If you’ve seen the movie Spanglish, you must remember the scene where Adam Sandler makes a late night sandwich with a side of beer. If you don’t remember, you can view the scene here (it’s around 0:54). The director of the film, James L. Brooks, commissioned Thomas Keller, one of America’s most famous chefs, to make a mouth-watering sandwich that would be easy enough to re-create at home. Thomas Keller came up with a glorified BLT, which I recreated the other day. It’s quite an simple recipe and fun and easy to make.
First, the ingredients:
I sliced one whole tomato, washed some boston lettuce, bought 1/3 lb of Monterey jack cheese, bought some mayonnaise, and fried some turkey bacon (regular bacon is just too fatty!) Other important ingredients are bread (either a sourdough or or a rustic bread – I bought whole wheat from Whole Foods), and eggs over easy (probably the most important part of the sandwich!).
First, I wanted to put the bread in the oven to get it toasted with the Monterey jack cheese:
It only takes 3 – 4 minutes, so watch the oven closely! (You don’t want to burn the bread or the cheese) While the bread was baking, I fried the bacon (you’re supposed to get thick cut bacon for the sandwich, but you can go with any kind):
While the bacon is frying, clean the lettuce, cut up the tomato, and get the bread out of the oven!
Now that all of the ingredients are basically made, you can start putting the sandwich together. I put mayo on the piece of bread that didn’t have the Monterey jack cheese and started layering the other ingredients (tomato, lettuce, then bacon). After the sandwich was layered, I made the egg, which brings the sandwich together. One important thing to remember about making the egg is to leave the yolk runny. If you overcook your egg, you should start over (the sandwich is good because the egg drips from the top of the sandwich all through the ingredients). Here’s the sandwich put together with the egg on top:
I had to fry two eggs because my first egg I left on the stove too long. Here’s the final product, runny egg and all:
The sandwich was REALLY delicious – if I would change anything for next time I make the sandwich, I’d probably try to use the rustic bread that was recommended because the bread might have been a little too tough (and not crunchy enough).
Hope you guys have fun recreating the recipe!