Fried Egg Sandwich 101

This is one of my all-time favorite meals – the egg sandwich.  I will eat it any time of day and any day of the week and the best part is dressing this simple food up with a variety of condiments, fruits, spreads, and vegetables. 

The most common way that I make a fried egg is to heat one of my cast iron skillets over medium-low heat until the handle is hot to the touch. I use just a light spray of olive oil.  Then, crack an egg into the pan and break the yolk with a turner.  If you want a sunny-side up egg, leave the yolk intact.  Cook 1-2 minutes per side, depending on your preferences.  I hate a crispy, dried edges egg, but also hate runny whites.  In other words, I stand guard over my cooking eggs, never leaving the pan.

In a pinch, a I will whisk one egg with a bit of almond milk in a bowl.  Then, microwave on high for 1:20 or till done.  Use a spatula to loosen egg and use in place of pan-cooked egg.  The egg can easily be sliced and diced to fit your needs.  This method works best for feeding hangry toddlers in the wee hours of the day, too.

Fried egg sandwich #1 – Tropics Theme.  Simply layer lettuce, slice avocado, and crushed pineapple on a slice of toasted bread.  Then, place cooked egg and melted cheese on second slice of bread.  Layer into a sandwich and enjoy.

Eric created and made this tropical infused fried egg sandwich and I was impressed with the complexity of textures and flavors in this combination.

Sandwich #2 – Spicy Avocado Fried Egg. My go-to fried egg sandwich is simple: slice avocado, a swirl of Sriracha, and a fried egg on toasted bread.

I used rye bread for this sandwich.  Never underestimate your choice of bread for a fried egg sandwich.

 
I love this and would wear it proudly.  

Sandwich #3 – Egg-in-a-Hole.  Start with a solid bread – something with a nice crust and a chewy interior is best.  We opted for dried tomato & cheddar from our favorite local bakery, Loaf.  Cut a hole in the center of the bread and either butter up with a spread, or spray the pan with olive oil.

Preheat the pan and place bread on hot pan.  Crack egg into hole in bread, cook 1-2 minutes per side, again depending on your preferences for eggs.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Meanwhile, prepare bed of lettuce on a plate.  Transfer cooked bread & egg onto bed of lettuce and drizzle with Sriracha.  This is an easy and elegant brunch or breakfast.  Breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day anyone?

Sandwich #4 – Hard Boiled & Mustard.  Place eggs in a sauce pan, submerged completely with cold water, place pan on stove and turn on heat to high.  When water reaches boiling, turn water down to medium high and boil for 10 minutes.  Drain water, rinse and soak in ice water completely to prevent the yolks turning greenish.  Peel and slice.

Toast wheat bread slices, layer with lettuce.  Place sliced eggs on top of lettuce.  Mix in a small bowl 1-2 tablespoons of mayo with 1-2 tablespoons of stone ground mustard and a few dashes of hot sauce.  Spread mustard mixture over top of eggs.

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