B.E.L.T., My Style

I can’t believe that I’m doing a birthday post today! That just shows that I really don’t have much going on in my life except for family stuff (not that it doesn’t keep me busy already).

I didn’t aspire to make anything for myself: no fancy cakes, no elaborate dishes, no five-star meals. In fact, I am quite pleased to just sit around on “my day” with a plate of such a comforting sandwich, like this B.E.L.T. Simple pleasures. That’s how I roll today.

But of course, it just had to be done – make the sandwich a Jen version, that is. My take on the B.E.L.T.? Guanciale bacon (only pork jowl bacon will do!), fried egg, leafy micro greens, and fresh tomatoes. And don’t think I’d forget the gooey, oozy mozzarella cheese on top! Oops, I sneaked in some basil pesto in there, too!

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B.E.L.T., My Style
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Recipe Type: Sandwich
  • loaf of crusty sourdough bread, sliced about ¼- or ½-inch thick
  • basil pesto, homemade or store-bought (optional)
  • guanciale bacon, thinly sliced
  • eggs, preferably free-run or free-range
  • micro greens (pea shoots, arugula, broccoli, sunflower)
  • beefsteak tomatoes, sliced about ¼-inch thick
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. Choose uniform pairs of sourdough bread slices and spread one side with basil pesto.
  2. Put oven on 475 F broil. Prepare a rack over a pan lined with aluminum foil (to catch the fat). Place bacon in a single layer over rack and broil up to desired crispness. Drain over paper towels and repeat until all your bacon is cooked.
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. When hot, crack egg and fry until the edges are crisp and the whites are cooked. If desired, flip over the egg for 10 to 15 seconds to partially cook the yolk.
  4. To assemble, place guanciale bacon on the bread slice going on the bottom.
  5. Add tomatoes on top, then add a fried egg on top, and finally finish with micro greens.
  6. Place the other bread to cover sandwich. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese on top, and broil on 475 F until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Serve immediately.


  • Reply September 9, 2012

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Happy Birthday to you! Beautiful sandwich – sometimes you just want pure comfort :).

  • Looks like a perfect sandwich! Happy birthday, Jen!! Wishing you a wonderful year filled with good health, lots of laughter, and mouth-watering food!

  • Happy Happy Birthday! This is a PERFECT birthday treat! Love it! Stunning photos!!

  • Reply September 9, 2012


    Happy Birthday, yum! thanks for sharing such a beauty, of a sandwich, on your special day:-)

  • Reply September 9, 2012

    Phenomenal Mama

    Happy Birthday! I wouldn’t mind bacon substituting for MY birthday cake, either!:)

  • Reply September 10, 2012


    Happy Birthday Jen! Sounds like a great comfort food to have on your birthday, I’m like you I don’t need anything fancy anymore just family and friends oh and maybe a white sand beach :)

  • Reply September 10, 2012

    Choc Chip Uru

    Happy birthday my friend 😀
    Sometimes the simple way is the best way to go as you prove!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Reply September 10, 2012

    Jen @ Savory Simple

    Happy Birthday! Those micro greens are just gorgeous in this recipe.

  • Reply September 10, 2012


    Drool-worthy sandwich – perfect for your special day! :) Now, take a break and relax!

  • Reply September 10, 2012

    amy @ fearless homemaker

    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day. =)

  • Reply September 10, 2012


    Yes! Yes! and Yes. Brilliant combo. I wish it were my birthday. GREG

  • Reply September 10, 2012

    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    OMG! This is like the best sandwich ever! Happy Birthday!

  • Reply September 10, 2012

    Megan @ girl by the lake

    First off, happy birthday! Sounds like you had a fantastic day!

    This sandwich that you happen to call a B.E.L.T. is just absolute amazingness. I would eat this in about three seconds. Mainly because I have an affinity for bacon, cheese, pesto, tomatoes, micro greens, and (oh my gosh) friend eggs (it’s the southerner in me!). Amazing, AMAZING post!

  • Reply September 10, 2012

    Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers

    I think I like your version of birthday food. It’s inviting me to take a bite. God, that looks delicious! Happy birthday Jen!

  • Reply September 11, 2012

    Lora @cakeduchess

    Another Virgo friend-yay! Happy Birthday, beautiful lady. I hope your day was as wonderful as you. This sandwich looks like my kind of way of celebrating. My mother-in-law makes her own guanciale in Italy. Such a great idea to make a B.E.L.T.;)

  • Reply September 11, 2012


    Happy Birthday!! Today of all days, you should get to do what YOU want to do, whether it be laidback, or as fancy as you want it to be. There’s too much pressure to make a big celebration out of things; sometimes you feel the happiest doing the simpler things right, like this sandwich!

  • Hope you had a great birthday. This sandwich looks incredible!

  • Reply September 12, 2012

    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Happy B-day again! I hope you had a fantastic day with family (which happens to me too). I need to figure out what Guanciale bacon is. I have everything in the fridge besides this special bacon (I only have applewood bacon). Looks so delicious and beautiful and I’m excited to start eating again!

  • Reply September 12, 2012

    wok with ray

    Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m late for the party again!! :( Happy birthday Jen! :) I hope you had a wonderful special day! :) Oh boy, look what you did to this sandwich. You are very creative and very stylish, young lady.

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    joey @ 80 Breakfasts

    Happy birthday!! Wishing you all the best! That is one awesome sandwich…I wish guanciale was more available here!

  • Reply September 13, 2012

    Barbara | Creative Culinary

    Gorgeous. Mouth Watering too…which is because it’s so gorgeous but also so unfair. I have not had breakfast yet. Cheerios just aren’t looking so good anymore! Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

  • Reply September 14, 2012

    Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!!!!!
    Your BELT look AMAZING! Def. my kind of sandwich and I want that on my birthday too…who needs a cake:)
    Stunning mouthwatering pictures, Jen!
    Happy Friday to you and your fam…enjoy!

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  • Reply September 16, 2012


    Happy Belated Birthday, Jen! (It’s always good to know another fellow Virgo.) xo

    You somehow manage to make everything beautiful. Even a potentially messy sandwich! Lovely…and every bit as scrumptious, I’m sure. :)

  • Reply September 17, 2012


    What a beautiful sandwich! Looks so simple and super-delish!
    Love it!

    And Happt Birthday, too :)

  • Reply September 17, 2012

    meatballs & milkshakes

    Amazing looking egg sandwich! I want one tomorrow morning!

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  • Reply September 21, 2012


    That is the most gorgeous BLT that I have seen! Ever. Beautiful and delicious.

  • Reply September 21, 2012

    Jean | Lemons and Anchovies

    Happy Belated Birthday, Jen. This is my kind of sandwich–this looks wonderful!

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