onion jam + bacon + fried egg sandwich

They say "everything it better with bacon". While correct, I have always felt the statement should be "everything is better with bacon and onions". As far as classic combinations go, bacon and onions is tops! The great thing about it is, you can take the most basic of things and turn it into, well, something bacon-y and onion-y. Which by default, makes the boring thing you were about to eat completely awesome. It's like food magic!

This recipe may seem like a whole lot of work for just a lowly old egg sandwich, which I suppose is one way you could look at it. Mind you, this will only be the opinion of someone who has not tasted the sandwich. Regardless of your opinion, if you find it problematic to spend 3 hours roasting onions for one sandwich, you could always make the jam ahead of time. You know, make something before you need it! I know, I know, again with the magic!

Should you find yourself without bacon (yes, I have heard of this happening), this jam is pretty good at turning things to gold all by itself. Burgers, sausages, grilled cheese, crostini, whatever. You've been here before, right?

onion jam + bacon + fried egg sandwich
( makes approximately 4 sandwiches)

for the onion jam: 

preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • 4 yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced root to tip
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • salt tt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
Combine onions and olive oil in heavy bottom lidded (oven safe) dutch oven.   Cover with lid and cook for one hour, undisturbed.  After the hour is up, remove lid and stir well. Repeat every half hour until onions are lightly golden.  Add sugar, vinegar, and thyme. Return to oven until onions are deep golden brown, continuing to stir every half hour.  This entire process took about 2.5 hours for me.
Remove onions from pan, chop finely and season tt.  You are finished!  Now show some restraint and don't eat them all before you make your sandwich!
**technically onion jam can be stored in your fridge for a few days, maybe up to a week.  We are not familiar with it lasting that long.

for the sandwich:
  • buns, rolls or english muffins, appropriately toasted
  • greens.  whatever you like-just no iceberg.
  • fried eggs-enough for each sandwich
  • 1 pound cooked crispy bacon
Smear the onion jam on the bread, add some greens, bacon and fried egg.  Prepare to be amazed.