Breakfast BLTs with Charred Tomato Relish


Charring the tomatoes brings out the sweetness in these early-spring gems, lending them the flavor of peak summer tomatoes.

Breakfast BLTs with Charred Tomato Relish
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 medium plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 4 everything bagels, halved
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh baby arugula
  • 4 Essential Fried Eggs (recipe follows)
  1. In a large bowl, stir together tomatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add tomato mixture; cook until charred, about 3 minutes. Remove from skillet, and let cool for 1 minute. Wipe skillet clean.
  3. Roughly chop tomatoes. In a medium bowl, stir together chopped tomatoes, parsley, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and red pepper. Let cool.
  4. In the same skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon, and let drain on paper towels. Add bagels to skillet; toast until golden brown, about 1 minute.
  5. On bottom half of each bagel, layer avocado, arugula, bacon, charred tomato relish, and an Essential Fried Egg. Cover with top half of bagels.

Essential Fried Egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. In an 8-inch cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Gently crack egg into skillet, and fry, covered, until yolk is set, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.



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