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How to Make Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Making freezer-friendly breakfast sandwiches has saved Jimmy and I a lot of time and mental energy in the morning.

Egg and ham english muffin breakfast sandwiches

I usually prep a big batch two times a month and it makes our mornings a breeze. Here’s how I do it!

Ingredients
12 English muffins
12 eggs
12 slices cheddar cheese
12 slices deli ham

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and split the English muffins. Line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper. Lay the English muffins out in the cookie sheets and bake for about five minutes, or until toasted to your desired level of doneness.

English muffins

2. While the English muffins are in the oven, begin frying a few eggs at a time. I usually crack two or three into a frying pan coated with cooking spray and heated to medium. Cook the eggs to your desired level of doneness and lay one on the bottom half of each English muffin. Repeat with the remaining eggs.

Egg and ham english muffin breakfast sandwiches

3. Place a slice of ham on top of each egg, and then add a slice of cheese on top of the ham.

Egg and ham english muffin breakfast sandwichesEgg and ham english muffin breakfast sandwiches

4. Top the English muffins with the other half of each and wrap individually in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and put in a freezer safe gallon bag. To defrost, pull one or more sandwiches out the night before you need them and reheat in the microwave or oven. Enjoy!

Egg and ham english muffin breakfast sandwiches

Egg and ham english muffin breakfast sandwiches

Variations
-Sometimes I wrap Pillsbury crescent rolls around a cooked sausage link and slice of cheese and bake is directed on the package.
-Everything bagels with bacon, pepper jack cheese, and eggs are great.
-Jimmy also enjoys biscuits with either eggs, ham, or bacon.
-A tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, and diced peppers is a simple breakfast burrito.

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How to Make Freezer Lunch Sandwiches

I mentioned in a previous post that I prep Jimmy’s breakfasts and lunches in advance and freeze them. I had a lot of interest in how I do this, so I’m here to describe the process for lunches!

Honestly, I never knew sandwiches could be frozen, but I just went for it one day and hoped for the best. Jimmy tells me he really enjoys his breakfasts and lunches, so it’s a win-win situation because having these meals made in advance has made our lives so much easier!

Everything bagel sandwiches

For lunch sandwiches, I pick some sort of sturdy bread product like a bagel, wrap, hearty bread, or bun. When I made the batch of sandwiches pictured in this post, I used everything bagels and pretzel bread.

Next, I choose some kind of meat to add as the bottom layer of the sandwich. For this batch, I used rotisserie chicken on the everything bagels and ham and turkey deli meat on the pretzel bread.

Pretzel breadEverything bagel freezer sandwiches

I preheat the oven to 350 degrees, line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or foil and lay down the bread. Next I add the meat, cheese, and toppings and bake the sandwiches “open faced” for about five minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bread has toasted a bit.

If you have a sturdy bread, I’ve found you can put the cheese on the other half of the sandwich without it becoming soggy.

Everything bagel freezer sandwichesEverything bagel freezer lunch sandwiches

Once the sandwiches have baked, I let them cool for about ten minutes and then assemble them, wrap them in plastic wrap, foil, or place them in a sandwich bag. When they’re completely cool, I place the wrapped sandwiches in a gallon freezer bag and freeze them until we need them.

Everything bagel freezer lunch sandwiches

My routine is to make a week or two of sandwiches at once, freeze them, and then pull out five on Sunday night. By Monday morning, the sandwiches are thawed and ready to go for the week.

Jimmy heats his sandwiches in a toaster oven for a few minutes, but also eats them without heating them sometimes and reports that both ways are delicious.

Pretzel freezer sandwich

Notes and ideas:
-I usually keep Jimmy’s sandwiches super simple; meat, cheese, jalapeño or banana pepper slices, and srircha or hot sauce.
-If I’m feeling fancy or have more time, I like to add thinly sliced onion, bell peppers, and bacon.
-Sometimes I make pizza sandwiches and add pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce.
-Other topping ideas include most cooked or pickled vegetables, meat, mustard, and barbecue sauce.
-I would avoid lettuce, mayonnaise, and tomatoes, as they don’t freeze well.

Have any questions? Let me know in the comments! I’ll share a few breakfast recipes I have on rotation soon 🙂