Make Ahead

Crumbled Bacon and Hard-boiled Egg Sandwiches

October  4, 2022
3 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

"What is it that makes box lunches always sound so delicious?" Katherine wondered. "It makes you think there might be almost anything inside. Duck eggs and nectar and kinds of sandwiches nobody ever had before!"
Edward Eager, Half Magic.
My mother could never get me to eat egg salad - this is chunky and appealing - and very scrumptious warm. - fineartdaily —fineartdaily

Test Kitchen Notes

We love fineartdaily's fool-proof method for hard-boiled eggs that produces picnic-perfect sandwiches crammed with mouthfuls of delicate chopped egg and crispy bacon. It's light on the mayonnaise, but there's just enough to keep all the components in this scrumptious sandwich and off your (paper) plate. - Maddy
—The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 1/2 bunch chopped chives
  • 8 slices of whole grain bread, toasted
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled into largish pieces
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  1. Hard boil the eggs. (Which is supposed to be idiot-proof, but I am still learning. I place the eggs in the bottom of a saucepan and cover them with water. I turn the heat to medium, and wait for the water to boil. Then I turn the heat off, cover the eggs with the top [or a plate, because I can never find the right top quickly enough] and wait 15 minutes. Then I pour off the warm water add some ice cubes, and run cold water over the eggs.) Crack and peel each egg, and put in the nice blue bowl. The colors are pure and lovely, just like Monet’s dining room. Add the mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and slice through the warm eggs. Don’t mix the eggs too much – this is not egg salad. Sprinkle in the chopped chives.You want to see all the chunks and appreciate the colors! No mush, please. Put a piece of lettuce on each piece of bread, gently spoon the egg mixture onto the lettuce, then crumble the bacon lovingly onto the egg. The lettuce will keep the bread from getting soggy, but this is a meal that is best eaten while the egg and bacon are still warm. Maybe your box lunch goes no further than the back porch, where you can watch over the bird feeder and plan the fall bulb scheme. Or it will transport nicely to the tent that has sprung up in the living room where someone has a scratchy throat, and needs sustenance to get through the long afternoon home from school. And, as is the case with most sandwiches, this is greatly enhanced with a judicious handful of potato chips.
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16 Reviews

Heather H. May 28, 2011
Made this again the other night when my teen age son asked for it. It's a very special, yet simple, sandwich. So delicious.
fineartdaily May 28, 2011
Your son is a very discerning judge of good sandwiches!
Heather H. May 22, 2011
My whole family loved this!!!! Yum.
fineartdaily May 22, 2011
Thanks! It's so good to know that the simplest ingredients are usually the best!
Bevi April 24, 2011
This great sandwich was my breakfast this Easter morning, and it was completely satisfying. I am a lunch for breakfast person anyway when I stray from my almost-daily dose of oatmeal, and this fit the bill.

Half Magic is one of my all time favorite books!
Bevi April 24, 2011
PS - I added some capers.
fineartdaily April 24, 2011
Hoppy Easter to you! You are so sophisticated to have added capers. I put them in my BLT chicken salad. And so glad to know there are other Edward Eager readers!
Bevi April 24, 2011
That book rocked my world for years - I must have read it dozens of times in quick succession. The truth is I am the farthest thing from a sophisticate, but there are certain ingredients that I always have loved - my dad used to throw capers in everything. Right now I am on such a toasted almond kick it's ridiculous.
Fran M. April 21, 2011
Made this for lunch today. Yum. But then again Everything is Better with Bacon. No chips I am having some avocado instead. Not the same ! You have ruined me I wont be happy with egg mush ever again.
Jeandsanders April 21, 2011
And here you are just about to enter the serious post-Easter hard boiled egg season! Timely! So glad you liked it. I'll be whipping up a batch on Monday, I expect...
fineartdaily October 9, 2010
I made Another ham-fisted typo! So sorry. The book is "The Time Garden" by Edward Eager. Another must-read...
fineartdaily October 8, 2010
That was "fave" not "rave"- a completely different meaning owed to bad thumb typing on my iPhone!
SallyCan October 7, 2010
Nice recipe. Like the quote, love the visual instruction!
fineartdaily October 8, 2010
Edward Eager wrote some fabulous children's books which have stood the test of time. Magical and transporting and funny as all get out. Half Magic is my rave, but I think of The Thyme Garden every time I cut some from my little lopsided plant on the kitchen windowsill. And N. M. Bodecker's illos are sublime! Quick- go to the library!
Cheryl M. April 11, 2021
I absolutely agree about Edward Eager's books. I adore Half Magic the best, I think, because it's so hilarious. But I also love Seven Day Magic, because it's about books, and going to the Library. I haven't re-read The Thyme Garden in many years, so I think I 'll have to go to d it on my shelf! And the recipe looks to die for! Thank you!
fineartdaily April 11, 2021
They are fabulous gems of childhood literature. Thanks for your comment! Enjoy your re-read!