W arning: This blog post shall entirely transform your perspective of an egg sandwich.
Everyone at least once has eaten some equivilent of an egg sandwich: the Egg McMuffin, the Croissan’wich, Dunkin’ Breakfasts, etc. All of the above are artery clogging, greasy, gluten galore fast food junk - this is in my personal opinion. I shouldn’t say I’m against fast food because I can serve food just as fast; however, a lot of the components could be made better with, of course, better ingredients. Instead of the plain white English muffin, try a whole grain or whole wheat variety. Same goes for the buttery croissant; if you want one, fill it with a light and fluffy omelet packed with vegetables instead of being slathered in processed cheese and greasy soggy bacon. And if you do want the cheese and bacon, try a better bacon type with pure cheese or even cream cheese. Mmm! It won’t be missed, trust me.
In Jamaica, eggs exist as not only a typical breakfast item but also as a quick grab and go lunch in a sandwich. Between two thick fat slices of bread, you have a fried egg and tear-jerking hot coleslaw. If you are heat intolerant, I advise you to eliminate the jalapenos or use a mild hot sauce. Me? Well, as previously stated, I have an extreme heat tolerance. I need to eat a large handful of jalapenos to get sick.
In my version, I didn’t have cabbage on hand so I used spinach. I also didn’t add cheese because my stomach was having an off day and I didn’t want to aggravate it. Feel free to do as you please. In the original recipe, it states to use cheddar so I recommend a good sharp cheddar or other good melting cheese with a kick. I also recommend a sturdy bread for this recipe as most of the ingredients are wet. My standard sandwich bread from Ener-G didn’t have the ability to maintain it’s structure and became soft but delicious none-the-less. For the mayo I used, again, my tofu mayo but feel free to use whatever you desire as well as the doneness of the egg. Me? It was fried soft, meaning the yolk was still liquid and oozing.
So if you like eggs with heat minus the major arterial damaging potential, this recipe is for you and you may never want to order another fast food egg sandwich again.
Jamaican Fried Egg Sandwich
2 slices of sturdy GF bread
1 slice or ounce of sharp melty cheese
½ cup coleslaw mixture or sliced cabbage
¼ cup green pepper, chopped
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 tbsp diced tomatoes, drained, or 2 slices of tomato
2 tbsp mayo equivalent
3 jalapeno slices, minced
A few garlic flakes, crushed
Toast the bread slices and spoon on the tomatoes.
In a small-medium pan, saute the onions/shallot, green pepper, and jalapeno until golden brown. Add the cumin, all spice, garlic, hot sauce and spinach. Cook until the spinach is just wilted but still green then take it off the heat and stir in the mayo. Set this aside to cool for a few minutes while you prepare your egg the way you like it.
Once your egg is poached, fried, etc. Place the egg on top of the tomatoes, add the coleslaw, and then top it with another slice of bread.