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Recipe: Bacon and egg bagel breakfast sandwich

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With a majority of classes taking place online, I now find myself having more time for breakfast, something that used to consist of a granola bar and two coffees; a medium double-double from Tim’s and a grande caramel macchiato from Starbucks a few hours later. But breakfast has always been my favourite meal of the day, and my go-to being the bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich.

Breakfast sandwiches are a timeless classic. And while it’s almost too easy to be considered a recipe, it’s far too good to keep to myself. Featuring a perfectly toasty bagel, melted cheese, and a perfectly fried over-easy egg, this breakfast bagel is ready to rock your morning.

English muffins are swell and all, but using a bagel instead gives a different texture and flavour that really makes breakfast a little more special. This isn’t something I make often, so when I do, I like to make sure a lot of love is put into it. How? Well I like to use two strips of bacon cut in half to lay two strips horizontally on the bottom of the sandwich and two vertically on top to ensure I get that crispy bacon goodness in every bite.

INGREDIENTS

1 whole bagel of your choice, halved

1 egg

2 strips of bacon, cut into halves

1-4 slices of cheese of your choice, can substitute with shredded

Directions

Heat a pan to medium heat and add the bacon strips. Cook until they’re crisp to your liking and place on a paper towel to soak up excess grease. Alternatively, you can place paper towel over a plate, lay the strips on top, add another piece of paper towel and place a plate overtop (to prevent it from curling) and heat in the microwave, using 30-second to one-minute intervals. Be sure to check the bacon’s progress each time in between.

Turn your oven on to broil on high. With your bagel halves face-side up, place them on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil or parchment paper for a mess-free clean up, and crisp till golden brown (about one to two minutes). Alternatively, you can toast them in a toaster. Once golden, remove from oven and add your slices of cheese to each half or sprinkle them both with shredded cheese. Place back in the oven to melt (about one to three minutes). If you toasted using the toaster, just place the bagel halves in the microwave on a lower cook power and heat for 30 to 40 seconds.

If you cooked your bacon in a pan, wipe it clean and place it back over a low-medium heat. Spray with cooking spray or grease with butter or oil, then add your egg. I like mine over easy, but you can do sunny side up, over medium, over hard, or even scrambled.

Once your egg is done, place your bagel halves onto a plate. First, lay two strips of bacon down horizontally and place your egg on top. Add the remaining two strips of bacon vertically on top and finish with the lid of your breakfast sandwich. Enjoy!

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