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Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich

A bacon egg and cheese sandwich is a breakfast sandwich made with bacon, eggs (typically fried or scrambled), cheese and bread, which may be buttered and toasted. Many similar sandwiches exist, substituting alternate meat products for the bacon or using different varieties of cheese or bread.Bacon, scrambled eggs and Swiss cheese on rye

The sandwich is often served as a breakfast item with coffee.  BEC is sometimes used as an acronym for the sandwich, as is BE&C.

Variations

Many variations on the theme exist.  Common choices for cheese include American, cheddar, and Swiss. The bacon can be substituted with many other types of preserved or seasoned meat like breakfast sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, or pork roll.  Similarly, a croissant, bagel, toast, biscuit, muffin (English), kaiser roll, or any other type of bread roll could be used as the bread for the sandwich.  The dish is also served as a burrito or taco.

Tomato is sometimes used as an addition. A more robust version includes a hash brown.

A version was adapted as a low carbohydrate meal.  The bacon egg and cheese sandwich has also been modified into Hot Pockets (170 calories and 7 grams of fat) and Lean Pockets (150 calories and 4.5 grams of fat). A sandwich has about 20 grams of fat and 350 calories.

Sonic Drive-In offers a bacon egg and cheese "toaster".  Arby’s offers a "Sourdough Bacon, Egg & Swiss" with 500 calories and 29 grams of fat. Burger King serves up a "Croissan'wich with Bacon, Egg & Cheese" (360 calories and 22 grams of fat) as well as a "Double Croissan'wich with Sausage, Bacon, Egg & Cheese" (610 calories and 46 grams of fat). In New Zealand and some parts of Australia a "Massive McMuffin" is offered with ketchup, bacon, egg, American cheese and two sausage patties.

Burger King’s offering of an "Enormous Omelette Sandwich" with two egg patties, two strips of bacon, two slices of cheese and a deep fried sausage patty was a controversial introduction that lives on in a modified recipe in Fast Food Fix By Devin Alexander.

In the trades

The sandwich is quite popular with those working in the trades. All manner of delis, bodegas and food trucks offer them made-to-order and for take-away in aluminum foil.

Health concerns

A health publication recommends leaving the sausage, bacon and other meats off breakfast sandwiches to save "200 or more calories and a chunk of saturated fat" and when indulging in the "grab-and-go" approach, choosing the Egg McMuffin as among the lowest in calories and fat.

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