Cholesterol Sandwich

I’ve been wanting to share this humble sandwich with you ever since I first conceived of this blog. It’s in a close race with my mom’s tacos for the thing most often eaten in this house. It’s something you can throw together with things you probably have laying around your kitchen, and it brings me ridiculous amounts of joy to eat it. We like to call it the cholesterol sandwich.

Cholesterol Sandwich

Okay, it’s really just bacon, egg, and cheese on toast. We give weird names to things sometimes. Get over it.

There are a few things you have to do to make this sandwich extra special. I could say make your bacon anyway you like, but if you’re not cooking your bacon to utter crispiness, as in moments from incineration, then your sandwich probably won’t be as awesome. You’ll bite into it and your bacon won’t snap and you’ll end up pulling off an entire piece of bacon at once. I hate that. Crispy bacon, people. It’s the way of the future.

Crispy Bacon

And you absolutely must fry your eggs the way my husband does. The first time I saw him doing this, I was utterly disgusted. But then I ate the sandwich, and I was utterly delighted. You have to crack the egg right into the pool of bacon fat you’ve just created, and then splash the bacon fat over the egg to cook it. The egg doesn’t get flipped, it just gets bathed in bacon fat until the whites are set and the yolk is at maximum oozing potential.

Cholesterol Sandwich Perfect Egg

And if you can get eggs fresh from your backyard, you win the super awesome medal of awesomeness. There will be a post on the awesomest of pets coming soon.

My Chicken

There’s nothing fancy here. You could jazz it up with smoked gouda. You could make it healthy with turkey bacon. There are a million variations. But if you want to make a heavenly meal on the cheap, buy whatever bacon is on sale at your grocery store. If they have a buy one get one free deal, you are in major luck. Put the other pack in the freezer and you’ll have cholesterol sandwiches for weeks. Then use whatever cheese you happen to have in your refrigerator. If you try to tell me you don’t usually have cheese in your fridge at any given moment, then you’ve probably been possessed by aliens.

Cholesterol Sandwich

Make this sandwich. Mix it up. Put on it whatever you like. But don’t skip the egg bathed in fat. And whatever you do, don’t overcook it. If you don’t have egg yolk running down your arm before the end, you’re not doing it right. You will be transported. I promise

Cholesterol Sandwich
Serves 1
The most ridiculous bacon egg and cheese sandwich ever.
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 slices of bacon
  2. 2 slices of bread
  3. 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  4. 1 slice of cheese (or a fat pinch if shredded)
  5. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Lay your bacon slices in a frying pan on medium high heat and cook to your desired level of crispiness.
  2. In the meantime, toast your bread and spread mayo on both sides. Put your cheese on while the bread is still warm.
  3. When the bacon is ready, lay it on a paper towel covered plate to drain.
  4. Crack your egg into the bacon grease. Try to keep it toward the edge. Tilt your pan toward the egg to make a pool of grease. Use your spatula to gently splash the grease over the egg. Once the whites have set, carefully lift out the egg and place it on top of the cheese.
  5. Break up your bacon and arrange it on your sandwich. Top it with the toast and give it a gentle press.
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Cholesterol Sandwich Aftermath

 

Once you pick up this sandwich, you won’t be able to put it down. Don’t bother with napkins, just keep eating until it’s done, then go wash your hands. The euphoria will last for hours.

Working with What You Got: Creamy Sausage Dip

Sometimes in life, you just have to work with what you’ve got. There are a never ending series of excuses one could give for not trying something new like say… starting a new blog. No big beautiful kitchen. No impressive fancy camera. No experience. No friends. On the other hand, you could just forget all that, and do it anyway. That’s sort of what Awesome on 20 is all about.

You likely won’t see any perfectly beautiful photos on this blog, at least not for a while. I have a cheap Kodak point and shoot that I bought in Taiwan. It’s not great, but it works. You also won’t see an endless variety of props in the background. I only use what I actually have in my kitchen. I don’t have money to spend on props, or a place to store them. This is real life, kids.

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This is not the kind of camera a blogger is supposed to have. Work with what you got.

What you will see is things that I actually use in my house, and food that I really eat. I do my best with what I have. And on the first weekend after a month of wedding guests, what I had was some cooked sausage meat and some leftover cream cheese. I was exhausted and didn’t want to put in a lot of effort. I needed something I could make with my eyes closed. A little bit of fridge raiding turned out to be a pretty scrumptious dip which we were only too happy to call dinner.

Creamy Sausage Dip

Creamy Sausage Dip
Serves 2
Warm creamy dip loaded with sausage. Get the strong chips.
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 oz sausage, cooked
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. half can Rotel
  4. 8 ounces cream cheese
  5. Sturdy chips for dipping
Instructions
  1. Put everything in a skillet to heat the sausage and melt the cream cheese.
  2. Stir until it all comes together.
  3. Pile it onto your favorite chips and shovel it in your face.
Notes
  1. If your sausage is uncooked, just crumble it up and cook it in the skillet before adding the other ingredients.
Adapted from 1001 Fast Easy Recipes
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Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies

We don’t do much to celebrate Easter around here, unless you count eating a ton of Easter candy. Seriously, Easter definitely wins the holiday candy race. Nobody else has Cadbury Creme Eggs. Christmas and Halloween just can’t compare. I look forward to these all year.

Cadbury Creme Eggs

But just in case you were wanting to make your Easter candy even more awesome, I’ve made Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies. My husband had been begging me to make these for him for over a week. How could I refuse him? He finished his in about twelve seconds, so I’d say he was happy. They taste pretty much as ridiculous as you’d expect. It’s a fudgy chocolate overload. It makes you want to brush your teeth in the best possible way. I mean, it’s Creme Eggs baked into a brownie. It’s awesome. Duh.

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie Batter

I recommend waiting until closer to Easter to make these. The longer you wait, the more desperate your grocery store will be to get rid of their seasonal candy, and the Cadbury Creme Eggs are bound to be on sale. They’re still a bit of a splurge, but hey, that’s what holidays are for.

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies

Also awesome is the fact that these are made in a 9X9 pan, so even if you only have a countertop oven the size of a dorm room microwave, you can still make these. I know from experience.

You could easily make these with your favorite brownie recipe, even if that comes from a box. I won’t tell, as long as you think it’s delicious. Here’s the recipe I used.

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownie

Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies
Yields 12
Fudgy brownies with Cadbury Creme Eggs nestle inside
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 185 grams (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  2. 185 grams (1 cup) chocolate chips
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 275 grams (2-1/2 cups) sugar
  5. 85 grams (3/4 cup) all purpose flour
  6. 40 grams (1/3 cup) cocoa powder
  7. a pinch of salt
  8. 6 Cadbury Creme Eggs, cut in half top to bottom
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and butter a 9x9 inch pan.
  2. Put butter and chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat for thirty seconds at a time, stirring after each interval. Continue until everything is smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Crack your eggs into a bowl and add sugar. Beat them together until they're pale and fluffy and double in size. You can use an electric mixer or get your arm workout for the day by using a whisk.
  4. Pour your melted butter and chocolate into the egg mixture and fold to combine. Keep working until the streaks are gone.
  5. Sift your flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the batter. Gently fold this in.
  6. Pour your brownie batter into your prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the brownies from the oven and gently press your Cadbury Creme Eggs, cut side up, into the the partly cooked brownies.
  8. Return the brownies to the oven for 12 to 15 minutes depending on your desired gooeyness level.
  9. Torture yourself by allowing these to cool completely before cutting. Good luck.
Adapted from Honey's Mummy
Adapted from Honey's Mummy
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*Measuring note: If you have a kitchen scale, I highly recommend measuring by weight. The recipe was written in grams, so cups may not be as accurate.

*These brownies can be made for under $10. Not bad for a holiday dessert. 🙂

 

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