A BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich is a perfect breakfast or brunch item that combines the classic flavors of a BLT with the richness of a fried egg and melted cheese. Chef Robert McGee from Hawaii emphasizes that making this sandwich helps you learn essential cooking skills like temperature control, working with butter without burning it, and mastering egg cookery. He suggests using American cheese and white bread for beginners to avoid wasting good artisanal ingredients. Here’s how to make this delicious sandwich step by step.

Ingredients
2 slices of white bread
2 slices of bacon
1 large egg
1-2 slices of American cheese
1 tablespoon butter
2 slices of tomato
Lettuce leaves (such as iceberg or romaine)


Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional: mayonnaise or mustard
Instructions


1. Cook the Bacon
Heat a Skillet: Place a skillet over medium heat.
Cook Bacon: Add the bacon slices to the skillet and cook until crispy, turning occasionally. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
Drain Bacon: Remove the bacon from the skillet and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess fat.
2. Prepare the Bread and Cheese
Butter the Bread: Spread butter on one side of each slice of white bread.
Add Cheese: Place the American cheese slices on the unbuttered side of one slice of bread.
3. Fry the Egg
Melt Butter: In the same skillet, melt a small amount of butter over medium-low heat.
Fry the Egg: Crack the egg into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the white is set but the yolk is still runny, about 2-3 minutes. For a firmer yolk, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.


4. Assemble the Sandwich
Assemble Ingredients: Place the cooked bacon strips on top of the cheese-covered bread slice. Add the fried egg on top of the bacon.
Add Vegetables: Layer the tomato slices and lettuce leaves on top of the egg. If desired, spread a thin layer of mayonnaise or mustard on the other slice of bread.
Top and Press: Place the second slice of bread on top, buttered side facing out.
5. Cook the Sandwich
Heat Skillet: Return the skillet to medium heat.
Grill Sandwich: Place the assembled sandwich in the skillet. Cook until the bread is golden brown and crispy, and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side. Press down gently with a spatula to ensure even cooking.
6. Serve

Slice and Serve: Remove the sandwich from the skillet and let it rest for a minute. Slice it in half and serve immediately.
Tips for a Perfect BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich
Temperature Control: Keep the heat at medium to avoid burning the butter or the bread.
Crispy Bacon: Cook the bacon until it’s crispy for the best texture contrast.


Melted Cheese: Ensure the cheese melts properly by grilling the sandwich slowly.
Runny Yolk: If you prefer a runny yolk, be careful when flipping the egg and assembling the sandwich to avoid breaking the yolk.
By following these steps, you can master the art of making a BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich. This sandwich is a delightful combination of savory bacon, creamy cheese, fresh vegetables, and a perfectly cooked egg, making it a satisfying meal for any time of day. Enjoy!