Since its incorporation in 1955, McDonald's Corporation has not only become the world's largest quick-service restaurant organization, but has literally changed Americans' eating habits--and increasingly the habits of non-Americans as well. On an average day, more than 46 million people eat at one of the company's more than 31,000 restaurants, which are located in 119 countries on six continents. About 9,000 of the restaurants are company owned and operated; the remainder are run either by franchisees or through joint ventures with local businesspeople. In 1954 Ray Kroc, a seller of Multimixer milkshake machines, learned that brothers Richard and Maurice (Dick and Mac) McDonald were using eight of his high-tech Multimixers in their San Bernardino, California, restaurant. His curiosity was piqued, and he went to San Bernardino to take a look at the McDonalds' restaurant.
McDonald's Copycat Recipe
1 English muffin
1 slice Canadian bacon
1 slice of American cheese
1 Empty clean can with the same diameter as an English muffin. (6 1/2-ounce tuna can)
Split the English muffin and brown each face in a hot pan. Set aside. Keep the pan on medium heat. In a saucepan of boiling water, cook the Canadian bacon for 10 minutes. Grease the inside of the can with shortening or coat with a nonstick spray. Place the greased can in the hot pan over medium heat and crack the egg into the center. Break the yolk. When the surface of the egg begins to firm, cut around the inside of the can with a butter knife to free the edges. Pull the can off the egg; turn the egg over and cook for 1 minute more.
Build the sandwich in the following stacking order from the bottom up: bottom English muffin American cheese egg Canadian bacon top English muffin. Microwave for 15 to 20 seconds on high for uniform heating, if desired.
Notes: McMuffins are McDonald's signature breakfast sandwich, first sold at select restaurants in 1972 as the Egg McMuffin, just five years before breakfast officially went into effect, it consists of a fried egg, Canadian Bacon and American cheese on a toasted English muffin. Sausage or bacon McMuffins are also available.