Saturday, July 5, 2008

a saturday morning egg sandwich

as i've mentioned before, i infrequently plan for breakfast. when my husband was in law school it felt like the only meal we always ate together, but now we almost never make a full-fledged proper breakfast. usually what happens is what happened this morning:
me: want some breakfast?
he: yeah, what've we got?
me: well, we've got eggs...
he: but no bacon.
me: right. and we've got potatoes...
he: but no bread.
me: ok. i've got an idea...i'll be right back.
and so, as with most good things, this sandwich was born of necessity. enjoy.

2 ciabatta rolls
2 - 4 tablespoons prepared pesto
1/2 a large ball of fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
4 eggs
handful of basil, torn or sliced
olive oil
salt and pepper

slice the ciabatta rolls and drizzle the cut sides with olive oil. toast these in a very hot pan for about 5 minutes, until they start to turn golden. remove and set aside. spread one side of the roll (or both, if you prefer) with the pesto evenly.
heat more olive oil in the same pan and then fry the eggs to your liking, as you can see from the photo we went runny (aka over easy), being sure to salt and pepper the eggs. place two eggs on top of the pesto on the bottom half of the roll. add the mozzarella cheese on top of the eggs, and then sprinkle with the basil. place the top of the roll on and enjoy!

depending on what you have in your pantry/fridge/freezer you could add more or less to this. you could put a thick slice of tomato on, you could replace the mozzarella with another cheese (gouda or fontina perhaps) and you could always add meat of some sort. as it is, it's the perfect summer breakfast. it's not heavy at all, which makes it very refreshing.


ChichaJo said...

This looks heavenly! I know what you mean...I recently made a breakfast using eggs and pesto too, atop a risotto patty made with leftover risotto!

Becky said...

there is nothing better than an oozing egg yolk. unless it's bread and pesto. yum!

Hillary said...

Necessity? I wouldn't be able to tell! It looks downright intentional and delicious!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

This is worth getting up early for on a Saturday.

Courtney said...

chichajo - thanks so much, mmm, the thought of adding risotto into this is wonderful! i'll stop by and check out the recipe!

becky - i totally agree, i love egg yolk, and these eggs were fresh and free range from my local farmers market, the yolks were just so...YELLOW!

hillary - lol, well thanks so much! it's the perfect example of a fridge i guess it's a good thing that i had this all on hand.

[eatingclun] vancouver || js - thanks so much, i appreciate it. my husband totally agrees with you!

Jen said...

I don't think I've ever mentioned how lovely it is that you have a tag for "vegetarian." Because let's face it... I still am one!

Kevin said...

That sandwich looks really good!