Let me tell you about my best summer ever. When I graduated college my best friend and I packed our bags and headed to Hawaii for the summer (well just the summer for me, she’s still lucky enough to live there)! We had created a craigslist ad a few months prior in search for housing. I’m sure you can imagine that we got some sketchy replies, but we also got connected with a sweet family who was renting out their mother-in-law suite. The house was in Kailua, Oahu and we were even able to negotiate a lower rental price in exchange for us occasionally babysitting their 3 kiddos. They had 2 spare bikes for us, and even let us use their cars when they weren't using them. Their house was minutes away from 3 miles of pristine white sand beach. Every morning we would run barefoot in the sand as the sun rose, then jump in the ocean to cool down from the run.
We also lived just a mile away from Lanikai Beach - which is seriously the prettiest beach that I have ever seen in my entire life. Go look up pictures to see for yourself! There are two tiny islands off the coast from this beach, so at the end of the summer, we rented kayaks and paddled out to them. But let’s not talk about how the wind was resistant to our attempts, and made paddling nearly impossible and continually flipped our boats around to the other direction.
On the weekends we would explore more of the island. We sampled the dole whip at the Dole Plantation. We sampled as many macadamia nuts (and macadamia nut butters) as we could find. We sampled fresh produce at fruit stands on the side of the road. (Can you see a pattern? lol). We went to Waikiki Beach once, and that was good enough. We explored the north shore and ate as much coconut shrimp as we could manage. But our local adventures were just as entertaining. We attempted surfing and it wasn’t for us - granted our friends took us to an advanced surf spot so we had zero chance to begin with. We hiked barefoot in the mud to a waterfall. We had way too many run ins with cockroaches. We sampled peanut butter malt balls at Whole Foods nearly every day. We knocked down mangos from the tree in the backyard by using soccer balls, and managed to nearly die of laughter each time thanks to how ridiculous we looked.
But of course we had to have a way to pay for our time there because if you didn’t already know, Hawaii is fricken EXPENSE. So we each worked two jobs, one of which was at the same cafe, Morning Brew. We obnoxiously would dress in matching outfits too sometimes - thankfully our coworkers didn’t hate us for this lol. Tessa worked as a barista thanks to her years of Starbucks experience, and I worked in the kitchen, making all of the yummy breakfast and lunch items. One of the things that I made the most often were - fried egg sandwiches.
Fried egg sandwiches are one of my favorite things to order when going out for breakfast (I say “when going out” because let’s be honest, my lazy self will always reach for the cereal when I’m at home). I’m not a big scrambled egg person because it tastes too egg-y, but 1 fried egg is just the perfect amount. I cook my eggs very minimally in order to maintain as much runny yolk as possible (my 15-year-old picky self would be aghast that I just said that).
This simple fried egg sandwich recipe is layered with fresh ingredients, included avocado, lettuce, and tomato, and is balanced with the savoriness of crispy bacon. I chose whole grain bread for my sandwiches, but really any type of bread will do, from bagels to artisan bread. And let’s not forget out my favorite part - the lemon garlic aioli sauce. Slather the sauce on both the bottom and top slices of bread to add more flavor depth to the sandwich! And the best part about fried egg sandwiches, is that you can have them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Simple Fried Egg Sandwiches
Prep time:Serves: 2
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 4 slices of bacon
- 4 slices of bread
- Spring salad mix
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1 half avocado, sliced
- 2 eggs
- Olive oil
- Make the lemon aioli by combining the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and garlic.
- Cook the bacon to your desired crispness. Toast the bread.
- Assemble the sandwiches. Spread the lemon aioli on the bread, top with lettuce, tomato slices, avocado slices, and bacon.
- Fry the eggs in a little olive oil. Add to the assembled sandwiches. Finish with top slices of bread, also with aioli spread.