This was inspired by Jaimé, who used to cook breakfast on a bun for me at Apple. He moved on to Adobe, and then I lost track of him. But between the breakfast on a bun and the Crazy Potatoes, most of my morning-food needs were covered. Thanks, Jaimé! I hope you're doing well.
- 12" (30cm) cooking skillet. Either non-stick or well-cured cast-iron.
- Two strips bacon, preferaby thick-sliced *.
- One egg.
- One hamburger bun. Or two slices of bread.
- One slice American Cheese.
- Salt and black pepper to season.
- Fire up the stove, pre-heating the skillet.
- Cut the strips of bacon in half, short-wise. You want four bun-sized strips.
- Toss the bacon into the (now) hot skillet. Reduce heat to medium flame.
- Flip bacon a few times, making sure to keep it from pig-tailing. Between flips, get the rest of the ingredients out of the fridge.
- When bacon is nearly done, move it to the side of the skillet.
- Crack one egg into skillet, and break yolk.
- Push the edges of the egg in to make a shape that fits your bread if it's spread too far.
- Butter the bread.
- Season egg with salt and pepper.
- Flip bacon one last time.
- Flip egg.
- Slap slice of chesse onto the egg, and stack the bacon slices on top of the cheese.
- Toss the bread into the pan, butter-side down. You just want to brown it.
- When cheese melts, pull out bread and place on plate, buttered side up.
- Scoop out the egg, cheese and bacon and drop it on the bottom-half of the bread.
- Put the bread-top on the food. Eat.
If you're serving multiple people, you can cook more than one round of bacon at a time. A 12" skillet can do bacon for two or three sandwiches without too much trouble. More than that and you need a real griddle or grill. Cook the bacon a little longer (until it's really done), and take it out of the skillet to drain on paper towel. Butter your bread, and then toast/fry it in the toaster or toaster-oven (if you do it in a toaster, you have to be very careful about overdoing it, since the butter could catch fire), since the pan will be full of eggs. It's not quite as tasty as frying the bread in the bacon-grease, but it'll work out fine.
* If you don't have bacon, you can use two breakfast sausage links, cut in half lengthwise; one sausage pattie; one slice of ham; or a slice or two of canadian bacon instead. If you're using ham or canadian bacon, you may need to add some butter to the pan to get a proper amount of slippage.