The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

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The ultimate breakfast sandwich with smashed avocado, maple-smoked bacon, eggs, cheese all on freshly toasted sourdough.

Is there anything I love more than a sandwich?

Maybe my friends, family, pets and ice cream, but the thing with a sandwich is that it truly can be everything I want it to be (and even include ice cream).  If made well, there is nothing better. If made poorly well, there is no greater disappointment.

In reflecting on my favorite foods for the birthday week, it was a bit hard since I feel like I’ve hit them all in years past.  BUT, I dug deep and though breakfast, and the breakfast sandwich was the obvious choice.  I mean, when I fly, one of the greatest joys of early morning air travel for me is the pre-flight Egg McMuffin.  Perhaps not the highest quality or most impressive sandwich, but who doesn’t love an Egg McMuffin?  

I had just so happened been emailing with Biscuit about food (what else?  Well, maybe The Single Life and Netflix binges) and she was describing her perfect dinner of late- the BLT. I decided to expand on this with what I’m calling THB’s Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich.

I thought hard about it- there really are endless possibilities.  The cheese needed to be strong enough to cut through the other flavors, because there is nothing worse than half-melted cheese on a sandwich that adds nothing significant other than calories. And then, what of the other accouterments?  French-style with caramelized onions and Gruyere?  Tex-Mex with pepper jack and cholula?  Italian with fresh tomato, mozzarella and pesto?   But after ample consideration, what eventually landed on my plate comprised the following:

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Fresh, thick cut sourdough. Buttered on one side, toasted, but not too much.  Enough for crunch, not enough for crumbs.

Aged sharp white English cheddar, thinly sliced. Almost feather-like.

Avocado, smashed with salt and crushed red pepper flakes.

Bacon, thick cut, maple-smoked.

Eggs, over-easy to over-medium, with enough squish to push.

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This was the best thing I’ve eaten in a while, and I think it’s a good thing to keep eating a while more.

I’m not going to tell you how to assemble a sandwich; you’re all big kids, but I hope that that gives you enough ideas and confidence to recreate its perfection on your own.

Now, go forth and sandwich.

Written during the swimming.

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