BLT Benedict!

Bacon.  Poached Eggs.  Avocado.  Fresh, sweet, summer cherry tomatoes.  Tender baby lettuce.  Sliced sourdough bread that has been brushed with olive oil and toasted outside on the grill until it is just the right amount of charred.

You’re with me, right?  Yes, this is Eggs Benedict meets BLT meets Guacamole…it’s the perfect mash-up of some of my favorite comfort foods, all on one lucky plate.  You want to soft cook the poached eggs so they are just the right amount of runny, because they are going to take the place of the million calorie and tricky to make hollandaise sauce that usually goes on Eggs Benedict.

Meantime, you are going to marinate those gorgeous baby tomatoes and the avocado in a little dressing of garlic, fresh chopped basil, olive oil and a teeny bit of wine vinegar.  That’s where you get just a little of the guacamole taste…not exactly the real thing, but a close cousin.

Now send someone reliable out to the grill to toast up the sourdough bread…or any other substantial bread that you have on hand.  One slice per person, because this is an open-faced sandwich.  (I’m going through an open-faced sandwich phase this summer.  I love them.)

You cook up the bacon and the poached egg in the meantime.  Or do it in any order you like – one of the great things about this sandwich is that you can make the other stuff ahead of time and have it at room temperature and save cooking the egg for the very end.

Now the assembly: spread a little mayo on the grilled bread, then layer on some some lettuce, then the bacon, then some of the tomato mixture.  Pop an egg on top and break it just enough for the yolk to spread over the whole thing.  Drop a few more tomatoes on top.   It’s going to be the one of the best things you ever tasted, I promise.  Almost as good as a practically empty jar of peanut butter.

Almost.

Here’s the recipe!

BLT Benedict!

BLT Benedict!

Ingredients

1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 avocado, diced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, divided
6 large eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
6 slices sourdough or other hearty sandwich bread, brushed with olive oil and grilled until toasted (or if you MUST, you can put them in the toaster!)
3 cups baby lettuce
12 thick bacon slices, cooked

Directions

1. Combine tomatoes and next five ingredients and 2 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar in a small bowl.
2. Add water to depth of 3 inches in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and maintain at a light simmer. Add remaining 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar. Break eggs, and slip into water, 1 at a time, as close as possible to surface. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes or to desired degree of doneness (but the runnier the better for this recipe!). Remove with a slotted spoon.
3. Spread mayonnaise on one side of each bread slice. Layer each with 1/2 cup lettuce, 2 bacon slices, some of the tomato mixture and one egg. Top with remaining tomato mixture.

Recipe adapted from My Recipes via Southern Living

Yum

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  1. PoetessWug says:

    All of that goodness…tomatoes, bacon, and a peanut butter eating dog! SCORE!!! ^_^

  2. Haha! My dog adores peanut butter also and would totallly do that…if my brother would let her. But he likes to keep the end of the peanut butter jar to himself.

    These open-facers sound SO GOOD. Can't wait for some good tomatoes to make an appearance over here!

  3. Amy's Cooking Adventures says:

    This looks fantastic! I am definitely going to try this soon!

  4. Looks delish! Knowing me, I'd probably give in and dump a bunch of hollandaise sauce on this bad boy to make it a real Benedict. Great idea.

  5. marissa at the boot says:

    haha that's what i look like with a jar of peanut butter! i love the sound of this recipe! delishhhh!

  6. Mama.Mommy.Mom. says:

    I think I just died and went to heaven! This sounds wonderful! Now, I need to learn how to poach and egg!

  7. Catherine says:

    Love the look of this. I've been eating a lot of tomato bruschetta as well as egg sandwiches recently.

    Your dog looks so cute with the peanut butter jar.

    I always give the almost finished peanut butter (plastic) jar to my dog. She skulks away with it and the last time I found it nearly all shredded so she could get to the very bottom. Good thing it wasn't glass!

  8. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says:

    This just screams summer to me, and those photos are absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing this! And I'm definitely going to have to make this for my husband and I sometime this summer… it looks to tasty not to give it a try!

  9. miss morsels says:

    BLT benedict!! What a clever idea! It's now gotten me to think about how else to enhance a benedict.

  10. I must be the only person in this world who does not like bacon…

    ….but I think I'd try this :D

    Beautiful pictures!

  11. FramedCooks says:

    Thanks all! Yes, anything that is an excuse to eat any version of bacon and eggs pretty much has me at hello. :)

  12. Johanna says:

    I made this for breakfast yesterday! It was sooooo delicious.

  13. Anonymous says:

    We have boxers so it's harder for them to get to the bottom of the jar, but everytime a grandkid leaves one out, those long tongues go to town. Great pictures!

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