California BLT Egg-in-a-Hole

Yes, that's an egg in the middle of the bagel hole. And when you cut into it, the yellow yolk (like California sunshine) drips down into the bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado mash. It's okay if you need a moment.

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Serves2
  • DifficultyEasy
4 slices bacon
2 bagels
1 medium avocado, ripe
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp red chilli flakes
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1 beefsteak tomato, sliced
1 cup fresh rocket leaves
1 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Arrange the bacon in a large ovenproof frying pan or cast iron pan and cook over medium-high heat until crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Remove all but 2 teaspoons bacon drippings from the pan.

2. Reduce the heat to medium. Cut each bagel in half crosswise. Toast the bottom pieces in the pan cut-side down until light golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, mash together the avocado, lemon juice, red chilli flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a small bowl.

4. Remove the bagel bottoms from the skillet and evenly spread the avocado mash over the toasted sides; set aside. Put the 2 top bagel pieces in the skillet cut-side down. Crack 1 egg into each bagel hole and season with salt and pepper. The whites will run over and under the bagels which is okay - just make sure the yolks stay in the holes.

5. Cover the pan and cook until the whites become crispy and the bottoms of the bagels are toasted, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and continue cooking until the whites are completely set and the yolk is still runny, about 5 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, layer each avocado bagel bottom with a slice of tomato, some rocket and 2 slices of bacon. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with the egged bagel tops. Cut each sandwich in half.

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