If you saw this scene from the movie Spanglish, you too may have craved the sandwich Adam Sandler made. It was gooey and balanced, ideal for any time of day. My culinary goddess friend Julianne made it for me. And I am posting it today (a treat because it is a bonus Saturday post) because my baby Bumblebee is about to turn one and there were only two things I really missed when I was pregnant with him last year… cold smoked salmon and runny eggs. This sandwich has the runniest eggs ever!
Thomas Keller developed the Spanglish sandwich (recipe here), but I am giving you the basics on Julianne’s Vegetarian Gooey Egg Sandwich. Side note, I ate at one of Thomas Keller’s restaurants back when we lived in California and still dream about that meal.
Vegetarian Gooey Egg Sandwich
1/4 cup goat’s cheese
2 slices of toasted rustic bread
3/4 tbsp of mayo
2 tomato slices
6 leaves of arugula/rocket
1 teaspoon butter
1 large egg
1. Add the goat’s cheese to each slice of bread and put in the oven to warm or in a toaster oven on low. Remove after a minute or when the cheese looks gooey. Then spread the mayo on each piece. Then on just one slice of bread, top with one slice of tomato and three rocket leaves, leaving the other slice of tomato and rocket leaves for the top of the egg.
2. Warm the butter in a non-stick skillet then fry the egg sunny-side up style, but turn it over for a second before removing from pan to have it buttery and warm on both sides. You want the yolk to stay runny.
3. Transfer the egg to atop the tomato/rocket and place the other tomato slice and rocket leaves on top of that then finish off with the second piece of bread. Put the sandwich on a plate and slice it in half so the yolk leaks and runs down the sandwich.
4. Eat and enjoy without regard for how messy it is.
Optional variations: Add smashed avocado or crispy bacon for a phenomenal sandwich dimension.
Of course, if you love bacon, you can do the same thing but add bacon to the mix. This is what that would look like.
Happy birthday, Bumblebee. I love you more than runny eggs.