yet. Great idea!

  7. I’m with you on the McD’s….I totally love it, too, and what’s worse I add cheese (I mean, why does the bacon one have cheese but the sausage doesn’t? Makes no sense!). At any rate, your homemade breakfast sandwich looks great! I love making this kind of stuff at home too but I admit I have never tried goat cheese! Definitely will next time.

  8. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that enjoys McD’s breakfast sandwiches! This version is delicious, but sometimes I just want the real greasy thing :)

    Aww, thanks Natashya, you’re so sweet!

  9. Carrot cake for a wedding! That’s amazing! I really wanted red velvet for my wedding cake, but my mom wasn’t having it – we did end up with it for the rehearsal though. But carrot cake would be amazing!

  10. I am NOT a breakfast person… but I think I would eat this sandwich for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! So good!

    (P.S. if you’re ever back in IA to visit the fam, let me know! We should grab lunch!)

  11. This is a great, healthier twist on the McD’s sandwich! Nowadays anything with turkey bacon is calling my name :) Love your pics of your trip! Can’t wait to see what new recipes were inspired by your travels!

  12. Culinary Wannabe – I got away with the carrot cake because we also had a tier of chocolate :) I completely understand though – my mom insisted on serving baked potatoes with the filet because it’s her favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I like baked pototoes, but the other options were much tastier!

    Molly Jean – How funny, I was just looking at plane tickets to visit over the 4th of July! I would love to have lunch if you’ll be around that weekend :)

  13. Looks like a fabulous time in San Diego! I’m so glad you were able to catch up with your friends. And it looks like you ate super well, too! These breakfast sandwiches not only look great, but I can only imagine how delicious they are. Yum!

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