BEAT Breakfast Sandwich

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Author Notes: Full disclosure: I am not a morning person. It is hard for me to get going in the morning, and more often than not breakfast is coffee & something super-quick, like a pre-packaged breakfast bar or bowl of cereal. Some days I need something more substantial, but I still don't want to spend a bunch of time in front of the stove. Enter the breakfast sandwich. This version combines bacon, egg, avocado, and cherry or grape tomatoes. I find that cherry tomatoes pack more flavor per bite than slicing tomatoes most of the year. If you have some good heirloom slicers, feel free to substitute. This sandwich comes together pretty quickly. The prep work is done while the bacon is frying and the assembly is done while the eggs are frying. Applying the mashed avocado to both slices of bread helps decrease the mess factor, but do be careful so you don't have to change your shirt before you head to work! - hardlikearmourhardlikearmour

Food52 Review: I just finished a dinner of hardlikearmour's heavenly sandwich along with a good salad. With the tender, oozing yolks it's wonderfully messy to eat, so when you make it, and you should soon, plan to be licking your fingers a lot. It's one of those things where no one ingredient stands out above the others; rather each is essential to the whole experience. Whether you let it help lead you into sweet dreams, or to launch yourself out the door in the morning, this sandwich will help you to feel wonderful. - boulangereboulangere

Makes 2 sandwiches (but is easily scaled down to 1)

  • 2 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 large Hass avocado
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • table or fine sea salt
  • 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 thick slices of Batard or your favorite sandwich bread.
  • 2 eggs
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place your bacon into a cold frying pan, and heat over medium heat until crisp, turning occasionally.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, combine the avocado, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Mash together with a fork, until fairly smooth. Set aside.
  3. Wash and quarter your cherry tomatoes. Push to one side of your cutting board. Line the other side of the cutting board with 2 layers of paper towels for draining the bacon.
  4. Toast your bread when bacon is close to being done. Crack your eggs into a small bowl, and set aside.
  5. Remove bacon to the paper towels. Pour off all but a tablespoon or two of the bacon grease (save it for other uses!) Fold the paper towels over top of the bacon, and pat to remove most of the grease.
  6. Pour the eggs into the frying pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place a lid over the eggs, and allow to cook until the whites are set, but the yolks still runny (or to firm yolks if that's what you like.) This will only take a few minutes.
  7. Divide the mashed avocado between the 4 slices of bread, and spread in an even layer on each slice. Divide the cherry tomatoes between the 2 "bottom" slices of bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Crumble a slice of bacon onto each "top" slice of bread.
  8. Place an egg on top of the tomatoes, and add the "top" slice of bread. Slice with a serrated knife, or eat whole. Enjoy a great start to your day!

Tags: good for lunch as well, great way to start the day

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about 1 year ago FOXHAUS

This was amazing. Thank you. After frying the eggs, I sautéed some spinach and added it to each sandwich. My seven year old had two.

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about 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Yum! I guess that makes it a BEAST sandwich :-)

Junechamp

almost 2 years ago ChefJune

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Oh boy, am I ever making this for breakfast on Sunday!!! WOW!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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I'd be honored!

Sausage2

almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Pretty much my favorite breakfast ever. Especially when someone else gets up to make it.

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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It's a lucky person who get's someone else to make them breakfast!! I figure the goodness of the avocado & tomatoes cancels out the badness of the bacon!

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

It IS a lucky person. And I'd say 99.999% of the time the lucky person is my husband...but here's to hoping, right?! And, the goodness of avocado and tomatoes definitely cancels out any bacon badness. Plus, if the bacon is nitrate free and from pork that was not grain fed, it's pretty much not bad at all because even though it's fatty, the fat is not that bad of a type of fat! (Saturated fat is not as bad for you as the government insists on saying.) Which is totally a sign that there is some good in the universe.

Henrykiss

over 2 years ago arielleclementine

we had this for lunch yesterday, and it was amazing!! also, i can't thank you enough for that egg cooking technique- i've always fried eggs one at a time, spooning hot butter over the top to cook the whites- this was so much easier, and i can do two at a time! you're the best!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yay! So glad you liked it & learned a new trick to boot. I was just wondering what to make for supper tonight, and this will be perfect!

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over 2 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Yu-um. This just looks like perfection.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, SoE! It's a really satisfying meal.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Congratulations on your lovely EP!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, B! You're review was awesome.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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So's your sandwich.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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OK, I broke the rules and made it for dinner last night along with a big salad. Every single drippy, finger-sucking bite was delicious. I'd make it again in a heartbeat. And I saved the bacon drippings right in the very same pan - yes, I put a lid on it, and don't tell me you've never done that - and started AW's ratatouille in it. Sort of two for one, doesn't get much better than that.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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I'm thrilled you enjoyed it, and I love your use of the left-over bacon drippings. Yum!

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over 2 years ago marynn

Great flavor combination. What I love best, however, is the detailed precision of the directions: "Push to one side of your cutting board. Line the other side of the cutting board with 2 layers of paper towels for draining the bacon." Not 1, not 3, 2. Even the most non-morning person can get this day-brightener done.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, marynn! I seriously need all the help I can get in the morning.

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over 2 years ago wssmom

The avocado sends this over the top! Double plus good!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, wssmom! I ♥ avocado.

Fb

over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Huge YUM!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, BKR!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

I'll take one of these for a late breakfast, do you think you can get it to me in time ? :) My stomach is growling - as I look at the photo...

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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If I made it right now I could get it to you by 8am! Of course I'd probably break down and eat it on the way ;)

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over 2 years ago lapadia

LOL!! I think my laughing just work everybody up...rise and shine!

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almost 2 years ago lapadia

BTW, still waiting for my delivery :) !!!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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;-)

Henrykiss

over 2 years ago arielleclementine

This is a very handsome sandwich! Wish I was eating it right now!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, ac!

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Yum! This would be great for breakfast but even better late at night -- maybe after a night out on the town...

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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I agree!

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over 2 years ago aargersi

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Fabulous - love breakfast sammiches, and this is a great one!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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When we visited my sister while she was living in Puerto Rico we'd get breakfast sammies from a local panaderia most every day. They are mildly addicting.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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I want one right now.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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I'll send one right over ;)

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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This is so great! Perfect wake-up for the bleary-eyed morning person that I am.

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, mrsL. Coffee is my best friend in the morning, or I'd probably be bleary-eyed until afternoon!

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over 2 years ago Sagegreen

Great breakfast inspiration! I just made perfect sourdough bread for this!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yum... sourdough would be great, and homemade even better.

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over 2 years ago nannydeb

I'm so glad that I haven't had breakfast yet! Thanks for the inspiration!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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You're welcome, nannydeb!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I am also not a big breakfast kind of gal but this would be the exception. Delicious!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, sdebrango. I'm more of a brunch gal myself.

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over 2 years ago lorigoldsby

This breakfast sandwich can't be BEAT! Had to be the first to say it!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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LOL! I was thinking more about beating breakfast since it's often a challenge for me.