Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tomato, Basil, and Pancetta Breakfast Sandwich

This sandwich may see like a long process, but TRUST ME IT IS WORTH IT!!!

Pancetta is Italian bacon. You can usually find it by the gourmet deli foods. If you can't find it you can use regular bacon, prosciutto, salami, or what ever you feel like!

2 slices of bread (bakery bread is best)
sliced mozzarella cheese, enough to cover both slices of bread
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
2 slices of pancetta or bacon
1 egg
a few leaves of basil, chopped

(If you don't have a toaster oven, set your regular oven to 450 to heat up)

Heat a pan to medium heat.

Toast the bread.

Then lay the 2 slices side by side and cover each slice of bread with the mozzarella cheese. (make sure to cover all the bread so it doesn't get "burnt" edges.) Top the cheese with the tomatoes and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

I use a toaster over, but if you only have an oven I will give you that method too.

Toaster Oven: Place the slices of bread topped with cheese and tomato on the toaster over tray, and set the toaster oven to broil. Broil for 5-7 mins, until the cheese is bubbly.

Oven: Place the slices of bread topped with cheese and tomato on a cookie sheet or piece of foil. Place in the oven for 5-7 mins, until the cheese is bubbly.

In the heated pan, add the pancetta or bacon and cook until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel to soak up the grease.

In the same pan crack an egg and "poke" the yoke so it cooks faster. Once you see the egg become white (about 3 mins) flip it over and cook for about 1 more minute. Remove it from the pan. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.

Now your ready to make your breakfast sandwich! Top one slice of the cheese bread with the egg, then cooked pancetta / bacon, the sliced basil, and cover with the other piece of cheese bread.