Fried Egg, Avocado, And Cream Cheese

Remember the night you learned how much you like drinking rye Manhattans? After your fourth, you decided that you were somehow impervious to the effects of alcohol; that ordinary whiskey was no match for your perfectly-engineered metabolism, your stunning good looks, your piercing wit, and your Herculean strength and fighting prowess. But oh, woe is the next day, when your stomach is turning burny, acidy somersaults, and you wake up dreaming of nothing more delicious than a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, of filling your stomach with greasy, gentle, plain food.

Instead of making another sad bowl of buttered egg noodles, or punishing your digestive tract with two-for-one Cellulose McMuffins, try this sandwich, next time. It’s soothing. Creamy. Calming, even. It’s got lots of fat (both the good and the bad kind). It’s got a barely-medium-set egg. You could even add bacon to it, if you’d like. It will calm the fire within, and you’ll live to fight another day.

Fried Egg, Avocado, and Cream Cheese Sandwich
Makes 1 sandwich


  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced thinly
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Fry egg until yolk is just set, but still a tiny bit runny, about 2 minutes per side.
  2. Spread both slices of bread with cream cheese. Top with sliced avocado, and add fried egg. Close sandwich, and butter outside of both sides with remaining butter.
  3. Toast sandwich until golden brown, turning occasionally. Serve, and then take a nap.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road." He currently owns and operates the Ancho Honey restaurant in Maine.


  1. This reminds me of a sandwich on the menu at The New Zealander restaurant in our old hometown, Alameda, CA:

    The Aucklander 3 a.m. White Lady Special
    1/2lb burger cooked to your liking with all of the following. new zealand cheddar, ham slice, pineapple ring, over easy fried egg, pickled beet, tomatoes, grilled onions & garlic, w/baby greens

    Sadly, the restaurant closed before I had an opportunity to order one.

  2. Since we seem to be sharing… When I was living in Burlington, Vermont the best hangover cure was from Kountry Kart Deli (KKD to locals). The Rise N’ Shiner- normal egg and cheese with your choice of meat on a hamburger bun WITH a hashbrown patty inside. Inside!

    1. Completely unrelated followup comment: When we lived in CT, there was an ice cream shop called “Kelly’s Kone Konnection.” Which we always found a little odd.
      RELATED followup comment: Breakfast burger. Oh yes. It’s coming.

  3. This was a very tasty breakfast sandwich. I cheated and toasted the bread in a toaster and chopped up a soft boiled egg. That was a slightly faster and healthier approach. But next time I will follow the directions and fry the eggs and the bread. Thank you for this recipe.

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