Easy Bacon Butty Recipe

If you have never heard of a butty sandwich, then you likely haven't spent much time in the UK. Once you try one of these delightful eats, you'll have yet one more reason to plan that visit, though. As it turns out, English food really deserves a better wrap than it gets: These sandwiches are proof of that.

Butties are named for the butter traditionally slathered on a butty sandwich's toasted bread, and the bacon butty "has to be the most popular item in the UK for breakfast," says chef and recipe developer Susan Olayinka of The Flexible Fridge. Most of that popularity comes from the simple delight that is the flavor of bacon, butter, and ketchup on toast. It also doesn't hurt that these sandwiches are quick and easy to make and feature common ingredients.

Once you have your bacon butty ready to enjoy, a sandwich Olayinka calls "so comforting," all that's left to do is grab a cup of tea to go with it. "Or coffee, that's how we have it here," Olayinka adds.

Gather your ingredients for an old-fashioned bacon butty

If you were looking for a super simple treat to enjoy for breakfast today, you really did find one with the bacon butty. It calls for just four ingredients, those being slices of bacon, slices of white bread, butter, and ketchup. You can try it with wheat bread or rye or add a dash of hot sauce or other little touches, but you owe it to yourself to first make this sandwich exactly as Olayinka lays it out.

This recipe yields a true British classic, after all. Just make sure you use big, thick cuts of British-style bacon, which is akin to Canadian bacon, for reference.

Cook the bacon in the oven

Yes, you can cook bacon in the oven, and yes, it will come out great. "Just watch out you do not burn the bacon, as it will result in a very chewy sandwich," Olayinka cautions. 

Start out by preheating your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it has warmed, place the bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast it on the middle rack for seven minutes, flipping the bacon over after four minutes have passed.

Once the bacon has cooked for the full seven minutes, retrieve the baking sheet and set the cooked meat aside.

Assemble your bacon butty sandwich

Next, toast the two slices of white bread in a standard toaster, aiming for a light toasting, not a dark browning of the bread. Now butter the toast on both sides, and then set the bread slices down side by side.

Next, layer the grilled bacon onto one of the two slices of bread, spread the ketchup on the other piece, and then close up the butty. Halve the sandwich to create two triangular pieces, then enjoy your little taste of England — no passport or plane tickets required. Your call on the tea or coffee.

Easy Bacon Butty Recipe
5 from 31 ratings
Butties are named for the butter traditionally slathered on a butty sandwich's toasted bread, and it might be the most popular item in the UK for breakfast.
Prep Time
0
minutes
Cook Time
7
minutes
Servings
1
sandwich
An Old Fashioned Bacon Butty on a plate
Total time: 7 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 2 slices of white bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Roast bacon on the middle oven rack for seven minutes, turning at 4 minutes.
  3. Toast the 2 slices of bread in a toaster. Butter the toast and set aside.
  4. Place the grilled bacon inside the two slices of bread, add the ketchup, then halve the sandwich.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 159
Total Fat 12.0 g
Saturated Fat 4.8 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 22.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 8.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 2.0 g
Sodium 256.6 mg
Protein 4.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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