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Adlen Robinson: Bacon Sandwiches? Delicious!
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Who doesn’t love bacon? I mean really. You can take a plain old boring turkey sandwich, add a few pieces of crisp bacon, and now you have a superstar creation. Ditto for a plain old salad—add some crispy bacon bits and suddenly your salad becomes a game of finding the bacon pieces. Clam chowder is delicious—but top yours with bacon, and it is transformative.

Sometimes it is fun to mix up “regular” dinner and make it a sandwich supper. The best way to elevate a sandwich supper is to add bacon to your sandwiches. Here are some super delicious sandwiches you are sure to enjoy.

Before we get to some recipes, let’s talk about the best way to cook bacon. Of course, most of us cook bacon on the stovetop in a skillet. While that works fine, it can be messy with all of the splatters—and certainly requires almost constant monitoring. I much prefer cooking bacon in the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil (hello easy clean-up), pop the pan in the oven, walk away and let the oven do all of the babysitting. Depending on the thickness of your bacon, it might take 15 minutes or as much as 25 minutes—but it is much less messy than cooking on your stovetop. I usually cook mine at 350-degrees, but if you have thick-cut bacon, you might want to increase the heat to 375 degrees.

 

Bacon and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

  • 8 slices sturdy slices sourdough bread

  • 8 slices cooked bacon slices, drained and cut in halves

  • 2 cups of  best-quality sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 

Spread some mayonnaise on bread slices. Top with bacon and grated cheddar. Top with a slice of bread. Brush with melted butter. Cook in a skillet and when browned, turn over and brush with more melted butter. Cook until golden brown. 

Everybody loves a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich, but try adding a slice of cheese and a fried egg and you will be a hero.

 

BLT with Cheese and an Egg

8 slices sturdy bread slices

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

8 slices cooked bacon slices, drained and cut in halves

4-8 lettuce leaves, preferably crispy iceberg or other sturdy lettuce

8 slices tomato, salted

4 slices good-quality sharp cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons butter

4 eggs

Toast bread. Meanwhile, melt butter in a non-stick skillet and cook eggs, sunny side up. Right before assembling the sandwich, lightly break the egg yolk and let cook another minute. Or, if you love a runny yolk, don’t break it at all. To assemble, spread some mayonnaise on toasted bread. Add bacon slices, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese slices and cooked egg. Top with another toasted bread slice, cut the sandwich in half and enjoy!

 

Bacon, Egg, Muenster and Caramelized Onion Sandwich 

  • 8 slices sturdy bread slices

  • 8 slices cooked bacon slices, drained and cut in halves

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 4 slices Muenster cheese (or Swiss)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • Pinch of sugar and salt

First, caramelize the onions. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and pinch of sugar and salt. Stir. Cook over medium heat until golden, about 25 minutes. Set aside. Heat butter in a non-stick skillet, add eggs and cook until they have reached your desired doneness. Toast bread slices. To assemble sandwiches, top bread slices with bacon slices, fried egg, cheese slices and some caramelized onions.


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