Fried Egg & Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

This is true comfort food!  This recipe for a fried egg sandwich is so incredibly simple that I’m sure most people don’t need a recipe, per se, but it is more of a reminder that this perfect breakfast exists!  You will need the following for one sandwich:

  • 1 egg (Try to find eggs from a local, pastured source.)
  • 1 English muffin (Whole-grain is best.  Central Market in Houston makes some really good ones.)
  • ¼ avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 slice white cheddar
  • Dash of hot sauce (I love Tejas Tears, but Cholula or whatever you like works)
  • 1 tablespoon caramelized onions (optional)

Turn the oven to broil and begin toasting the English muffin.  Fry the egg slightly over-hard in a little bit of clarified butter.  Salt and pepper them.  Once the English muffin has popped up, place the fried egg on the base of the English muffin.  Add the caramelized onion.  Top with one slice of cheddar and broil in the oven until the cheese is melted and starting to bubble.  Remove from the oven and top with sliced avocado and hot sauce.  A little bit of very thinly sliced fresh jalapeno is also wonderful if  you have it.

Sometimes I like to cook this in the oven on a piece of aluminum foil.  After I have added the avocado and hot sauce, I will wrap it up in the aluminum foil so that it stays warm and I can eat it when I get to work.  There are just too many things I need to do before leaving the house at 6:30 am to chew this breakfast slowly enough.  Sometimes I will even prepare this in the evening and then throw the foiled package in to the oven while I get ready for work.  I love getting protein, calcium, healthy fat, and whole grains all in one meal.

As a bit of random trivia (stop reading now if you don’t care about cheese trivia), I say to use white cheddar after doing a little investigation in to orange cheddar.  I grew up with mostly yellow and orange cheeses (American cheese slices were the standard) in the Midwest of the US, so orange cheese seemed really natural to me.  One day I was puzzled as to why Chief turned his nose up at orange cheddar.  I guess it just seemed strange to him having grown up outside the US.  I began to do some investigation and what I found out is that essentially all orange cheese is so because a food coloring has been added to it.

The seed that creates this color is from the annatto tree, which grows in the tropics and sub-tropics.  It’s just a food dye and it’s generally safe, but why bother?  I found out that, originally, when milk was made in to cheese, the cows that had eaten more of the beta-carotene rich summer plants produced milk that was orange or yellow when fermented to cheese relative to cows that were eating more of the hay-type material in winter.  This “summer” cheese was more nutrient-rich and thought to have higher butterfat content and so having the orange color was something of a badge of honor, a qualifier of nutrition.   Manufacturers began to add in a dye to make the cheese look like this coveted kind and to make it more uniform.  After I discovered this, I began investigating all the labels and sure enough, all the orange ones have annatto listed as an ingredient.  Who knew?

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