Kenji is the previous culinary director for serious Eats and also a current culinary consultant for the site. The is also a brand-new York times food columnist and also the writer of The Food Lab: far better Home cooking Through Science.

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The ring and the height of the Mason jug lid have to slip ideal off, whereupon you must immediately start assembling your sandwich. The brings us to...


Egg McMuffin enhancements #5 and #6: Assembly and also Preheating

If over there is one true flaw in the method the Egg McMuffin is presented, it's the stacking order. McDonald's offer its sandwiches with cheese ~ above the bottom, adhered to by the egg, complied with by the Canadian bacon.* i never construed this stacking order. Shouldn't the cheese be in ~ the top, where the warm rising from the egg and also bacon will assist it melt better? Don't you want those cheese corners draped about the other fillings to tie them as a cohesive whole, fairly than sticking the end of the bottom the the sandwich, together firm and stiff as the deal with of a McDonald's manager telling a pre–October 2015 patron, "I'm sorry, yet we're no much longer serving breakfast"?


*And before you wise guys point out that possibly I'm eat it upside down, McDonald's actually screens the sandwiches this way in menus and also advertising.


Think around it: would certainly you ar the cheese underneath the beef in a cheeseburger? (It is telling that the only burger I've ever seen pull this move is the large Mac.) I've heard miscellaneous explanations as to why the sandwich is stacked this way. Much better cheese-to-tongue contact, maybe, though i don't check out why you'd want the cheese to touch your tongue before the egg or the bacon. Perhaps it's one artifact the the ordering of the assembly heat at McDonald's, possibly the cheese dispenser just comes prior to the egg-warmer together the sandwich is made? yet this wouldn't define why various other McDonald's breakfast sandwiches are stacked v cheese on top.


Whatever the reasoning, let us all agree ~ above one thing: it is a mistake, and one that is simple to rectify. I stack mine McMuffin v the bacon ~ above the bottom, followed by the egg and, finally, the cheese.


Once the sandwich is stacked, it may seem favor it's ready for eating, but it's not. Together anyone who has actually ordered one egg sandwich in ~ the corner bodega can tell you, something miracle happens in between the time the cook pulls the sandwich turn off the griddle and also the time you traction it ago out in the street, unwrap it, and start eating. That two-minute duration of steaming inside its wrappings is absolutely necessary for perfect breakfast sandwich texture.

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I actually prefer to wrap mine sandwich up in foil and also place it ago in the skillet with the heat off, letting the residual heat in the metal proceed to gently warmth the sandwich till it develops one grand, amalgamated vision. A sandwich that is truly much more than a basic sum that its parts.