One-Pot Wonders

The Perfect Egg Ciabatta Sandwich

September  3, 2014
3 Ratings
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

My boyfriend’s stepfather was known for his Caribbean-style, lemon-soaked, pepper-crusted bacon. This bacon made my heart sing and added a ferocious zing to my eggy, cheesy sandwich. If I had any business sense or any money, I’d open a weekend stand and sell only this sandwich! I urge you to try it on a sunny Sunday morning with some iced coffee. —Dorie Colangelo

Test Kitchen Notes

Totally as good as it seems. For me, the crusty roll was too much bread for the filling, so I'll consider adding another egg next time. The lemony bacon is a cool technique, and this is a super tasty recipe. —Stephanie Bourgeois

What You'll Need
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 2 to 4 strips uncooked bacon
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small roll (ciabatta, french or italian bread, something chewy and crusty)
  • Coarse salt
  • 3 to 4 thin slices of Manchego cheese
  • 1 small handful arugula
  1. Squeeze the lemon into a small bowl and set it aside. Add the bacon to a dry pan over medium heat, cook halfway to well done, add in the lemon juice -- and stand back! Cook until well done and crispy all over, then crack a generous amount of black pepper on top and transfer the bacon to paper towels. Set it aside.
  2. Coat a separate small pan with some of the remaining bacon grease using a paper towel and carefully crack an egg into the pan over low heat. When the whites are almost completely cooked through but the yolk is still runny, remove the egg from the pan and place it on the bottom half of the roll, sprinkling some salt on top of the egg.
  3. Top the egg with the cheese, then the bacon, then the greens. Close it up and enjoy immediately.
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7 Reviews

Ticketytwo November 27, 2014
Nom nom! Made this for thanksgiving breakfast. Didn't have machego(which I love) so I used extra sharp cheddar which was delicious. The bacon! So good!!
Dorie C. December 1, 2014
Hi Ticketytwo, I love that you made this for T-giving breakfast! Yummers!
Dorie C. September 25, 2014
Thanks to Stephanie Bourgeois for testing out this recipe. I love the suggestion of more egg or less/different bread. I look forward to trying different variations, yum!
AntoniaJames September 25, 2014
Oh, my! I'm not a runny-yolk person but this seriously could get me at least to try it, and perhaps convert me. Congrats on the Community Pick. Well done! ;o)
Dorie C. September 25, 2014
Hi Antonia! I think this sandwich would be just as tasty with a fully cooked egg. This tasty bacon will outshine the egg either way, haha:)
cucina D. September 4, 2014
i love this... cannot wait to try the lemon soaked pepper bacon. Very well done and beautiful photo too :)
Dorie C. September 4, 2014
Thanks Cucina di Mammina! I hope you love that bacon!