The Best Part of Waking Up

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite breakfasts consisted of some of my Mom's scrambled eggs -- they had to be hers, other people just made them wrong -- piled onto two pieces of toast that had been slathered with mayonnaise and then smooshed together to make a simple breakfast sandwich. Given those comfort food beginnings, I don't share an attitude of morning sandwiches as lesser breakfasts. In fact, I sometimes go out of my way to prove the point by making something like this:

How can you hate a morning that starts with a perfectly toasted onion bagel that's been piled high with avocado, crispy bacon, and a fried egg that drizzles delicious yolk into every bite you take? And you can make it even more amazing with a generous slathering of mayonnaise and your favorite mustard. You could even make your own mayonnaise, if you wanted. It's not terribly difficult and great guides for making it yourself are all over online. When choosing your mustard, pick something that will complement the rich flavors of bacon, egg yolk, and avocado. I opted for a sweet-spicy mustard labeled Arizona Heat and it worked beautifully.

Now, if you're enjoying this sandwich as part of your weekend brunch, feel free to serve it alongside fresh fruit and a muffin or two. That said, all you really need to get things going right is this sandwich and a mug of hot coffee. Bliss, indeed!

Bagel Bliss Breakfast Sandwich

  • 4 onion bagels - split and toasted
  • 4 T. mayonnaise - divided
  • 2 tsp. mustard - divided
  • 1 avocado - peeled, seeded, and sliced thin
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 tsp. olive oil - optional
  • 4 eggs

After toasting the bagels, place each on a serving plate and spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise along with 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite mustard (I used a sweet-spicy variety) onto each bagel. Arrange avocado slices on one half of each bagel. Set aside.

In a large skillet, fry the bacon until your desired consistency has been reached. Briefly remove the bacon to paper towels to drain and then arrange 2 slices of bacon on top of the avocado slices that have been arranged on the bagels.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet (or use some of the rendered bacon fat, if you prefer). Fry the eggs over medium or over hard, depending on your preferences. Over medium is messier, but oh-so-delicious when the slightly runny yolk spills over the bacon and avocado as you take bites of it. Good morning!

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes