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Sunny Side Burger


I wrote my recipe for Sunny Side Burgers back in the fall but I just recently took the time to really try out the recipe. Actually, I forgot that I had not tested the recipe on my family. Mostly, because it takes a little time to make a good burger and on week nights I am rushing to get dinner on the table after work. On the weekends I am also running around or I have some other ideas in my head and just forgot to try out the burger.



Anyway, I was flipping through the journal I use to do my writing and ran across my Sunny Side Burger recipe so I thought it would be a good time to try it on hubby. I decided to surprise him and make them for lunch rather that pick up a sandwich from our favorite deli. One of the keys to making a good burger is to form a medium sized patty and create a indentation in the middle of the patty. This helps prevent a big bubble from forming in the middle of the patty that you naturally want to mash down. When you press down on your burgers you are releasing all of the wonderful juices which is a no-no.


Burgers, I think, are a very individualized food. Everyone likes their burgers prepared in a different way whether it is rare, medium rare or well done. We also like to put different toppings on our burgers. The Sunny Side Burger has basic ingredients but can still be customized to your own tastes like any other recipe you find on dmariedining.com. Try making my version then let me know what you think and if you add a little something to it.



Sunny Side Burgers

1 lb ground sirloin (4 burgers)
8 slices crispy bacon
4 eggs
4 slices beefsteak tomatoes
4 slices pepper jack cheese
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
4 ciabatta rolls sliced

shredded lettuce
shredded cheeses

Form ground sirloin into 4 patties. Sprinkle with worcestershire, salt, pepper and onion powder. Make a thumb impression in the middle of the burger.

Place vegetable oil in an iron skillet and heat on medium high heat. Add hamburger patties and brown on one side until a crust is formed. Flip burger and cook on the other side to your desired level of rareness. Do Not flatten the burger or all of the delicious juices will escape. Remove burger from the pan and place on a paper towel to rest.

In a non-stick pan melt butter then add egg. Cook until desired hardness of the egg. Slice ciabatta rolls. Toast slightly (optional). Assemble burgers by placing burger on bottom half of the ciabatta roll. Top burger with slice of cheese, egg, lettuce, tomato then two slices of bacon. Place the remaining bun on top and enjoy.

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BCT Sandwiches (Bacon, Cucumber and Tomato)


BCT (Bacon, Cucumber and Tomato) sandwiches are a nice little treat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Instead of a heavy load of bacon, eggs, potatoes and pancakes, a light but filling sandwich is the way I like to roll. Nothing against a big breakfast but after eating that much food I am ready for a very long nap.


A take on the classic BLT, the BCT provides refreshing veggies and the smoky taste of bacon. I first experienced having a breakfast sandwich with BCT when my hubby brought one home from a trip to the gas station that also has a deli inside. It was on a particular Saturday which I deemed cereal day because I was not into making breakfast that day and no one else volunteered. Since hubby wasn’t in the mood for cereal he decided to pick up a breakfast sandwich when he went to get gas (he is such a good multi-tasker). I must say I was a little envious when he showed me his sandwich and I looked down at my soggy cereal.


Needless to say, I decided I could re-create hubby’s Bacon, Cucumber and Tomato sandwich and turn it into a sandwich for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For breakfast and lunch the BCT is pretty straightforward. Although, to elevate the BCT as a lunch sandwich I sometimes add lettuce or fresh baby leaf spinach. For dinner, I will add a few thin slices of turkey breast or smoked salmon with capers.


No matter when you decide to eat a BCT I know you will like it. Especially, if you are tired of cereal.


BCT Sandwiches (Bacon, Cucumber and Tomato)

4 sliced bagels
1 large tomato sliced
1 medium cucumber sliced
½ lb bacon fried slightly crisp
4 – 5 tbsp softened cream cheese

Toast bagels. Spread both sides of bagel with cream cheese. Layer one side of bagel with tomato, cucumber then top with bacon.

thin slices of turkey breast
slices of smoked salmon and capers
fresh baby leaf spinach

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