Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fried egg sandwich with truffles

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For someone who loves truffles above all other culinary extravagances, I'm having a hard time figuring out what to say about this extraordinary truffled fried egg breakfast sandwich.

Should I tell you that I go through a jar of truffle salt every few months? That I sprinkle it on scrambled eggs on the mornings I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and that it cures my grumpiness every single time?

Or that I keep grated black summer truffles in my freezer in tiny zip-top bags so I can pull them out and mix them into softened homemade butter all year long? (Recipe: How to make truffle butter)

Maybe you'd like to know that black summer truffles are more affordable than the winter varieties (which is why I plan my annual Trufflepalooza party for July - I may be extravagant, but I'm not dumb).

You probably want to hear about the foods with which truffles go well. Let's see: cheese, potatoes, rice, pasta, eggs, perfectly grilled filet mignon, wild mushrooms, corn, butter, radishes, honey. And probably other things too.

Let's just leave it at this: Make this fried egg sandwich. Make it today. For breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, or for a midnight snack. Toast rustic bread and smear it with good butter, or truffle butter if you have some. Sprinkle truffle salt over the melted provolone. If you're eating it with a fork, pierce the yolk and let it drip all over your plate, then use the bread to mop up the yellow goo and the tiny black bits of truffle mixed with salt. If you're eating it with your hands, make sure you're wearing a shirt you don't love too much, because that same yolk will squirt all over your front as soon as you bite into it.

Note: I use Safest Choice eggs when I make eggs with undercooked yolks. They're pasteurized in the shell, so there's no concern about salmonella. And if you think salmonella isn't a real threat, take a deep breath and click here to read about how my younger son almost died from salmonella. I love runny yolks, but in my house we take no chances. 

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Fried egg sandwich with truffles
Truffle salt takes an everyday fried egg sandwich from ho-hum to HOT.
  • 2 slices thick-cut rustic bread
  • 2 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • truffle salt
Toast the bread. Spread 1 Tbsp butter evenly between the slices.While the bread is toasting, heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Melt the remaining 1 Tbsp butter in the skillet. Crack the eggs into the pan. Cook about 2 minutes, then carefully flip the eggs and lay 1 slice of cheese on each egg. Cover the skillet and cook 1 minute. Slide one egg onto each piece of toast, then sprinkle generously with the truffle salt. Eat immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 sandwich


Christine said...

Just found your blog! Very nice and I like the recipes. I fell in love with truffles 9 years ago in Italy. Living in LA you'd think I could find truffles, but I've had no success. Any hints on where they're hiding? Thanks so much! I look forward to stopping in to see what you cook up in the future.

Kristy said...

Truffle salt...I've never heard of it. It sounds like I need to get some though - yum! And I need to look for these eggs too. The whole salmonella things terrifies me. I can't even begin to imagine what you went through - so glad that your little one is ok.

Erika Kerekes said...

Christine - welcome and thanks for the compliments. Bay Cities in Santa Monica usually has them in season (you have to ask), as does Surfas in Culver City (ditto). You might also try Cube Cafe & Marketplace on La Brea - call first.

Kristy - you can find truffle salt at most gourmet markets. Safest Choice eggs are starting to get wide distribution - their website at http://www.safeeggs.com/ has a list of retailers who carry them. My son is FINE now, luckily, a strapping 9-year-old with no permanent ill effects from the illness other than a strong dislike of hospitals (wise boy).

Diane said...

Wow. That looks really easy and wonderful. I'll be looking for Truffle salt. I don't usually shop at gourmet markets, so I'll have to keep my eyes open.

~ Chef Louise said...

honestly you didn't have to say anything to me about the sandwich - the name alone said it all. butter, toast, truffle, drippy egg? hello breakfast, let's run away together!

Monet said...

Smile. You are making me want to go out and indulge in some truffle goodness. I very rarely eat them, and I wish I had them more. This sandwich looks like a great way to introduce some truffles into my diet. Thanks for sharing your creative self with me tonight! I hope you have a beautiful day tomorrow.

Erika Kerekes said...

Diane - you can also mail-order truffle salt (and other truffle condiments) from Amazon.com, if that helps.

Louise - I know, right? I swoon over runny yolks these days.

Monet - you make ME smile every time you comment. I'm sorry I don't come back and comment on your blog as often as you appear here! I think of you often and hope life is getting easier for you....xoxoxoxo

Notcathy said...

Wow, that was great. I also do this fried egg sandwich but without truffles. because for me, fried egg sandwich is the simplest thing to do during breakfast if you are in hurry to go to office.. :)

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