Turkey & Bacon Cheddar Melt

I love doing a hot sandwich for lunch and this is really a great-tasting one with turkey, bacon (how could you go wrong?) and an egg thrown in for extra goodness and it helps keep you feeling full longer. This open-faced sandwich is easily done with a Hamilton Beach sandwich maker. No, I am not promoting them, just saying. But I do include directions to do it without this unit. It just takes a little more work. For a gluten-free option, use an Oopsie Roll (recipe link below) for the base.

1 slice Turkey breast meat, 1/4″ thick
1 slice thick Bacon, cooked
1 oz Cheddar Cheese
1 tablespoon Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg
1 splash Heavy Cream (about 1 teaspoon)
Pepper, dash
1 teaspoon Onions, dehydrated flakes or 2 teaspoons freshly chopped onions
1 slice Ripe Tomato, medium, 1/4″ thick
1 slice Low Carb Bread or 1/2 low carb bun or 1 Oopsie roll *

Simple Flax Yeast Sandwich Roll or Low Carb English Muffin or Savory Sandwich Rounds or the Oopsie Roll from Your Lighter Side’s web site.

With the sandwich maker:

Plug in the sandwich maker to warm up. Spray the cooking surfaces with cooking spray.

Take 1 slice of bread cut into a round or 1/2 of a sandwich round cut across the middle to form two rounds.  Butter the top. Set aside.

Cut the turkey slice in half if it is oblong so that it will fit on the bread. Cut or tear the cooked bacon into two pieces. Place on top of the bread round.

In a small container — I like to use yogurt cups for this – break the egg, add ricotta cheese, salt, pepper, and onions and stir it well. Add a splash of cream and about 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese. Mix it all together.

When the cooker is hot (usually by this point), put the bread half with the turkey and bacon into the bottom well. Sprinkle half the cheese on top. Lower the top well down, making sure the plate handle is all the way to the right. Pour the egg mixture in and close the lid. This may puff up and raise the lid, but don’t worry about it.

Cook for about 4 minutes. Raise the top lid and put the sliced tomato on top and close the lid again. This will grill the tomato a bit. Cook one more minute, unplug the unit, then slide the top plate to the left so the egg slides down on top of the meat and bread. Lift the bottom well up and use a spatula to lift the sandwich to a microwaveable plate. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top and put in the microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the cheese.

Enjoy. I like to add a little mayonnaise at this point, but that is optional.

To make without a fancy sandwich maker:

Heat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees F.

Toast the bread and butter it. Cut the turkey and bacon slices in half and grill in a small pan to heat it through. Remove to the bread and sprinkle cheese on top.

Mix the eggs, ricotta cheese, cream and onions as described above. Heat 1 teaspoon of butter in the skillet and use an egg ring or a tuna can that both ends have been cut out as a mold. Pour the egg in and press down on the ring with a spatula until the eggs have set up enough that they don’t leak. Put a lid or a pan over the top and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the egg is almost set, then flip over if you want the top firmer.

Use the spatula to lift the egg to the meat and bread. Quickly fry the tomato slice to just tender, then put it on top of egg and sprinkle cheese over the top. Put in an ovenproof pan in the oven for about five minutes until the cheese is melted. Or you can put it in the microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds.

Makes one serving.

Nutrition Info for the egg filling only:
Calories: 318 Fat: 28.9 g Net Carbs: 3.8 g Protein: 24 g

The breads will add between .6 g (Oopsie roll) and 2 g

I used a Wheat Germ and Flax Round, cut in half for 1.2 carbs.

Here’s a tip for cooking your bacon with less mess and fuss – bake it!

Originally POSTED BY RENE AVERETT AT 9/26/2013 9:35 AM