You had me at bacon, which is what I am hoping when you read the title of this recipe. I love a good bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a weekend morning and I love switching up the cheese, but for this recipe I wanted to switch up the bacon. Adding a bit of brown sugar and cayenne pepper to the bacon adds a nice salty and sweet component that goes well with the egg and cheese. As for the cheese in this recipe, I asked a friend of mine who owns a cheese shop here in Toronto and he suggested Muenster cheese and I am so glad I listened to him because it just brought everything together perfectly. Adding a little zip and tang with dijonnaise doesn’t help either. Hope you enjoy this sandwich and remember if you ever feel down, always remember, you’re a grown up, and can have bacon whenever you want.
SPICY BROWN SUGAR BACON SANDWICH WITH MUENSTER CHEESE, DIJONNAISE AND A FRIED EGG
Recipe by Mark Calaminici | Food Loves Company
¼ cup brown sugar, loosely packed
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 strips of bacon, 4 strips per sandwich
2 tbsp. of mayonnaise
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2-4 slices of Muenster cheese
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 brioche buns, buttered and toasted
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a small bowl add brown sugar, cayenne pepper and freshly cracked pepper. With a fork mix the ingredients together to combine, breaking up any small brown sugar clumps. Cover a sheet pan with foil and place a wire rack on top. If you do not have a wire rack just place some parchment paper down on a sheet pan. Place bacon strip on wire rack and add brown sugar mixture on the strips and rub it into the bacon strips. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven and depending on how you like the doneness of your bacon. Once done, remove and let the bacon cool down and the brown sugar to set a bit.
3. In a small bowl add the mayonnaise and Dijon mustard and mix to combine. I do a 1-1 ratio but feel free to play around depending on your taste. Once done, set aside.
4. In a pan on medium heat, add 1 tbsp. of unsalted butter and toast the brioche buns. Once done, set aside.
5. Wipe the same pan clean and add ½ tbsp. of unsalted butter and crack one egg and cook to your liking. I like over easy. Once done, set aside.
6. Lay buttered and toasted brioche bun on work surface. Add 4 strips of bacon; you can cut them in half if you like so they can fit on the bottom half of the bun. Add Muenster cheese and if you want to melt it, I suggest you do, just place under the broiler until melted. Add the fried egg on top of the cheese and then add a dollop of dijonnaise on the top half bun and enjoy.