The World’s Greatest Sandwich – BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese by Thomas Keller
I am sure there are bigger and better sandwiches out there, but this one is pretty darn good. On days Stacie and I work together, we often try and make a quick lunch together to get us through the day and give ourselves a little break from staring at our computer screens. Plus, we love cooking together and will take any excuse to do it. We have a new challenge for ourselves – to come up with quick 10-20 minute meals that take minimum effort/time, but are super delicious.
This sandwich, I first encountered years ago, while watching the movie Spanglish. Adam Sandler’s chef character whipped it together in a jiffy and washed it down it with a beer. And I remember thinking – “that is a GOOD sandwich, why did I never think of that myself?” I watched the scene twice, wrote the components down, but never made the sandwich till recently. Everything Keller touches is gold and this sandwich is way more than the sum of it’s parts. I am pretty sure the munchkins would agree, had we saved them any.
BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich
by Thomas Keller via Food and Wine Magazine
Thomas Keller’s scrumptious recipe combines three of the world’s most popular sandwiches—bacon, lettuce and tomato; fried egg; and grilled cheese.
- 4 thick slices of bacon (we used ham – but I am sure bacon is better)
- 2 slices of Monterey Jack cheese
- 2 thick slices of rustic white bread, toasted and hot (used whole wheat bread)
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 4 tomato slices
- 2 leaves of butter lettuce (we used arugula)
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- In a skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
- Set the Monterey Jack slices on 1 piece of toast. Spread the mayonnaise on the other slice of toast, then top with the bacon, tomato and lettuce.
- In a small, nonstick skillet, melt the butter. Add the egg and fry over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp around the edge, about 4 minutes; the yolk should still be runny. Slide the egg onto the lettuce; close the sandwich and eat right away.
Below is a neat little video of the amazing Keller teaching Adam Sandler how to make this sandwich. It’s a joy watching him work.