Rise 'n Shine

Who said breakfast has to be boring and/or cold? This month, we begin a series of columns on sandwiches. Actually, sandwiches, wraps, pockets and general food you can eat and carry in one hand. It's a delicious and smart series on how to start your day right!

We begin with the transformation of the old reliable bagel. When some of your favorite breakfast goodies are added, it becomes your breakfast savior. A creamy sauce, fried eggs, salty ham and sharp cheese make it a country style breakfast between two sides of a bagel!

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Bagel Sandwiches

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon creamy dill mustard
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces deli sliced ham (2-3 slice per sandwich)
  • 4 plain bagels
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese

First prepare the sauce by combining the mayonnaise with the dill mustard in a small bowl. Set this aside until you are ready to use it. To prepare the eggs it's best to make one at a time in a small 6-inch skillet. If you have more than one of these small pans, you can save a little time. Beat an egg in a small bowl with a whisk until it is smooth, but not foamy. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the egg. Heat a small 6-inch skillet over low heat.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of butter to the pan. When the butter has melted add the egg to the pan. Swirl the pan so that the egg spreads evenly. As the egg begins to cook, use a spatula to pull in a couple of the edges so that raw egg flows from the top onto the hot pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then fold over one of the edges of the egg using a spoon or fork. Fold it down about an inch. Fold the opposite end over as well. Then fold the remaining two edges over, creating a small rectangular or square mini-omelet. Flip the little omelet over and turn off the heat.

Heat up the ham in a covered dish in the microwave for 1 minute. This will make it hot, and keep it from drying. Slice a bagel in half and place it with the faces up on a baking sheet. Grill the faces of the bagel halves in your oven set on broil until golden brown. You may also use a toaster oven for this step, but be sure to place the sliced bagel halves onto a small baking sheet or on aluminum foil.

When the bagels are toasted, spread about 1/2 tablespoon of the sauce onto the face of the top bagel half. Place a slice of cheese onto the face of each bagel half. Place the finished omelet onto the cheese on the bottom half of the sandwich. Place the ham onto the egg. Finish by flipping the top half of the sandwich over onto the bottom. Heat for 15 seconds in microwave if needed to warm.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes