When it comes to packed lunch ideas, I know I’m guilty of just taking the easiest route and, therefore, usually packing the same cheese & Branston pickle sandwiches, or tomato sandwiches, or cheese and tomato sandwiches. But sometimes I’ll “push the boat out” – but I still want to make it easy – and these sausage and egg sandwiches meet all my criteria for being easy!
My eye is often caught by sausage and egg sandwiches in the shop and, while I do sometimes buy them, I do begrudge what is a high cost for what you’re getting. These sausage and egg sandwiches are easy to make and are a lot cheaper than in the shops.
- 2 slices of bread
- Butter, or margarine, whichever you use
- 5 ready cooked cocktail sausages
- 2 boiled eggs
I use ready cooked cocktail sausages a lot as they’re ready cooked sausages and can easily be tossed into the freezer, so there’s never any waste. I use them in cooked breakfasts as well as sandwiches, wraps and pitta bread! A 400 gram pack from a supermarket will typically hold 40 cocktail sausages and cost £1.60. The pack will usually have a shelf-life of two weeks.
I use a microwave egg boiler to quickly make one or four boiled eggs, then I wrap them in a sandwich bag and put them in the fridge – they’ll last all week if you do that. The bag is to stop the eggy smell, nothing more. Today I had two boiled eggs I’d cooked 4-5 days ago, so I thought I’d use them up.
- Butter, or margarine, your two slices of bread.
- Slice the eggs up – I’ve an egg slicer, but you can use any knife to cut them up how you like.
- Lay the eggs on one slice of the bread.
- Slice your sausages in half, or you can slice them thinner if you wish and arrange the sausage slices on top of the sliced egg.
- Optional: You can squirt in some brown sauce, ketchup, mustard or even some slices of tomato if you wish to at this point…. I didn’t, today.
- Place the top slice of bread on top of the sausage/egg layers, press down a little bit and cut in half.
- Wrap the sandwiches in foil and they’re a “grab and go” easy packed lunch that you can make days in advance!
The Cheats: here the food cheats are using a microwave to boil the eggs and using ready cooked cocktail sausages – so no cooking of sausages required!
Two slices of the cheap, white, bread I used were £0.04. The cost of the margarine/butter is negligible. The cost of 5 sausages is about £0.20 and two eggs is £0.13. Including the cost of the foil, this lunch comes in at under £0.38. You can make two rounds for £0.76 – compare that to a shop bought sausage & egg sandwich which will typically cost you £1.50-4 each!