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The Perfect Bacon Sandwich

There's no two ways about it - this is the most delicious way to construct a classic Bacon Sandwich!
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: British, English
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 1 sandwich
Calories per serving: 761kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £4 / $5


  • Non-Stick Pan & Tongs
  • Bread Knife


  • 2 large thick slices of Soft White Bread (see notes)
  • 4 slices of Smoked Back Bacon
  • lots of Butter
  • Ketchup, as needed


  • Add bacon to a pan over medium heat. Fry until the fat begins to renders down and the bottom side begins to brown. Flip then continue cooking until the fat mostly renders down and the meat is crisp, but still has a bit of bend to it. Remove from pan.
  • Butter one side of each of the slices of bread. Add bacon so there's two on each half of the bread, then add ketchup. Add bread butter side down, slice through the centre and enjoy!

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a) Bread - soft white sandwich bread is all you need. Save the fancy bread for something else. Preferably squared slices so you can perfectly get two slices of bacon per half. If you're adamant you want to toast it, I recommend toasting just one side in the leftover bacon fat. Remember you really want the softness to counteract the crispy bacon.
b) Perfectly Crisp Bacon - Try and get cured bacon, it's packed with less moisture. If the bacon is 'wet' then pat it dry with paper towels otherwise it'll steam and won't crisp up. You want the bacon mostly crisp, mainly the fat on the tail rendered down. But you want a bit of the meaty texture of the medallion, so don't crisp it into oblivion. Plus it'll just shrink.
c) Multiple Sandwiches - Use two pans or keep the bacon warm in the oven. Don't cram all the bacon in one pan or it'll steam and the fat won't render down. That or just serve them one at a time! 
For tips and variations check out the full blog post just above the recipe card!
Calories - Based on 1.5 tbsp butter and ketchup:

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Nutrition Facts
The Perfect Bacon Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 761 Calories from Fat 541
% Daily Value*
Fat 60.14g93%
Saturated Fat 11.364g71%
Trans Fat 0.714g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.62g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.841g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 1151mg50%
Potassium 679mg19%
Carbohydrates 37.51g13%
Fiber 1.7g7%
Sugar 9.7g11%
Protein 18.79g38%
Vitamin A 667IU13%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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