Saturday, July 27, 2019

[FOOD] The Perfect Egg Sandwich from Chef/Author Deborah L. Hunter

Being a Mississippi girl there is nothing more refreshing than enjoying a simple country life.

There is something absolutely peaceful about taking in the amazing sights and sounds of nature all around me that I get to enjoy daily. Imagine waking up every morning to the robust sound of a Black Australorp rooster crowing at the crack of dawn, It’s one of nature's many southern gifts, my very own personal alarm clock.  And that robust sound means that it’s time for me to get my day started. And one of the many things on my to do list is to head into the backyard, feed the chicken and gathering the fresh eggs from the chicken coop. Each hen gifting me with one egg per day. It’s as fresh as eggs can get.

I love to prepare one of my favorite breakfast dishes: a simple meal of scrambled eggs, golden buttered toast with homemade strawberry jam and a hot cup of Community coffee.

Whether you gather your eggs on a farm like I do are buy them at your local grocery store or farmers market eggs are one of the most popular foods in the world US. because they are perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Did you know that the average person eats about 240 eggs per year and with so many people enjoying one of natures favorite super foods there is an endless array of recipes to prepare and I am honored to share one of my favorite recipes from childhood with you!

 I call it my mother's “PERFECT EGG SANDWICH”. It was definitely something my brothers and I looked forward to! This egg sandwich is not only beautiful but it’s absolutely delicious, perfect for anytime of the day and trust me the little extra effort is well worth every bite!

Let’s get started! (This recipe is perfect for two sandwiches)

You will need;

•One medium cast iron skillet/don’t have a cast-iron skillet no problem just grab your favorite skillet
• One medium mixing bowl
• 1/2 teaspoon of softened butter to add directly into your egg mixture + 2 teaspoon for your skillet
• 2 tablespoon of warm water
• 5 eggs
• 4 slices of your favorite bread are used potato bread ( trim the brown edges from off of your bread)
• mild cheddar cheese
• 1/8 of a teaspoon of kosher salt/not a fan of kosher salt try sea salt
• a dash of pepper corn or red pepper flakes
and green onions or chives to garnish

In a mixing bowl
Crack 4 eggs add soften butter warm water and salt whisk well until there’s no streaking in your eggs and the color of your eggs is a warm bright yellow. Set to the side for just a moment.

On medium high heat add a pad of butter to your skillet and allow your butter to melt once butter starts to lightly bubble pour your egg mixture into the skillet using a silicone spatula whisk eggs without stopping in small circles until small curds start to appear at this point turn the heat completely off and continue to stir until your eggs are done.

(Note: Not only can you turn off the heat but you can completely remove the skillet from the stove while continuing to stir the eggs the skillet is hot enough to continue cooking the eggs without being on the direct heat this will aid you in not over cooking your eggs.)

Once your eggs are done equally divide the cooked eggs onto 2 slices of bread then top eggs with cheese sprinkle on a small amount of pepper and green onions now place the 2 remaining slices of bread on top and slightly press the bread together set to the side

Crack the remaining egg into your bowl add 1 tablespoon water or (milk) a dash of salt whisk well ; place egg sandwiches one at a time into your egg mixture making sure each side of the bread is completely covered.
Place a clean skillet back onto the stove on medium high heat add a small amount of butter;
Now place your egg washed sandwiches into the skillet and allow each side to sear for 1-2 minutes until a nice crisp golden brown on each side remove from the heat and serve.

 I hope you enjoy this simple recipe as much as I do and that it creates as many delicious fun memories for your family as it has for mine. For more delicious egg ideas and recipes don’t forget to get your copy of MY DELICIOUS MISSISSIPPI LIFE COOKBOOK on Amazon.

 Yours truly,
Chef Deborah Hunter

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