The Great British Bacon Butty - Bacon Sandwich

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 9mins


  • 2 -3
    slices back bacon, per person
  • 2
    slices of farmhouse bread, 1cm to 2cm thick, per person, OR
  • 1
    crusty roll, per person
  • butter (optional)
  • HP steak sauce (optional)


  • Cook the bacon under a preheated oven grill for seven minutes at about 240C/475F - turning half way through the cooking time.
  • Cook until crispy, but not burnt or too dry.
  • (You can also fry the bacon in a pan if you wish).
  • Butter the two slices of bread and place the grilled or fried bacon inside the two slices of bread to make a sandwich.
  • Add sauces to taste.
  • Enjoy!
  • The bread can also be toasted if you wish! And, you can make this sandwich with a crusty bread roll.
  • The Scientist's Formula:
  • Four researchers at the Department of Food Science at Leeds University in the UK spent more than 1,000 hours testing 700 variations on the traditional bacon sandwich.
  • They tried different types and cuts of bacon, cooking techniques, types of oil and a range of cooking times at different temperatures.
  • A shortlist was then tested with computers to measure the texture of each sandwich.
  • Fifty volunteers also judged each sandwich according to its taste, texture and flavour.
  • The formula is: N = C + {fb (cm) . fb (tc)} + fb (Ts) + fc . ta, where N=force in Newtons required to break the cooked bacon, fb=function of the bacon type, fc=function of the condiment/filling effect, Ts=serving temperature, tc=cooking time, ta=time or duration of application of condiment/filling, cm=cooking method, C=Newtons required to break uncooked bacon.