Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich

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Author Notes: Many years ago, I read an article about how to properly fry an egg (on low heat) and it described this egg sandwich. The decadence is due to the amount of butter used for 1 egg. I love the complex salty flavor from the anchovy; this is an occasional treat for those times I feel like indulging myself.HalfPint

Food52 Review: WHO: HalfPint is a financial analyst — and a killer cook — who calls San Francisco home.
WHAT: Your favorite breakfast sandwich, but better.
HOW: Slow-cook a fried egg, then melt an anchovy in the same butter and drag your toast through it. Pour coffee. Dig in.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Egg sandwiches are classic, but HalfPint builds on that with an unapologetic knob of butter, anchovy, and a new method for frying your egg. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it this way all along.
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Serves 1

  • 1 extra large or jumbo egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, and more as needed
  • 2 bread slices, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 anchovy fillet or 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  1. In a medium to large fry pan, melt the butter on low heat. Crack in the egg and gently cook until the white is firm. This could take about 15 minutes. Gently turn over the egg and cook another 5 minutes or longer depending on how cooked you like the yolk. Transfer egg to a warm plate, cover to keep warm.
  2. There should be a small puddle melted butter left in the fry pan. Add more if it looks dry -- you will want at least a thin coating of butter in the pan. Add anchovy and stir it into the butter, breaking it up. Cook about 1 minute.
  3. Increase the heat to medium high. Place bread slices on top of the anchovy butter and fry for about 1 minute or until golden. Fry one side only (you could fry both sides, but it makes a messy sandwich to eat).
  4. Place the egg in between the fried bread (with fried side facing inward). Add a sprinkling of ground black pepper if you like. Serve immediately.
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6 months ago George H

The bread looked pan-fried.

Had my grilled cheese sandwich (I make my own rye bread) with sardine and avocado. Would say it was equally good.

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7 months ago charles Moore

Don't you think that the use of "decadent" to describe a dish is tired, overused, hackneyed and ready to be retired?

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7 months ago Jeff Lopes

Tried it for breakfast this morning, added a little Crystal pepper sauce for something acidic to offset the richness. Tasty and so easy.

Baci1

7 months ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

Yes, a little hot pepper sauce is not a bag addition at all.

Baci1

7 months ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

oops. sorry that should be 'bad'.

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7 months ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm amazed I'm just now seeing this for the first time. It reminds me I need to bake bread! I'm such an anchovy lover I've been known to make anchovy sandwiches. This truly does sound SO decadent.

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7 months ago David Lumpkin

Am I the only one that thinks 20 minutes is a bit long to cook an egg?

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7 months ago AntoniaJames

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Over very low heat? No. But I agree, you'd want to make sure the heat was very low, monitoring it closely, lest the egg become rubbery.

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8 months ago fiveandspice

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I've had my eye on this one. Can't wait to give it a try! Congrats on being a finalist!

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8 months ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

Thanks, fiveandspice!

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8 months ago EmilyC

Congrats HalfPint! It's nice being in the finalist circle with you! I LOVE fried egg sandwiches (we have them often during the harried work week) and I can't wait to try this version. Yum!

Baci1

8 months ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

Thank you, EmilyC! I feel I'm in good company too. Can't wait to try your recipe.

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9 months ago AntoniaJames

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Sounds divine -- totally my kind of food -- so I'm adding it to my must-try-posthaste collection. Congratulations!! ;o)

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8 months ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

Thanks, AJ! This sandwich is my type of food too. Like vrunka wrote: simple, straightford and so tasty.

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9 months ago vrunka

woo-wee! this sounds fabulous!

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8 months ago vrunka

I just made this as a (unusually decadent) late night snack. wow! Simple, straightforward and so tasty!

Baci1

8 months ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

@vrunka, isn't it so good?! Definitely not just breakfast food. I've made this for lunch, dinner and midnight munchies too ;)

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9 months ago healthierkitchen

congrats, half pint. Eggs and anchovies are a great combo!

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9 months ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

Thank you, healthierkitchen!

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9 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Half Pint, there is nothing better than a fried egg sandwich and you have raised the bar with your sandwich, congratulations.

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9 months ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

Awww, Suzanne, you always have such kind words for my recipes. Thank you!

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9 months ago cheesypennies

Wow, does this sound amazing.