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The Best Egg Sandwich You’ll Ever Have

Confession: I’m a terrible cook. Long recipes freak me out, and I only flip through cookbooks to admire the photos. When everyone else was learning to cook, I was…I don’t know what I was doing! Watching TV? But, as a 33-year-old (with a child no less), I would like to be able to whip up a few great classic meals. My plan is to try to master the classic recipes: scrambled eggs, mac n’ cheese, tomato soup, chocolate chip cookies, that kind of thing. So, I’ve asked my favorite food bloggers to reveal how they make basic everyday dishes that will knock your socks off, and I’m excited to post one slam-dunk recipe every Wednesday. Hope you enjoy it (and maybe learn something, too!).

First up: Deb from Smitten Kitchen reveals the world’s best egg sandwich—or as she put it, “how to, like, win at egg sandwiches”…

A Lazy Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich
By Deb from Smitten Kitchen

Like any good New Yorker, I consider an egg-and-cheese on a roll or toast from a bodega to be a major food group. I watch in amazement as griddle guys make them—along with 12 other breakfasts, keeping the orders straight in their heads when I can barely remember what day it is—in two minutes flat. It’s a beautiful thing. But, I kept getting sandwiches where cheese was an afterthought, just layered on top of eggs that were never hot enough to melt it. I wanted the cheese up in my eggs. So, I started making them at home.

My only rule was that it had to take less time for me to make than it would for me to walk two blocks to the nearest place that makes them. I ended up taking a crepe-like approach—cooking the egg thinly and then wrapping it, almost like an egg roll, around a belly of melted cheese. It takes less than five minutes. It became a habit, and also a favorite lunch for my toddler.

Recipe: Lazy Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich

You’ll need:
An English muffin or two slices bread of your choice
1 to 2 teaspoons butter or oil
1 egg
Salt and pepper
1 slice of cheese or a tiny pile of grated or crumbled cheese
Spoonful of sliced scallions, chives, crumbled bacon, or whatever else you want in your eggs

Put the bread in a toaster. Heat a 9-inch skillet, preferably nonstick, on medium.

Beat one egg with ½ teaspoon water (or two eggs, with 1 teaspoon water), a couple pinches of salt and a few grinds of black pepper until just blended. I always use a fork for this.

Melt butter in your pan or brush it with oil, to thinly coat it. Pour in the eggs and roll them around so they cover the pan, as a thin crepe would.

Immediately plop a square of cheese (for we people with unfancy tastes in cheese) or a small pile of grated cheese (for everyone else) in the middle. Toss whatever fixings you wish on top of the cheese, though I never bother. This meal is all about immediacy for me.

A single egg will cook in 1 to 1½ minutes; two eggs in 2 minutes. You’ll know its cooked when poking into it with a corner of your spatula won’t cause any loose egg to slip through to the skillet.

Fold the part of the egg closest to you over the cheese, like the first part of a business letter fold. Repeat this on the three remaining “sides,” forming a small square. You can also have fun (yes, I just said “fun”) here and fold it into a shape that matches your bread, i.e. larger for sandwich bread, long-ish for rye. Leave the folded egg-and-cheese in the center of the skillet to cook for another 30 seconds, then slide onto you muffin or toast. Top the sandwich with the other half and eat it at once.

Yes! Doesn’t it look delicious? Thank you so much, Deb!!!

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  1. Barb Atchison says...

    I’ve been making my “fried egg” sandwiches like this for years. My kids start d calling them “Egg and Gooey Cheese Sandwiches” when they were little and asked for them at least twice a week. They are in their 30s now and still ask for them when they visit. I used to use processed cheese slices but now use co-jack slices. Definitely a great and quick meal!

  2. gguya3 says...

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I am frequently exhausted due to stress and depression and it’s often hard for me to muster enough energy to make food. This recipe is perfectly quck, painless, and still tasty!
    I didn’t have anything fancy like bacon or lettuce at hand, so I added a dash of Sriracha for extra flavor. Delicious!

  3. Iva says...

    I added half a clove of minced Garlic to the egg. It became aromatic flavourful more delicious.

  4. Jeannette says...

    I am a very good cook however, I lost sight of the simple and delicious . Thanks for bringing me back.

  5. wow, i found another recipe for breakfast, thanks cup of jo

  6. Rachael says...

    This is, indeed, The Best Egg Sandwich I’ve Ever Had. And I have never made an omelet before attempting this! SO irresistible with the gooey cheese . . .

  7. I finally made this! I always have two of the three things (I’m usually missing the bread/English muffin etc). But I bought English muffins the other day so I had to try it out. Perfection!

  8. Mm Mm YUMMY! Just made this for a late lunch and it hit the spot! I’m making all of my breakfast sandwiches like this from now on… :-) Thanks so much!

  9. I am Mark Robinett. I have my Egg sandwich. Just fry in bacon grease, without turning them. Use a spatula to ease grease on the top side. cook till the top is almost white. Longer for a firm yoke. Mayo or whatever you like. Low cost Bachelor’s dinner. Enjoy.

  10. As I’m typing this, I’m chowing down on a sandwich of my own! It’s so good and quick to make. Definitely bringing this quick meal with me when I move back into my dorm! Thanks again and keep posting!!! :)

  11. Your recipes are beginning to grow in my collection…. the cheese melted completely, deliciously and perfectly in the middle of the egg. LOVE IT!

  12. yes! I have been looking for an insanely easy way to make egg and cheese muffins and home and I think this might be it. I think I could handle this, even before my morning coffee :)

  13. Sounds great to me! love your blog. When I grow old, i wanna be like you. poularde recette

  14. This recipe changed my life. Thank you.

  15. This just saved my sick-day dinner. I was going to order in, and then thought, “No, save the money, there must be SOMETHING you can cook despite feeling crummy.” It was perfect; I used sliced tomato instead of cheese, and I think I’ve got a new favorite egg sammy.

  16. This was my breakfast this morning…put apple butter on the bread and it was amazing. :)

  17. Yum, I was always a fan of these when I lived in NYC – used to treat myself to a bodega egg sandwich if I did a morning workout. They’re never quite the same outside the city, but I love this cooking method – it really comes close! They are also really delish with a slice or two of fresh tomato.

  18. Abigail says...

    So, it took me a while, but I finally got around to making this egg sandwich. It is absolutely delicious!!! It’s definitely going to become a staple for me. Thanks for the great recipe! :)

  19. So simple, but so delicious looking. I used to eat egg and cheese sandwiches when I was a little toddler too!

  20. I love quick and easy recipes. I have a toddler too…Most of the time at home is spent running around and straightening out the mess, we created ourselves. Delicious recipes that are easy to prepare are lifesavers! Thanks!

  21. Anonymous says...

    PLEASE try making my scrambled eggs. I trust you will do a great job and LOVE them. (You will not need a mixing bowl and you won’t salt them until they are DONE cooking)… Take a SMALL frying pan and heat it on a medium flame. Then take a tablespoon of butter or whatever spread you use. (I use Smart Balance). Once that has melted and starting to sizzle, add JUST enough milk to ALMOST cover all of the bottom of the pan. You should have an inch of the bottom of the pan not covered in milk. Take one or two eggs and crack them right into that frying pan, and use either a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula to constantly stir the eggs in the pan on the flame. (Feel free to add a sprinkle of freshly chopped chives or a tiny sprinkle of freshly pressed garlic). If not, then just constantly stir the eggs in the pan until they are all scrambled and cooked to your liking. THEN add any salt or pepper. (Don’t add it until it’s done cooking. I like using a salt grinder and pepper). I watched Gordon Ramsay prepare scrambled eggs just like this and I have been cooking it this way ever since and THEY ARE PERFECT. You’ll never eat that fake egg crap ever again at Dunkin Donuts. (I sure don’t!!)

  22. Anonymous says...

    I’ve always been a pretty decent self-taught cook but now that I’m living on my own (husband deceased, children married) I just want something quick and tasty. I love eggs, and this method fits the bill nicely.
    P.S. Love your comment to “Anonymous” re nice postings – haha.

    Nan

  23. Anonymous says...

    I made this not expecting much from a plain egg sandwich. It turned out to be insanely delicious and the eggs were cooked perfectly! Hands down best egg sandwich ever, and I make eggs often.

  24. Eggs are a big part of our diet- we love them! And I make egg sandwiches A LOT, with all kinds of fillings and different breads…so how have I never cooked the eggs and fillings like this before?!?! Leave it to Smitten Kitchen (I read her weekly) to show me some new and awesome tip to up my kitchen skills! And I found this blog for the first time, too- a great thing! Thank you.

  25. Anonymous says...

    Sammie: Are you serious!?? How could this be yuck?!?

    Anyways I made this with swiss and bacon on a sprouted wheat english muffin and it was amazing :)

  26. brooklynmom says...

    Kyle, what’s wrong with annatto used as a coloring agent? It’s a naturally derived substance (from a type of seed) used in all sorts of Latin cooking. American cheese may be “processed,” but this doesn’t necessarily make it “bad.” You can, in fact, find great organic types in most stores. It melts like a charm and can be much easier for toddlers to eat than the harder/greasier cheeses. Thanks to Deb for sharing this recipe!

  27. I made this for breakfast this week! It was quick and TASTY!!!! Thanks for the easy, fast, and yummy recipe! :)

  28. its also great with egg whites, if you want a lower cholesterol alternative

  29. Mmm, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. I think I just found my breakfast for tomorrow…

    On the whole cooking thing, do you read Real Simple? Their simple, easy recipes have almost single-handedly turned me into a good enough cook (as in, I used to burn water) that my mom is even envious. It’s a really good start for folks like us that think we can’t cook – I promise, you can!

  30. Kyle says...

    Looks yummy except for the fake cheese. American Cheese is not cheese, it’s processed cheese food. Orange cheese like that has been dyed with Annatto. Orange American Cheese is not yummy. Please use real cheese.

  31. I always manage to screw up eggs somehow, but I tried this and it was delicious! thank you thank you thank you! As a college student, I’m always looking for easy recipes!

  32. 1. love this series!
    2. just tried this, since i’m off for presidents day (yay VA Hospital!) – it’s SO GOOD and SO EASY. And the cheese is SO MELTY. Yes!!

  33. Amazingly easy and really looks delicious. My mornings will be great everyday with it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. This is definitely a must do recipe this weekend since I got my Alcohol Training.

  34. Anonymous says...

    I LOVE smitten kitchen and cup of jo and trust your judgements, so I made this for my boyfriend this morning! He loved it! Thank you!

  35. yukkkk!!! that sounds horrible. jo. scrambled eggs are easier and taste as good in the microwave. melt a bit of butter for 10 seconds and add the eggs, two tablespoons of milk and a pinch of salt and pepper (but not too much pepper it goes a funny colour) whisk it around so the eggs are broken and mixed. stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stir, keep doing this till it looks like scrambled eggs. i just stick it in a microwavable jug. i do that for one person on toast. easy and yummy meal.

  36. this looks so simple yet amazingly delicious :) i will have to try the recipe soon.

  37. I made this for breakfast after reading this post. I used tillamook cheese (they have slices!) and milk instead of water. I also used homemade bread, which made it amazing. It is also delicious with some stoneground mustard.

  38. the REAL best egg sammy ever is from Dunlays in Chicago..ah-ma-zingggg! Rye bread, mayo, 2 pieces of well cooked bacon, lettuce, onion, tomatoe and 2 fried eggs. my fiance and i dream of it constantly and sometimes make our own but it never tastes as good as Dunlays. ohh and the potatoes they put on the plate too..to die for!

  39. looks delicious; love me some smitten kitchen! i’m excited for this series!

  40. I read this yesterday, made it for lunch. LOVE the idea of simple, yummy recipes. Can’t wait for next installment!

    P.S. I LOVE Smitten Kitchen, tried quite a bit her recipes and all of them have been GREAT experience with awesome results!