Bacon, Egg and Pesto Sandwiches

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

8 slices thick-cut bacon

1/2 cup pine nuts

4 garlic cloves (see Cook?s Note)

2 cups lightly packed basil leaves, stems removed

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan, plus more for sprinkling

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 croissants or your favorite bread

4 large eggs

Nonstick cooking spray

Directions

Special equipment:
4 egg rings
  1. Preheat the broiler. Line a broiler pan or baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place the bacon on the pan and broil until the bacon begins to brown and shrivel, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the bacon, and continue to cook until crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes depending on how hot your broiler is. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly toast the pine nuts by heating them in a medium dry skillet set over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently, until they just begin to turn golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Keep an eye on them, because they toast pretty quickly.
  4. Combine the toasted pine nuts and garlic in a food processor or blender until a paste forms. Add the basil and continue processing until a creamy, green paste has formed. With the motor running, slowly pour in 1/2 cup olive oil, processing until the oil is fully incorporated. Transfer the paste to a bowl and fold in 1 cup Parmesan with a rubber spatula. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Split the croissants and broil on a baking sheet until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.
  6. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Spray 4 egg rings with cooking spray. Put the rings in the skillet and crack 1 egg into each rings. Cover the skillet to trap the steam and cook until the eggs set, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Spread the pesto on the cut sides of each croissant. Place 2 slices of bacon on each croissant, top with an egg and sprinkle with more Parmesan. Enjoy!

Cook’s Note

Not all garlic cloves are the same size; if you have a really large garlic clove, use just one in the place of two smaller cloves.

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