I know for the big game it should be hot dogs, chili, chips, beer and that's just the start; Tess and I did something a tad different this year.

I found a great recipe, that I had never tried before, in my favorite magazine 'Real Simple'!  It's Spinach, Bacon and Fried Egg Salad...not super healthy but yummy. Since Tess Taylor loves bacon so much I decided to step outside the box and make something different for the yearly event.

Everything turned out great even though I had to use a few substitutes. Hope you give the salad a try and let me know what you think!

Spinach, Bacon, And Fried Egg Salad

  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 small baguette (torn into little pieces)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2  Tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 5 oz baby spinach

Just for the record I was unable to find fresh or dried chives so I used green onions. I think the dressing came out great, and no one would know if those items were swapped out.

Cook

Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium until crisp (5 to 7 minutes). Transfer bacon to a paper towel and save the dripping.

Add

Baguette pieces to drippings and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden brown and crisp (about 5 to 7 minutes). Transfer to bowl.

Add

1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Crack eggs onto skillet and cook until the whites are set, edges are crispy, and yolks are still runny (about 2 minutes). Transfer to a plate.

Combine

Buttermilk, sour cream, chives (in my case green onions) and the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, pepper, and salt in a small bowl.

Presentation

Divide the dressing among the plates, top with spinach, bacon, croutons and eggs.

Tess and I both do not enjoy our eggs runny so we decided to fry them, and the dish was incredibly tasty. Oh, and even though this dish is bacon based, each serving only has 401 calories!

What different and interesting foods did you either eat or make for the big game?