What’s For Breakfast? Portobello Bacon Avocado Breakfast Sandwich 19


UPC’s Portobello Bacon Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

Believe it or not: I didn’t wear a suit today. I know, it’s shocking, right? That wasn’t tongue in cheek – it really is shocking! Today is the first day in almost a year that I’ve been to work without a suit. Well, admittedly I did go to work in a pair of good jeans, a tie, french cuffs, and a vest; on two occasions. It’s an interesting feeling for me. I almost feel under-dressed, though I fit in perfectly with my colleagues here. I was overdressed before. Despite being overdressed, according to the work environment, I actually like wearing a suit. I’ve been in more jobs than not where wearing a suit was normal, so I’m quite comfortable with my suits every day. Shoot: I even run to the ferry in the mornings with my suit on; if that’s not a statement of comfort, I don’t know what is!

I woke up yesterday morning feeling energized and excited. I ended up coming up with three really great recipes, and I started marinating some ribs for a fourth! It was an amazing day for me! The other side of that, of course, was that my wife got to enjoy my culinary adventures, with only the minor annoyance of having to wait while I took pictures. She jokingly said to me:

I’m going to post on Facebook that there actually IS a downside to having a Foodie Blogger for a husband: You have to wait while he takes pictures of the food before eating…

I commiserate. She’s not the only one waiting! As much as I love this blog, I have to be honest and point out that, at least once a week I devour my food before the thought of “Oh, right, I should take a photo for the blog” manages to weasel it’s wait into my head… From time to time I post an apology note on Twitter, to the tune of “I just had _____, and it was awesome… Sorry, forgot to take pics!” That happened yesterday with some St. Louis style slow-cooked ribs that I put together for lunch. They were so delicious, I just forgot to take pictures! Fortunately, I didn’t forget the pictures of this breakfast sandwich!


As I said: This is a real sandwich!

UPC’s Portobello Bacon Avocado Sandwich; What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb Bacon (Only the best!)
  • Avocado, 2 thick slices
  • Lettuce, several leaves (or some other greens)
  • 2 Portobello Mushrooms

Serves: 1
Cook and Prep Time: 35 minutes (Same total time for 2-4)


1. Cut the bacon strips in half, and cook them, covered, as you like them.
Note: I like my bacon slightly chewy, so I cook them covered for about 20 minutes on medium heat.

2. Remove the bacon and let it drain on a plate.

3. Pour off most of the bacon grease (for use some other time!) and put the pan back on the heat to keep hot.

4. Slice the stem of the Portobello mushroom caps off, so that the whole cap is flat and level.

5. Cook the Portobello mushroom caps in the bacon pan for about 2 minutes on medium heat.


6. Put the caps on a plate, stack the lettuce, avocado, bacon, and the top cap on. In that order.

Serve, and enjoy!



  • What do you wear to work?
  • Do you match your attire, generally, to your co-workers?
  • Do you try to keep yourself looking like a well-dressed professional at all times?
  • Is “well-dressed professional” a match for your workplace? Or would it be out of place?
  • Should I do this with eggs next? Tomato? A caramelized tomato glaze or chutney?
  • What kind of bacon is your favorite commercial brand?
  • Is your bacon good enough that you re-use the grease?
  • Do you use Portobello Mushrooms for buns with your burgers, breakfast sandwiches, etc.?

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19 thoughts on “What’s For Breakfast? Portobello Bacon Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

    • urbanpaleochef Post author

      Awesome!! I’m so excited that you gave it a try!!
      Amusingly: I found the juices of the mushroom-bun to be the most appetizing part! I was licking my fingers while I was eating it the same way I used to lick the cone of an ice-cream on a hot day! I loved it!!

        • urbanpaleochef Post author

          I read that when it came out – it looked great! I think the sauteed onions probably added a lot of the juices/sauce that made it not work as a sandwich…
          The cheese was a nice touch! I still occasionally eat cheese (only the really good stuff!). But I try to keep it mostly out of my posts. Unless it’s specialty stuff – then I’ll share it!!

        • urbanpaleochef Post author

          Nope, this would be only one meal. I’m pretty careful to choose the lowest sugar options in the grocery store, since sugar is definitely the biggest factor in anyone’s health challenges. As long as I keep my sugar intake low, I’m comfortable eating what my body wants, including potentially a half pound of bacon per meal. Obviously, I don’t eat the same thing for every meal… Then I’d have nothing to post! But I do manage my body’s needs carefully by paying attention to my cravings, and addressing the underlying needs.

          • Mike Czechowski

            Wow! So you’re saying sugar (for one thing) is absolutely “the bomb”, health wise, and a half pound of bacon every now & then is nowhere near as bad for you as a typical American’s sugar intake?

          • urbanpaleochef Post author

            That is definitely what I’m saying! I’d caution to be careful of the bacon you’re choosing. The cheap stuff (almost all name-brands) contain ingredients that I avoid like the plague (in all food, not just the commercial bacons). Check out my “Bacon Project” page for more details on why, and how, to avoid these ingredients. I love bacon, and definitely work to share that love with others! :)

    • urbanpaleochef Post author

      Hi Marjorie, I don’t keep track of calories when I eat, and I don’t think that they’re a useful marker for other people either. So here on my blog, I don’t worry about calculating calories or posting them. In my opinion, a much better piece of information is how many grams of carbs are in a meal. If you can keep track of your sugar and carb intake, and keep those low, you’ll probably do quite well! :)
      I hope that helps you!

  • Joan kimmel

    Hi…this recipe looks amazing…can’t wait to try it.One question..did you remove the gills of the mushroom before cooking?
    Thanks a lot for this terrific looking meal.

    • urbanpaleochef Post author

      Great question! I understand that people often decide that they want to remove the gills – I almost never do. It just seems like an unnecessary extra step… But now that you’ve asked, I will definitely have to give it a try and see if it affects the flavor!