Making a vegan Egg McMuffin

Da da da da da… I’m lovin’ it!

I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s for eons, but I admit I used to have a weakness for their egg McMuffin. Even after I went vegetarian, I’d order one now and then (and remove the slice of ham).

They might be yummy, but all that ham, cheese and egg is neither cruelty-free nor healthy. So after a bit of Internet research (most of the credit goes to Vegangela), I embarked on a vegan version and look how it turned out:

McMuffin

It was delicious and easy to make. Here’s how I did it.

Ingredients:

  • Whole grain English muffins
  • 1 block of extra firm tofu
  • Tumeric
  • Black pepper
  • Black salt (also called Kala Namak)
  • Daiya vegan cheese
  • Upton Naturals seitan bacon

First, drain the tofu and cut it into slices, about half an inch thick. Use a glass and a knife to cut the slices into a circle (I used the leftovers in a stir fry).

tofu circles

Mix together a bit of turmeric, black salt, and black pepper (I didn’t measure, but you won’t need much–a pinch of each for color and flavor). The black salt has a slightly sulpheric smell, and gives food an eggy flavor. You can find it in Indian grocery stores or online. Rub the mixture on both sides of the tofu.

spicing up the egg

Fry up the “eggs” until warmed.

eggs

Fry up the “bacon” while you toast the muffins. Upton’s makes fantastic seitan bacon–my favorite–but you can use another brand of veggie bacon if you can’t find Upton’s. Or Canadian veggie bacon if you’d like to be more authentic.

Upton's bacon

Slice up the Daiya and assemble the delicious goodness that is the vegan McMuffin.

Daiya

I served mine with a side of home fries and fresh strawberries for a meal even a non-vegan would love!

the final product

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