Monday, June 18, 2018

English Muffin Sandwich - Deal of the Day Review

McDonald's Egg McMuffin may be sweating cheesy bullets because Weight Watchers Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwich are showing up in my local 99c only Stores. Especially when McMuffins are in the $3 dollar range, and you get 2 Smart Ones sandwiches for 99.99 cents!

Of course, Weight Watchers have to deliver in flavor to detour a Mickey D's customer to this frozen Deal of the Day breakfast sammie.

First, the cheese is an American processed type and that is okay with me. It is a small looking square, but  is enough to melt nicely into the English muffin crevices.

Do be careful with your first bite, as the cheese can microwave molten lava-hot. Melty cheese with egg is a perfect combination.

Egg puck heats up perfectly. It keeps a scrambled egg texture - a little more solid, but still moist and fluffy. The egg is well mixed and a bright yellow. It's a thin puck, but enough to fill the English muffin.

I do prefer McDonald's McMuffin blended egg, where you can see the white is not totally mixed into the yolk, so there is a strong yolk taste that contrasts with milder egg white.

When you remove the sandwiches from the plastic wrapper, make sure to shake out any ice crystals that may have formed in the bag, or you will have damp spots on the English muffin.

Microwave instructions direct you to heat for a minute, 20 seconds. I did one minute and that was enough. I would start at one minute, then add 10 or 15 second increments so you don't turn the cheese into a watery paste.

Do watch as the sandwich heats up because the melted cheese is slippery and the English muffin will slide off and leave a cheesy mess on the microwave oven plate.

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The English muffins are an Achilles' heel of this cheap$kate Deal of the Day. Microwaving bread is always a problem. The texture becomes mushy with strange chewy bits. I mean, it taste fine like typically baked sourdough and it has all the nooks and crannies.

Maybe the solution is to microwave the egg puck separately; reheat the English muffins in a toaster; and place the room temperature cheese slice between the hot egg and toasted bread. Oh, in most cases I probably won't do this, but sometimes?

What is nice about having the McDonald's-style McMuffin at home is you can add whatever you like. Me, I go for a thick tomato slice and mayo.

I am not wise in the ways of Weight Watchers, but I assume this is a low-calorie meal, that is, if you just eat one English Muffin Sandwich. One sandwich was enough for me when I added tomato. It is easy to have just one as each sandwich is wrapped separately.

The ingredient list is a little long, when you add in the processed cheese. But overall not unusual for frozen fare.

Since this sandwich is only cheese, egg and bread, it's a lighter meal, compared to an Egg McMuffin with Canadian bacon or sausage. And it quickly microwaves, and travels well on the road to work, if you are in a rush in the morning.

So how does Weight Watchers Smart Ones English Muffin Sandwich Deal of the Day rate on my Cheap$kate Dining Scale of 1 to 9, 9 being best? Well, I give this tasty breakfast sandwich a strong 7.

If you don't have time to wait in the drive-thru line at McDonald's in the morning, my latest Deal of the Day may satisfy your Egg McMuffin urge.

As a bonus to my visitors, here is my Homemade Egg McMuffin, with easy to follow directions, so you can make your own one day?

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