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Egg O'Muffin

The original "McMuffin's" shape was described as a Teflon circle. Teflon, also known as polytetrafluoroethylene, was the chemical first used to create nonstick pans in the 1930s. Beyond that, Teflon is effectively a god chemical. It's used in wiring of computers and spacecraft, lubricating musical instruments, and producing carbon fiber and fiberglass. It's woven into bed sheets, hoses, dental floss, catheters, rifle bullets, and mouse pads. Without Teflon, you wouldn't be able to properly store urine in a bag, keep insects from crawling out of shallow containers, or smoothly iron your clothes. The next time you get frustrated over the "pointlessness" of chemistry, eat an Egg McMuffin.

Prep: 5 min | Cooking: 7 min | Total: 12 min


  • Butter (1/2 tbsp)

  • Large eggs (2)

  • Cheddar cheese, grated (1/2 cup)

  • Strawberry or grape jam (1-2 tbsp)

  • English muffin (1 whole or 2 halves)


  1. Melt butter on a skillet on medium heat.

  2. In a small bowl, beat eggs together with a fork or whisk. Pour mixture onto skillet. Sprinkle cheese over top. Flip and fold the eggs a few times until cooked, then remove from heat and cut in half.

  3. Spread jam or jelly on 2 halves of an English muffin. Place each half of eggs on either muffin and serve.

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