Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sunrise BLT

As I was coming home from work one day this week, all I could think about was what I was going to eat when I got home. I was starving and craving something unusual. During my long commute, several possibilities flooded through my mind, but nothing really said, "Yeah, that's it!" That is until this sandwich came to mind.
A good BLT sandwich is a favorite of mine. I love the crispy, thick bacon piled high on a bed of tomato and lettuce, complimented by the crunchy toast and creamy mayonnaise. However, on this particular day, all I wanted to do was put a fried egg inside. Why? I have no idea, but I am glad that I did. The resulting sandwich was perfection. The still soft yolk combined with the sandwich in a harmonious symphony of texture and flavors. 
So why is it called the Sunrise BLT? Well, as I looked at the sandwich, I thought the perfectly cooked egg looked like a beautiful sunrise on the bed of deliciousness. Whether you are wanting something unique for breakfast, lunch or dinner, give this a try. I am sure glad I did!

2 Slices Toast
3 Slices Bacon
1 Tomato, Thinly Sliced
1 Egg
1 Leaf Lettuce
1 teaspoon Mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper, To Taste
1 Tablespoon Butter or Margarine
1. Cook you bacon according to your favorite method or package directions. I like to place mine on a broiling pan and cook in the oven. To do this method, simply place in a cold oven and then allow the oven to come up to 375-degrees with the bacon inside. By placing the bacon in the oven prior to preheating, this allows the fat to render from slices while it crisps. Once the oven come to temperature, the bacon will take approximately 5 minutes to cook. However, you need to keep a check on it as it will depend on the thickness of your bacon slices. You want to stop the cooking once it is browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before using.
2. While the bacon is cooking, heat the butter/margarine over medium heat in a small skillet. Carefully add the egg to the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and allow to cook until the yolk becomes hazed over.
3. To assemble the sandwich, spread the bottom piece of toast with mayonnaise. Top with lettuce, tomato slices, bacon and then top with the egg before placing the other piece of toast on top. To see the "sunrise" cut diagonally, making sure the yolk is in the middle. If cooked properly, the yolk to absorb slightly into the top piece of toast and may even run down through the sandwich. 

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