Bacon Butty (Sandwich) – Ode to the British Hangover

January 15, 2014 , In: Breakfast, Other , With: 5 Comments

bb final textThis post is a continuation on the series of my favourite British eats in honour of my new nephew Charlie born in London.  In last week’s post I paid homage to Sticky Toffee Pudding.  This week… Bacon Butty (or Bacon Sandwich) but first…

So how exactly did a girl living in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan meet a London lad?  Well, it all started innocently enough when she came to visit me.  I think this may be the first time they met – out to eat at Gallipoli on Upper Street in Islington with another friend who was visiting.

First Night

That’s my sister right and far back and her husband right and closest to the camera.

And then the next night turned into this at Favela Chic, in Shoreditch.


Melissa barSo, that is not her husband on the left.  Her (now) husband is actually cropped out of the picture because he looked so drunk I didn’t think he would really appreciate if I published the photo for all to see.  Anyways, it all turned out well, as now they have this sweet little boy.

Newborn Charlie

Isn’t he cute!

But back to that night… which takes us to a very hungover morning.  Hence, the bacon butty – the british hangover cure.  Now, Brits take their bacon sandwiches very seriously.  If you go to London newspaper The Guardian and search Bacon Butty it pulls up articles titled: How to eat: a bacon sandwich, How to cook the perfect bacon sandwich, and How to make the perfect bacon sandwich.  Wow.  Clearly with so much scrutiny my Canadian version will inevitably not be the perfect version, but it’s pretty good, and frankly it’s a bit hard to mess up a bacon sandwich.

bb baconI took a few things away from my bacon sandwich research:

-bacon rashers, and not streaky bacon, are usually used.  3 is the optimal number

-toasted white bread


And that’s pretty much it.  Many places said butter was the only condiment but I always remembered brown sauce (HP sauce) and I think it tastes perfect.

bb breadSo that’s it.  OK – it’s not healthy but every once in a while I think it’s OK – especially the morning after you’ve met your future husband, and are dying of a hangover!

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Bacon Butty (Sandwich)
Recipe type: sandwich
Cuisine: British
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
A recipe for a simple bacon sandwich.
  • -3 rashers bacon, fried
  • -white bun, toasted
  • -butter
  • -HP sauce
  1. Place your fried rashers on the buttered white bun.
  2. Put a smear of HP sauce on the bun.
  3. Cut in half and enjoy



  1. Reply

    Love that you’re doing a tour of British eats… especially since this one has bacon in it. Who can resist bacon, really?

  2. Reply

    As a recovering vegetarian and a current pregnant mama, this. looks. delish! Bring on the Bacon Butty. And congrats on the newest addition to your family, Michelle! ~Harmony

      • Michelle
      • January 16, 2014

      It is, and it’s easy and fits so many cravings – fat, carbs, salt…! Thanks Harmony!

  3. Reply

    Bacon butties were my favourite breakfast as a kid. My mom is British but she always put thick tomato slices in them, which I love to this day!

      • Michelle
      • January 16, 2014

      Oh thick tomato slices – getting a bit of healthy in there! Yeah – it’s definitely a good breakfast!!

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Michelle Little

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Originally from the prairies and now in Montreal, I love exploring new places, eating great food and modern design. I'm mom of two wild things and paper and cake make me happy. Photographing your cutie family would make me very happy.

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