Sometimes an idea for a dish smacks me across the face and I can’t shake it until I make it. Even if I think that it might be an awful idea. This Apple Butter Sandwich started like that but is now one of my go-to breakfast sandwiches, especially in the fall!
This simple mix of slightly sweet apple butter, savory crunchy bacon, and breakfast eggs makes it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve made. I absolutely crave it some mornings!
What is Apple Butter and how to use it
Apple butter isn’t a very common ingredient, but there are a few different kinds in the store normally. You can find it in the jelly section and be sure to look at the ingredients in your apple butter.
Good apple butter will contain exactly two ingredients:
– Apple juice or concentrate
Don’t get anything with added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. It’ll be too sweet. Just get the real stuff even if it costs an extra buck or two. Completely worth it. If you wanted to try to make your own apple butter, this tutorial from Simply Recipes is a great start!
Once your bread is toasted you can slather one side with a good amount of the apple butter.
It’s pretty hard to over-do it so do a nice thick layer.
Then pile on that nice crispy bacon right on top of the apple butter.
Another idea: Slather Apple Butter on a grilled cheese like this Apple Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
What kind of bread works for this sandwich
I’m not precious when it comes to bread for breakfast sandwiches. I’ll use plain sandwich bread, fancy sourdough, ciabatta rolls… heck, I’ve even used hot dog buns in a pinch.
Most days though, I’ll just use plain sandwich bread for these sandwiches. Nothing fancy and it gets the job done!
The best way to cook bacon, in my opinion, is in the oven, on a wire rack over a sheet pan at around 350 degrees F. This takes about 20 minutes, but for just a few strips of bacon you can also just cook it in a skillet over low heat so the bacon crisps up nicely.
Let these strips cook until they are nice and crispy.
Bacon Variation: Try this Sriracha Bacon for a spicy kick!
Cooking The Eggs
Anytime I’m putting eggs on a sandwich, I usually cook them the same way: fried over-easy or sunny-side up. There’s really no other way to make them in my opinion.
Assuming you have a decent non-stick pan, just add about a teaspoon of butter to it over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted and bubbling, crack in a few eggs and let them cook on side one for a minute or two.
The whites should be mostly cooked before flipping them. Once you flip them, cook them for only 15-20 seconds on side two or you’ll run the risk of over-cooking the eggs which is possibly the worst thing in the world.
Then add your eggs right on top of the bacon. One egg per sandwich is good, but you could use two if you really want something filling!
A little arugula adds nice color and some peppery crispiness to the sandwich!
I like to cut my sandwich in half which makes it easier to eat and prettier to photograph.
There’s something really wonderful about the slightly sweet apple butter flavor, the crispy salty bacon, and the creamy egg.
It’s seriously one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve had.
Sometimes a few ingredients are all it takes.
Can you add cheese?
I’m almost always a cheese guy for breakfast sandwiches, but I actually skip it for this apple butter sandwich. The sandwich has plenty going on without the cheese.
That said, if you want to add some cheese, go for it! A nice slice of Swiss Cheese or sharp cheddar cheese would go fine with the apple butter and other ingredients. I definitely won’t stop you.
Apple Butter Breakfast Sandwich
- 4 slices of good sandwich bread, toasted
- Bacon, 2-3 strips per sandwich is good
- 2-4 eggs, over easy
- Butter, to cook the eggs
- Apple butter, for sandwich
- Fresh arugula
- Salt and pepper
- Cook bacon. I like to cook it on a wire rack in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until it’s really crispy or in a skillet over low heat until it’s nice and crispy.
- Toast bread and slather with apple butter.
- Top with bacon.
- Add a teaspoon of butter to a non stick skillet over medium high heat.
- Once melted and bubbling, add two eggs. Cook for a few minutes on side one and then flip.
- Cook for a few seconds on side two and top sandwich with eggs and fresh arugula.
- Eat immediately!