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'Wich of the Week: Open-Face Balsamic Egg
'Wich of the Week: Open-Face Balsamic Egg

One of my favorite SF brunch spots, Foreign Cinema, has a balsamic egg dish I've always wanted to recreate at home. Deglazing the fried egg in vinegar gives it a gentle saltiness that tastes gourmet and — I must admit — is highly suitable for hangovers. But instead of serving it with potatoes and greens like the restaurant does, I put a twist on the egg dish by making it into a sandwich.

As I suspected, the flavors were easy to reproduce on my own plate with some balsamic-reduction sauce, hearty multigrain bread, and mixed greens. I made two versions of the sandwich: one open-face with greens, and one closed-face with serrano ham. I preferred the open-face, without meat, which allowed the rich flavor of the balsamic egg to take center stage. To get the recipe (with both options) and more photos,

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Balsamic Egg Sandwich

Balsamic Egg Sandwich

Ingredients

  1. 2 slices swiss cheese
  2. 2 to 4 slices multigrain bread
  3. 3 very thin slices of Serrano ham, cut into strips (optional)
  4. 1 tablespoon butter
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar reduction sauce
  7. 2 cups mixed baby greens, loosely packed

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Place two slices of swiss cheese on each of two pieces of bread.
  3. Place the two cheese-covered slices of bread in the oven, plus two more pieces of bread if you want a closed-face sandwich. Cook for about 5 minutes or until cheese is just melted.
  4. In a skillet over medium-low heat, cook Serrano ham until crispy, turning once, about 5 minutes.
  5. Turn burner to low, add the two eggs, and cook sunnyside up. Alternately, if not using the ham, melt 1 tablespoon butter over low heat, then add the eggs.
  6. When the yolks have just started to firm up but are still runny, drizzle the balsamic reduction sauce atop the eggs. Place a lid over the skillet and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  7. On each piece of cheese-topped bread, add 1 cup mixed greens and top with the fried egg. If using the ham, top each egg with the Serrano ham and a second slice of bread.

Makes 2 open-face or closed-face sandwiches.

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mswender
mswender
YUMMYYYY!!!
milosmommy
milosmommy
That looks awesome. I can't wait to try it.
kia
kia
Hells ya I am going to have to try to make this. Thanks!
RoGo1
RoGo1
Oh, that's one of my favorite things at Foreign Cinema, and delicious over asparagus too.
Francoisehardly
Francoisehardly
I'm definitely going to make this.
ilanac13
ilanac13
tht actually looks really really good. i think that i might have to try it!
CaterpillarGirl
CaterpillarGirl
total food porn, would have been climactic if you showed a picture with the yolk running down....mmmmm
aimeeb
aimeeb
Sounds different...
gabiushka
gabiushka
YUMMMMMMY
emalove
emalove
This looks AMAZING!
Food
Food
Balsamic reduction sauce is just balsamic vinegar reduced in a skillet over heat. I made some a while back (http://www.yumsugar.com/1127280) and I just use it for all sorts of stuff now! Basically, just put some balsamic vinegar in a skillet over very low heat and reduce it by two-thirds or so. Then you can store it and use it as a flavoring.
brilliance13
brilliance13
same question, how do you make the balsamic reduction?
ElizabethRae
ElizabethRae
aphill4 - when they reorganized the site it became a lot less intuitive. You aren't the only one who was confused! At the bottom of the post where it says "Share" click that. There will be a drop down - click "add to favorites." That choice is 2nd to last on the list of options. To get it later, click "More" at the top of the masthead in the box where your log in name appears. Favorites will be in that menu. Hope that helps!
liciababe
liciababe
oh my god this sounds so good
sabs
sabs
oh I love Foreign Cinema, especially their balsamic eggs. I think I know what I'm making for dinner! Also, my mom does a similar soy-sauce reduction on her eggs and it is definitely delicious!
fuzzles
fuzzles
Stoney, *jumping up and down* Oooh! Oooh! I've got some suggestions! ;)
dogg
dogg
Oh. My. God. I'd kill a man for that sandwich.
Nan-Einhart
Nan-Einhart
Oh my lord! This looks divine!
tlsgirl
tlsgirl
But how does one make a balsamic reduction sauce?
lizzylu49
lizzylu49
Giada tried the balsamic egg dish at Foreign Cinema on Weekend Getaways also. Looks yum!
aphill4
aphill4
Guys, this is going to sound so stupid, but how do i bookmark a certain article into my profile for later use? I just seem to be having a brain fart kinda day. :(
ameliajc
ameliajc
this looks SO good. i will have to try this soon.
ElizabethRae
ElizabethRae
I loathe egg yolks but I might try this with scrambled whites. The balsamic looks so yum!
Kate-Marie
Kate-Marie
I haven't had a fried egg sandwich in such a long time--this looks great! Now I'm totally craving one.
shoneyjoe
shoneyjoe
That looks so fantastic.
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