This morning on North Dakota Today, Tony shared one of our favorite breakfast recipes: the easy-to-make but oh, so delicious, One-Pan Fried Egg Sandwich.
This breakfast sandwich was first featured in a post I wrote last December, inspired by the goodies I’d brought home from a recent trip to the (now-closed) Green Market. Tony fell in love with this sandwich, not only for its taste, but also for its simplicity. All of the components for this sandwich can be prepared with one pan and a toaster. What’s not to like?
Originally, this sandwich was made with fennel bread from the Green Market, but we haven’t been able to find any bread close to that since they closed last spring. So we turned to our friend, Lisa Lee Sawyer, for her recommendation.
Lisa Lee is a marvelous cook and baker. When she’s not busy with her other passion as a a Doctor of Music at Concordia College, Lisa Lee bakes all of her own bread, each loaf a treat of its own. We knew she would be able to tell us where to get a good loaf of bread for Tony’s appearance on North Dakota Today..
Turns out, she did us one better. She decided to experiment with fennel, and ended up making us several loaves of her very own fennel bread. Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe this bread – to say that we could taste the love in every bite would be an understatement.
This is what we love about living in the world of food: It’s a world that encourages sharing, and an open-mindedness to try new foods and recipes. Food is a universal language, one that every person speaks in her own way.We feel blessed to have a friend like Lisa Lee in our lives, and thank her for sharing her culinary talent and passion for good food with us.
When we don’t have Lisa Lee’s artisanal breads at home we will usually pay a visit to Breadsmith to see what they have in their daily selection, but any good toasting bread will work.
Everything but the toast is made in one pan, but if you use a large pan or griddle you could cook everything together, including the bread. This sandwich is healthy, delicious, and loaded with the vitamins, protein and nutrients you need to start your day off right. Enjoy!
2 pieces of good bread, toasted or griddled and buttered (we love to use artisanal fennel, sourdough, rye or whole wheat English muffins)
1 slice Canadian bacon
1 heaping cup fresh spinach leaves, washed
1 slice American cheese (any cheese with good melting properties will work)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in medium sauté pan over medium-high heat for a minute or two. Crack the egg and tilt the pan to keep the egg from spreading around. Use a rubber spatula to push the edges back toward the center if necessary.
Cook for about a minute and then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for three to four minutes, until the whites are opaque and the yolk is slightly firm. Flip the egg over and add the spinach and Canadian bacon to the pan.
Pop the sliced bread into the toaster at this time, and butter each piece as soon as it is done. Set aside until ready to use.
Continue to cook for two to three minutes, until the yolk has reached your desired consistency (longer for over-hard, shorter for over-medium), keeping an eye on the spinach and Canadian bacon.
Flip the egg right-side up again and season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn the Canadian bacon over and cook for another minute. Place the slice of cheese on top of the egg, turn the Canadian bacon over and allow everything to cook for another minute or two, until the cheese has melted, the spinach has wilted, and both sides of the Canadian bacaon are lightly browned.
Place the fried egg on a piece of buttered toast, add the Canadian bacon, then the spinach, and sit back to enjoy this quick, easy and delicious breakfast sandwich!
You can find Tony online at www.thelostitalian.com, on Twitter at @thelostitalian, on Facebook at Sarello’s & The Lost Italian page, and always at Sarello’s Restaurant in downtown Moorhead!
Sarello’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge
28 Center Mall Avenue
Moorhead, MN 56560
Just north of the Center Mall Parking Ramp