Sometimes an idea for a dish smacks me across the face and I can’t shake it until I make it. Even if I think that it might be an awful idea.
That happened with this sandwich. I was pretty certain that it wouldn’t work and that it would taste weird. But I just couldn’t not make it.
Turns out that my stubbornness paid off for once because it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve made. Only three ingredients needed!
1) Cook bacon. I like to cook it on a wire rack in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until it's really crispy.
2) Toast bread and slather with apple butter.
3) Top with bacon.
4) Add a teaspoon of butter to a non stick skillet over medium high heat.
5) Once melted and bubbling, add two eggs. Cook for a few minutes on side one and then flip.
6) Cook for a few seconds on side two and top sandwich with eggs.
7) Eat immediately!
There are really only three ingredients to this bad boy besides bread. One of them you just buy unless you feel like making your own apple butter.
So that leaves us with bacon and eggs to cook. So let’s make sure to do them right.
The best way to cook bacon, in my opinion, is in the oven, on a wire rack over a sheet pan at around 350 degrees.
Add a good amount of fresh ground pepper to the bacon and let these cook for about 20 minutes or until they are nice and crispy.
The benefit of cooking the bacon this way is that it stays really nice and straight and the grease drips away from the bacon as it cooks which makes it really crispy.
It’s bacon perfection.
The Apple Butter
Apple butter isn’t a very common ingredient, but there are a few different kinds in the store normally. You can find it in the jelly section and be sure to look at the ingredients in your apple butter.
Good apple butter will contain exactly two ingredients:
- Apple juice or concentrate
Don’t get anything with added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. It’ll be too sweet. Just get the real stuff even if it costs an extra buck or two. Completely worth it.
Once your bread is toasted you can slather one side with a good amount of the apple butter.
It’s pretty hard to over-do it so do a nice thick layer.
Then pile on that nice crispy bacon right on top of the apple butter.
Three strips should do the trick.
Anytime I’m putting eggs on a sandwich, I always cook them the same way: fried over-easy. There’s really no other way to make them in my opinion.
Assuming you have a decent non-stick pan, just add about a teaspoon of butter to it over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted and bubbling, crack in a few eggs and let them cook on side one for a minute or two.
The whites should be mostly cooked before flipping them. Once you flip them, cook them for only 15-20 seconds on side two or you’ll run the risk of over-cooking the eggs which is possibly the worst thing in the world.
Then add your eggs right on top of the bacon. Two eggs per sandwich. Don’t wuss out and just use one.
I like to cut my sandwich in half which makes it easier to eat and prettier to photograph.
There’s something really wonderful about the slightly sweet apple butter flavor, the crispy salty bacon, and the creamy egg.
It’s seriously one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve had.
Sometimes a few ingredients is all it takes.