Raise your hand if you've ever taken a bite out of the middle of a Kraft American Single slice of cheese and peeked through the hole. (Insert picture of me raising my hand here). Raise your hand if you've ever torn your single slice into strips and worn it as a beard. (Insert that same picture of me here...). Raise your hand if you remember opening the wrapper of the single cheese and thinking it was fun. (Ok... am I the only one raising my had here?).
If you are less than 63 years old, then you have grown up with the Kraft American Singles existing in your world whether you indulged in them or not. Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, a real grilled cheese for me included a slice or two (or perhaps 3) of American Cheese which melted into the perfect cheesy consistency.
My son, following in my footsteps, grew up with these cheese slices being one of the few foods he would always eat. Trying to teach him to eat a rainbow of food colors in his monotone world (bread, pasta, chicken, bananas, yogurt and pancakes), he considered Kraft American Cheese Singles his color. Folded into a quesadilla, grilled into a grilled cheese sandwich or simply eaten out of the super fun to open plastic wrapper (I won't go into the time he opened all the wrappers in the cheese drawer just because it was so fun), I could always count on a slice of cheese to go down.
As such, when Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program in combination with Kraft offered to sponsor me to write about our Kraft Singles memories, I jumped at the opportunity as this is an ingredient I can wholeheartedly support. With a decent dose of calcium, 25% of the RDA, and 4 grams of protein, this cheese helped get nutrition into that picky boy.
Now 16 years old and lactose intolerant, my son has gone dairy free. Well, mostly. It is the occasional Egg Cheese Muffin Breakfast Sandwich that spurs him to re-enter the world of dairy. Taking additional lactose pills, the smile on his face still shows sheer pleasure in every bite.
A simple recipe, he prefers his version unadorned and with only the three ingredients... the egg, the cheese and the muffin. We've tried to add extras like bacon, avocado, and tomato, but all have been vetoed in favor of the original version he has enjoyed for some 15 years.
Stepping up my game a little, today's version included not only the original recipe, but homemade English Muffins which turned out to be fairly easy, though a bit lengthy, to make. The bread machine makes easy work of processing the dough and a large drinking glass filled in for my missing muffin cutter. Semolina flour dusted my board and within minutes of rolling out the dough I had muffins working on their second rise and nearly ready to be cooked on the stove top.
Placed on a griddle over medium heat, the muffins puffed as they cooked and were ready to be toasted and turned into Egg Cheese Muffins in a little more than 10 minutes.
Kids everywhere, and every age, still love Kraft Singles and I didn't have to ask twice to have my neighbor kids Maggie and Jack volunteer to be our photo shoot models. My suggestion was, "Play with your cheese.", and I smiled to myself as Miss Maggie's first suggestion was to bite a hole in the middle of the cheese so she could look through it. Some things never change.
Egg Cheese Muffin Breakfast Sandwich
1 English Muffin (we used King Arthur's recipe here)
1 Kraft American Single
Split your English Muffin and toast it. In a small skillet fry your egg, breaking the yolk with the tip of your spatula as soon as you drop the egg into the pan. Or alternatively don't break the yolk, it will just be a bit drippier when you are eating. When the egg is finished, fold it in half and place on top of your prepared muffin, quickly top with a Kraft Single and quickly again top with the other half of the muffin so your cheese will become the perfect "melty" texture. Enjoy!
Ultimate Egg Cheese Muffin Breakfast Sandwich
Same process as above only with 2 slices of cheese. Toast muffin, add 1 slice of cheese on top of the bottom slice, top with the cooked egg and one more slice cheese, again topping quickly with the last piece of muffin to create maximum melting.
"As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program,
I received a coupon for free Kraft Singles and a stipend."