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Fuel your Black Friday shopping with a turkey breakfast sandwich

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Turkey BAT
(bacon-avocado-tomato) Breakfast Sandwich with Cranberry Sauce

3 slices bacon

1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for roll or bun

1 brioche roll or English muffin, split

1/4 ripe avocado

1 slice sharp cheddar cheese

1 thin slice tomato

1 medium egg, fried over medium in bacon grease

4 thin slices cooked turkey

1 tablespoon cranberry sauce

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, and wipe skillet clean.

Fry egg over medium and set aside.

Toast roll or English muffin and lightly butter. Smear one side of roll or bun with cranberry sauce and set aside.

On the bottom of the English muffin or roll, layer in order: fried egg, cheese, tomato, bacon, turkey and avocado. Top with other half of roll and serve immediately.

A 3 a.m. wake-up call isn’t all that early for the true holiday shoppers. Most ardent bustlers have long sacrificed their Thanksgiving nights to land a place in line in sub-zero weather.

But for the majority of the population, Black Friday still requires an early kickoff to all of the shopping clamor.

The thermometer in your car might tell you it’s 24 degrees, but the numbness in your toes and the almost painful blasts of wind that slap your face tell you otherwise. Fellow customers are curt and often impolite, and you’re still reeling from a combination of a tryptophan headache and a pumpkin pie overdose.

It seems almost impossible to stomach the consequences of grabbing the season’s sales, but it’s also hard to break tradition.

Be prepared to brave the wild.

To battle all of the elements — snarky shoppers included — start your Black Friday morning with a square meal. A hearty breakfast will not only fuel your 12-hour shopping spree, but it will also take the edge off of that early morning rise.

A breakfast sandwich is the route to go. And this breakfast sandwich eases the transition from Thanksgiving’s elaborate smorgasbord by sampling some of its starring ingredients: turkey and cranberry sauce.

Stacked above a fried egg, cheddar cheese, tomato and bacon, leftover turkey brings in an extra schmear of protein. And when you adorn it with a slice of ripe avocado and a cranberry sauce-laced English muffin or brioche roll, this whole breakfast packages together in a deliciously extravagant, yet portable sandwich.

Even though cooked turkey may not be on the breakfast menu normally, it does bring a nice change-up to the daily menu. Lingering somewhere between a breakfast and lunch item — it could even be on a brunch menu for your holiday guests who have spent the night — it satisfies the beastliest of post-holiday cravings.

You’ve got the ingredients and you’ve already woken up early. Why not treat everyone in the house to a pleasant breakfast before you battle the Black Friday blues?



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