Monday, November 25, 2013

Open-Faced Fried Egg Sandwiches

Open-Faced Fried Egg Sandwiches
One thing that made me fall in love with my husband was his ability to cook.  I had never had a man cook for me before.  I grew up in a family where my dad could only make toast.  Then I meet this cute, charming guy who made steak, and chicken, and duck!  They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but I think that's the way to a woman's heart too.

My husband instinctively knows what flavors go well together.  He can make some fancy things, but sometimes it's the simplest things that mean the most.

When we were engaged, just a couple months before our wedding, I met most of his family for the first time at a family reunion in Tennessee.  His aunt had rented a big house in the country by a river.  His family was really welcoming, and I had a great time getting to know them, but spending time with my then fiance at a beautiful house in the fall while the trees were changing color was quite nice as well.

By the river in Tennessee
My Cute, Charming Chef in Tennessee
One highlight of that trip was when my husband (then fiance) made fried egg sandwiches for breakfast.  He made them just for him and me.  I think he used french bread, real butter, full fat cheese, bacon and of course, eggs.  There wasn't anything low cal in the rental house kitchen.  I had never had a fried egg sandwich before.  I'm not sure if I had ever even had a fried egg before.  I specialized in scrambled eggs and omelets.

Fried Egg Sandwiches in Tennessee

We ate outside on the deck overlooking the river.  It was just perfect.  The sandwich was so good, and every time I eat a fried egg sandwich, I'll always picture that wonderful morning in Tennessee when my then fiance made me breakfast for the first time.

My husband has made dozens of fried egg sandwiches for me since then, and I've even made a few myself.  We usually use healthier items like Whole Wheat Bread, and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray.  Most recently, my husband made me an Open-Faced Fried Egg Sandwich a couple days ago.  Here's the recipe so you can treat your own loved ones to a special breakfast treat.  This recipe is for 1 sandwich.  Multiply it for multiple sandwiches.

Open-Faced Fried Egg Sandwiches

1 slice Whole Wheat Bread
1 egg
1/2 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
salt & pepper
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray
Pam Butter Flavor Spray

Spray a small frying pan or pot with Pam and heat to medium.  Crack the egg in the pan.  Sprinkle salt & pepper on the egg.  When the egg just starts to cook on the bottom, pierce the yolk and let it run, but don't scramble.  Let the egg cook until it's no longer runny.

Carefully flip the egg over.  Sometimes it helps to put a spatula under the egg, get the egg to slide, and tip the pan on its side.  Once the egg is flipped over, sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Cook 1 minute more.

Toast the bread.  Spray with butter spray.  Sprinkle half of the cheese on the toast.  Top with the egg and remaining cheese.

Cut the sandwich in half if desired, and breakfast is served!  As we did in Tennessee, you can add a side of fruit for a well-rounded meal.

Happy eating!

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