Let’s be real here, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Kickstart your morning deliciously with this Breakfast Sunrise Bagelwich! Toasted bagel topped with avocado slices, crispy bacon, dippy egg and a to-die-for spread!
So I love breakfast foods. Actually no, I lurve them to the point I’ll often eat “breakfast foods” for lunch and dinner. And let me preface that by what I deem “breakfast” food as I now a few that loathe ‘breakfasty’ type things. Sorry but we just can’t be friends…(j/k). Breakfast foods are eggs, bacon, waffles, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal and so forth. While I’ve been known to eat stuffed shells or roast beef with mashed potatoes at breakfast time I still want ‘real’ breakfast foods. However, there’s nothing wrong if you eat the non-breakfasty things but how can you not like the real stuff? This, I don’t get. I mean I get if you hate eggs or pancakes. But bacon? Dude… that’s just not cool. To say you hate bacon is like saying you hate kittens or babies. But regardless it’s your right to hate it but um, can I have your share?
I’m also going to go on the record that this bagelwich is not something I eat every day nor recommend most folks do either as let’s face it – it’s seriously hearty. For me, this is my “cheat day” breakfast. But if you wanted to eat it every day first off, I’m jealous that you can, but secondly, enjoy! But full disclosure if I’m craving these daily I’ll actually buy the mini bagels or the thinly sliced bagels and eat those. This way I don’t feel as guilty eating a huge bagel every single day. My thighs thank me for this; yours would too I assume.
This recipe isn’t anything brand new the world has never seen but honestly, it’s one that, after seeing all those commercials to ‘hit up our drive-thru for a delicious breakfast sandwich’, I got fed up. That’s not “real” food. Mass producing items like this using egg ‘patties’ that come in frozen and in sheets are nasty. Or worse the entire sandwich coming pre-assembled and all the drive-thru person has to do is zap it in the microwave. As you pull up they put it in a bag is flat out disgusting. How do I know? I tried it with a few different places – both drive-thru and walk-in.
I want fresh, not a microwaved soggy version of their fresh. I want REAL EGGS, not something that comes from a carton. I want fresh, not frozen.
So the argument some will make – “but I don’t have time to make breakfast or something elaborate like this”. Stop it… it’s not time consuming nor elaborate. It’s a real egg with real ingredients on a bun. It’s not rocket science. Harsh? Maybe but c’mon look at it this way, if take 10 minutes to go through a drive-thru on your way to work or stop in a coffee shop for a breakfast sandwich, why not use those 10 minutes to make your own? And here’s a SERIOUSLY fast tip… Cook all of your bacon say on Sunday. Just bake it or fry it up therefore during the week all you literally have to do is fry up an egg and toast the bagel.
Okay, I’m off my “make your own breakfast sandwich” soapbox. Hi! Non-cranky TKW here LOL
Quoting Joan Rivers, “Can we talk?!” Folks we need to talk about this deliciousness. This thing is the bomb (dot.com – yeah I totally went 90’s on you there). It’s definitely a meal and something that, when I have this for breakfast, I’m definitely not eating until way later in the afternoon. For me, it’s the bagel that is the heavy part. But if you wanted this but really didn’t want a bagel (or your diet doesn’t allow it) then go for some lighter options (I do this often actually):
Whole Grain or Wheat toast works perfectly
Iceberg lettuce as a bun – seriously it’s really good!
Roast up a portabello mushroom cap and put this stuff in it (it’s similar to my breakfast stuffed portabellos)
Hashbrown potato stack – yep put it all down on top of those sexy and delicious potato stacks!
Next, let’s talk about toppings. To me, bacon, avocado and the everything bagel spread is classic. I’m not a fan of sliced tomatoes but hey if you want that, go for it. You could add hot sauce or my favorite, Sriracha! Just remember this is supposed to be a breakfast sandwich so adding say chicken or a boatload of other stuff kinds of negates the whole ‘breakfastness” of it. At that point, you’ve made it a full on meal.
Finally the egg. I. AM. AN. EGG. YOLK. LOVER ♥
To me, it is not the same thing if you put on a scrambled egg or a fried egg. You’ve completely altered the texture of the dish. The yolk is messy but rich and creamy. It adds that richness that marries this bagelwich altogether. But if you must, fry up that egg til there’s no semblance of a runny yolk and enjoy. I’ll try not to judge you … well at least too much. I mean how can you not like yolks???
So this upcoming weekend I fully expect you guys to make this AND post pictures to my facebook page or tag me on Instagram (@thekitchenwhisperer) using hashtag #thekitchenwhisperer ! I absolutely LOVE seeing your pics when you make my recipes!
- 2 bagels, sliced in half
- 2 large eggs
- 6 slices, thick cut applewood bacon (or bacon of choice)
- 1/2 of an avocado (about 8 slices)
- 4-6 Tbl Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Spread *though you can add as much as you’d like
- In a cold 12″ round medium skillet add the bacon and turn the heat to medium. Cook the bacon for about 8-10 minutes per side, flipping once. Once cooked, remove from the pan and place on a papertowel lined plate to drain. If baking the bacon, see notes.
- Remove all but 2 Tbl of the bacon grease (save the grease in a small jar and store in the fridge!). If you want picture perfect eggs, remove all of the bacon grease, clean the pan and add about 2 Tbl of canola oil to the pan
- With the pan over medium heat crack both eggs into the pan far enough apart that they don’t touch. If they do just use a spatula to help break the egg connection.
- While the eggs are cooking, place the bagels in the toaster and turn it on. Set it to your desired ‘doneness’.
- As the eggs are cooking, use a spoon to help ‘spoon’ the grease/oil over the whites of the eggs. Do not get the grease over the yolks else you won’t get a beautiful sunny-side up look. Once the whites are set (not jiggly) then you can spoon a little grease over the yolks. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the whites are set.
- When the bagel is done, start assembling the bagelwich. On both cut sides of the bagel evenly divide the Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Spread.
- On the bottom half of the bagel add the sliced avocado, 3 strips of the bacon per bagelwich and top with the sunny side up egg.
- Place the tops of the bagels on top and enjoy!
To bake your bacon, preheat the oven to 375 and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place the bacon on the pan and bake for 15-20 minutes per side or until crisp. Remember, bacon will crisp up more upon cooling. Drain on papertowels.