I have an infatuation with British food. I don’t know what it is–maybe it’s the gigantic portions, or the sheer amount of grease and salt? I mean, I love small bites with layers upon layers of complex flavors and textures as much as the next gal, but here’s a national cuisine devoted to battered, breaded, and fried comfort food and an absurd amount of beer.
Enter the Bacon Butty. Also known as a bacon roll, bacon sarnie, and piece n’ bacon, this lovely little creation is, apparently, Britain’s favorite food. How could it not be? It’s bacon, it’s portable, and it’s sooooo much fun to say.
I’ve been on a bacon butty bender. *teehee*
Ok, so I really have mixed feelings about posting this. On the one hand, it’s a bacon sandwich. A roll with bacon and mayo. A “B” without the “L” or the “T”. There’s nothing exotic, no crazy sauces or preparation methods, nothing.
On the other hand, I couldn’t NOT share this because it’s my single greatest edible discovery of the year. (Except I’ve since been told that the Brits also have a “Chip Butty”? Like…and sandwich made of nothing but roll and fries? GET OUT.)
Bacon. On a sandwich. Completely unadulterated. Apparently Wills and Kate even served them at their WEDDING. Fancy!
For the truly authentic experience, I suppose one would need to use proper English bacon, or Irish bacon, which is more a thin slice of pork loin. We Americans, unrefined and common as we are, generally only know streaky bacon–the really fatty bits that come off the pork belly. I won’t get technical, though. I know where my loyalties lie.
Yes, it’s dripping bacon grease. Yes, that is 100% necessary for full enjoyment of this sandwich. No, I am not ashamed.
Beautiful in its simplicity: thick sliced bacon piled high on a brioche bun.
- 3 or 4 thick slices of bacon (rashers or streaky, your choice)
- 1 roll or bun
- Fry up your bacon.
- Meanwhile, toast your bun.
- Spread a little mayonnaise on the bun and place the bacon on top.
- Close up the sandwich and devour.