five egg sandwiches

I came down with a Man Cold* and laryngitis** this week and it’s totally cramping my game, or it would be, if I had any. It’s pretty clear what the cold expects of me I’d like to it leave: loads of sleep, little activity and probably some bad reality television. But as I keep interpreting this as: go to a bookstore event, go to another great talk, take laptop to Genius Bar, watch my wind-up bug go… — essentially my rule for this week has been, if it’s a tightly-packed enclosed space a few degrees too warm with zero air circulation, I’ll be right over! — I shouldn’t be surprised that on Day 6 of this mess, I’m still a pill to be around.

three-pepper shakshuka

The only thing I like less is seeing this site go quiet while I wait for my appetite/creativity/enthusiasm to return, which gives me the perfect excuse to share some egg sandwiches I teased you with in December but have been hoarding since (seriously) 2012, when I created them for a magazine that never ended up running them. They’re short on process photos (though I’ve now experienced the vagaries of freelance life enough times to know: always take photos, lots of them) and lengthy details, but we enjoyed them all quite a bit at the time and will hopefully serve as a springboard for you for your own breakfast sandwich endeavors.

three-pepper shakshuka

Why egg sandwiches? I often feel on the weekends especially that I have to choose between going out and having a full day or having a really grand breakfast. And, while deli-style egg sandwiches to-go (here’s my riff on them) are everywhere in the city, they’re not exactly inspiring. Having a few packable ideas up our sleeves allowed us to be able to get our day started whenever we wanted (or were expected to by our in-house tyrant), skip both brunch lines and stale coffee shop scones, and still eat something grand when we got hungry for a real breakfast.

runny egg blt

* I’m sorry, I really have to link to this at least once a year, or until there’s a better exhibit of how terrible colds feel.
** Which I keep, adorably, insisting has nothing to do with the bachelorette party I attended last Saturday night, merely coincidentally the last time I spoke squawk-free.

One year ago: Lobster and Potato Salad
Two years ago: Rhubarb Snacking Cake
Three years ago: Rhubarb Streusel Muffins and Strawberry Summer Cake
Four years ago: Pecan Cornmeal Butter Cake and Mushroom Crepe Cake
Five years ago: Endive and Celery Salad with Fennel Vinaigrette (the first thing I made in this then-new apartment!) and Rhubarb Cobbler
Six years ago: Crisp Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies and Cherry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake
Seven years ago: Raspberry-Topped Lemon Muffins, Baked Eggs, Chive Biscuits and Bloody Marys and Homemade Oreos

one of five egg sandwiches

Three Pepper Shakshuka Pita with Feta and Za’atar

Shakshuka, a North African and Mediterranean dish of eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce, is my favorite way to intersect tomatoes and eggs. But it’s not portable. This, with added sweet peppers, a sprinkling of feta and za’atar, all loaded into a hand-held pita, is, and it’s wonderful, though keep some napkins nearby.

If you can’t or don’t wish to purchase za’atar, there are many recipes to make your own on the web. My lazier approach is to use equal parts dried oregano, marjoram, ground sumac, ground cumin and toasted sesame seeds, along with sea salt (about half of one part). It’s delicious on everything from shakshuka to hummus to toasted pita wedges with a drizzle of olive oil.

You can squeeze a single egg and bit of sauce in a small pita, but it’s tight. (Pictured.) A larger pita will hold one egg and a nice ladleful of sauce or 2 eggs and a lesser amount of sauce.

Serves 2 to 4

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed then minced
1 red bell pepper, cored and sliced into thin strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and sliced into thin strips
1 Anaheim or 1 jalapeño chile, cored and sliced into thin strips
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes, fire-roasted if you can get them
6 eggs
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 teaspoons (or more to taste) za’atar
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional), to garnish
6 small or 4 large pitas

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion and cook until it softens a bit, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute more. Add peppers (all varieties) and sauté them until they soften a bit, about 5 minutes. Add salt, paprika and cumin and cook for one minute more. Pour in tomatoes and then half a can (you can eyeball this) of water and bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer sauce for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings to taste.

While sauce simmers, gently warm your pitas.

Make 6 indentations in the sauce and crack an egg into each. Put a lid on the pot and cook the eggs until your desired firmness; after 3 to 4 minutes, they should have set whites and mostly loose yolks. After 5 to 6, they’ll be fully set in the middle. Sprinkle surface of dish with za’atar, feta and parsley (if using), holding a little feta and parsley back if you want additional garnish. Cut open each pita and scoop one (or two, if using large enough to fit) egg and surrounding sauce into each pita. Garnish with reserved feta and parsley, if desired and eat immediately.

Do ahead: The sauce can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container until needed. Bring back to a low simmer before adding eggs.

egg tartines with asparagus pesto, pickled shallots

Egg Tartines with Asparagus Pesto, Dijon and Pickled Shallots

You’ll have extra of both shallots and, very likely, the pesto, but I don’t think you’ll mind. The former can be used for other sandwiches or salads (they also make excellent taco-toppers and slaw additions) and the latter can be spread on additional toasts. I’m tremendously fond of whole-grain Dijon mustard for this sandwich, because the whole seeds provide a spectacular taste and texture without being spicy. If using a smooth Dijon, which I find sharper, use a little less — I prefer the mustard here as an accent, a brightener, not a central flavor.

Makes 6 tartines

Pickled shallots
1/4 cup red or white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 cup water
3 small shallots, peeled and thinly sliced

Asparagus pesto
1/2 pound asparagus spears, trimmed of tough ends
1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons pine nuts or almonds, toasted and cooled, divided
1/4 teaspoon table salt, or a little more of a coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

To assemble
6 large slices whole-wheat sourdough bread, miche, or another sliced country bread of your choice, toasted
2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
6 large hard-boiled eggs

Pickle shallots: Whisk vinegar, salt, and sugar together in a small, nonreactive (glass is my first choice) dish until they’re dissolved. Whisk in water then drop in shallots. Cover dish and chill in fridge for at minimum 30 minutes, preferably an hour, and even better if you can let them pickle for a day.

Cook asparagus: Bring a wide pot of salted water to a boil then drop in asparagus spears. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until tender but firm. Plunge in ice water or rinse with very cold water to cool and stop the cooking. Pat dry on a towel.

Make pesto: Transfer spears (breaking in half so they’ll fit) to a food processor, along with chopped garlic, Parmesan and 2 tablespoons of the pine nuts or almonds and pulse machine in short bursts until ingredients are finely chopped but not pureed. Drizzle in olive oil while continuing to pulse until just combined. You can run it until the mixture is fully smooth, but I prefer to leave it coarse.

Assemble tartines: Spread each toast with a thin, thin layer of Dijon, about 1 teaspoon per slice. Spread asparagus pesto thickly over Dijon, about 2 tablespoons per slice (or more, to taste). Slice hard boiled eggs thinly crosswise and arrange slices decoratively over pesto. Scatter pickled shallot rings over the eggs, and garnish with sea salt, freshly pepper and reserved tablespoon of pine nuts or almonds, if desired.

runny egg blt

Runny Egg BLT Sandwich

Does a BLT leave anything to be desired? Wasn’t it perfect just the way it was invented? Isn’t a runny egg a total mess in the middle of a sandwich? Could anything be more outdated than white bread and iceberg lettuce? I suspect if you’re asking yourself these questions, this sandwich is not for you. But everyone else is probably halfway to the kitchen, about to make seconds.

Makes 1 sandwich

2 to 3 slices of bacon, halved to approximate sandwich lengths
2 thin slices white, sourdough or a country bread, toasted
4 thin slices of tomato
A few leaves of iceberg lettuce
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 large egg
1 teaspoon butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook your bacon in a frying pan or on a griddle until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside. Meanwhile, put your bread in to toast. Once toasted, spread each slice with mayonnaise, then stack one side with tomatoes, lettuce and bacon.

Finally, cook your egg. Heat a small skillet (or, heck, your bacon skillet, in which case, skip the butter and use some of the bacon grease) to medium-high and melt butter. Once fully melted, swirl it around, crack the egg into the center and cover the pan with a small lid. Cook for one to two minutes, until the whites are solid (and hopefully, a little butter-fried and crunchy at the lacy edges). You can stop here, but I do find for sandwiches that it makes slightly less of a mess to then flip the egg and cook it for another 30 seconds, until it’s still runny but unlikely to run fully off your sandwich. Season egg with salt and pepper, transfer to bacon, tomato, and lettuce stack, then top with second slice of mayo-slathered toast. Cut in half and eat immediately.

egg, potato and chorizo tacos

Egg, Potato and Chorizo Tacos with Queso Fresco

This is for people who feel that breakfast cannot be hearty enough. If a cup of yogurt or piece of wholegrain toast and jam could fall on a breakfast spectrum, this would be on the opposite end, a Tex-Mex riff on a roadside diner breakfast special off fried eggs, hash browns, breakfast links and pancakes. With that, you’ve been warned. Made ahead of time and frozen until needed, this is a fantastic weekend breakfast for when you’ve got better things to do than stand over a stove.

Makes 8 small breakfast tacos; hungry people might want 2

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into small (about 1/2-inch) cubes
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 pound Mexican chorizo, casings removed
Freshly ground black pepper
6 large eggs
8 small corn tortillas, warmed or blistered in a hot pan

To finish
Crumbled queso freso (cotija, ricotta salata and feta are decent substitutes, if you can’t find it)
Chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, diced white onions (you can also sink these in the same pickle brine as the shallots in the earlier recipe), pickled jalapenos, a dollop of crèma or sour cream, a squeeze of lime juice, a dash or hot sauce or all of the above

In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with an inch of cold water and bring it to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes, until somewhat tender, then drain the potatoes.

Meanwhile, heat a 12-inch cast iron frying pan over medium heat, then heat the oil in it. Cook your onion until it is soft and translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Then, add the chorizo, breaking it up with your spoon as you brown it. Saute until cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Add drained potatoes and cook until they are fully tender and a bit browned at the edges. Season the mixture with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs and pour the mixture over the potato-chorizo in the pan. Cook until the egg mixture is scrambled and virtually cooked through (it will finish cooking in the residual heat), then divide mixture among tortillas. Scatter with queso fresco, cilantro and toppings of your choice. Eat immediately.

Do ahead: Extra tacos can be wrapped in foil and frozen until needed. Warm in oven.

cheddar cornbread waffle sandwich with creamed greens

Cheddar Cornbread Waffle Sandwich with Creamed Greens and a Poached Egg

Here, I tried to mash up some of my favorite breakfast things — cheddar cornbread, waffles, lightly creamed greens and poached eggs in a single, teetering sandwich. I realize that as far as sandwiches go, this one is a stretch. It’s precarious, at best. You’ll probably want a fork and knife around, just to be safe, or you could challenge the waffle’s indentations to catch all dribbles. Want to add yet another layer of delicious? Crisp up a slice of ham or Canadian bacon and add it to the stack, under the greens.

Makes 4 towering waffle sandwiches

3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 large egg
1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
Spray cooking oil to coat waffle iron

Creamed greens
5 ounces baby spinach or another fairly quick-cooking green of your choice, stemmed if stems are heavy
1/4 small onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons heavy cream

To assemble
4 large eggs
Hot sauce and diced fresh tomatoes (optional)

Preheat your oven to warm and place a tray on a middle rack.

Make waffles: Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter and egg. Stir wet ingredients and grated cheese into the dry mixture until combined.

Make waffles according to your manufacturer’s directions. In the waffle iron I used – a thin one that made 6 rectangular waffles per batch – I cooked the waffles on the middle heat setting and needed 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups batter per batch. I made about 1 1/2 batches, yielding 9 small waffles.

Transfer waffles to tray in warmed oven and leave them there while you cook your greens.

Prepare creamed greens: Wash greens but no need to dry them. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the greens until wilted. For baby spinach, we prefer it just barely wilted, which takes just a minute. For heartier greens, you’ll want to cook them a few minutes longer. Transfer greens to a colander and press out as much extra liquid as you can. If desired, coarsely chop greens.

Wipe out pan and return it to medium heat. Melt butter and then cook onion until soft and tender, about 5 minutes. Return greens to pan and drizzle heavy cream over them. Cook, stirring, until cream simmers for a minute and mixture is evenly combined. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.

Poach eggs: Poach eggs according to your favorite method. If you don’t have one, here’s mine: Heat a saucepan with a few couple inches of water to the point right before it simmers. Using a cooking spoon, create a whirlpool and crack your egg right into the center of it and stop swirling. The egg should mostly wrap around itself. Continue to let the egg cook, keeping the water from fully simmering, until the white is firmed up but it the egg still jiggles from the middle when nudged with a spoon, about 3 to 4 minutes. Scoop out with a slotted spoon and repeat with remaining eggs.

Assemble sandwiches: Place one square or wedge of waffle on a plate. Top with 1/4 of the creamed greens and a single poached egg. Dash with hot sauce, if desired, or a scattering of chopped tomatoes. Top with a second square or wedge of waffle and eat, precariously.

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125 comments on five egg sandwiches

  1. Tina

    These look great! As a recent shakshuka convert (we have it every other weekend for brunch lately) may I suggest using smoked paprika. It gives the dish an extra depth of flavor that makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

  2. These all look fantastic, and so colorful! The shakshuka pita will be first up on my egg sandwich to-do list – and what a coincidence that I saw this *just* as I was stepping out to go to the store. I hope you feel better soon!

  3. Love the asparagus pesto one. Will definitely try it [drooling incessantly, also slapping herself for not inventing it, since she loves asparagus so much and even grows it in her garden]

  4. nan

    The Shakshuka looks delish – I don’t eat eggs (it’s a long story) but my family will love these. I will try the shakshuka, there seems to be enough other stuff going on that I might be able to pretend there aren’t eggs in there! Hope you feel better soon! xo

  5. Hands down, my favorite post of 2014. I love egg sandwiches! I love your writing! And now for the specifics: I believe I first had za’atar only recently at a wonderful cheese shop/deli in Rosendale, NY (The Big Cheese is a must if you ever find yourself up in the mid Hudson Valley), on a sandwich that instantly overtook me with its flavor and out-of-this-world-ness. So you can bet I’ll be trying those Shakshuka pitas. The egg tartines call out to me as well- I love the addition of pickled (beautiful!) shallots and dijon mustard. I haven’t yet tried my hand at asparagus pesto, owing to my devotion to all things basil (though spinach typically serves as a sidekick), but I trust you and so asparagus pesto it is!
    Your whole paragraph about the runny egg BLT had me laughing! Oh Deb, thank you for this post right now and thank you for being such an inspiration to me in the kitchen all these years. Off to devour some eggs!

  6. I remember when I first saw the post where you showed the photo of the shakshuka pita, I knew I wanted to try it. These look fantastic. Also, I’m typically skeptical of avocado toast, but the pesto sounds really interesting.

  7. JP

    My husband calls egg sandwiches my default sandwich because if we have nothing else in the house to make sandwiches with, we usually have eggs…but these masterpieces are not default. Each one has a personality of its own and I would be happy to enjoy any of them. Thanks as always for the great ideas and hope you feel better soon!

  8. Katharine

    This looks amaaaazing! But I wanted to let you know about a little grammar edit in your third paragraph: “Have a few packable ideas up my sleeve allowed us to be able to get our day started whenever we wanted…” should be “Having” instead?

    You should feel no shame for this, giving such a bevy of sandwiches in the midst of illness is much more important than a little -ing!

    1. deb

      Katharine — Thanks, now fixed.

      The most portable sandwich — Probably the tacos, once wrapped in foil. We ate them on playground benches all weekend when I made them.

  9. Anonymous

    So which of these is the most portable, or at least could stand up to a long bus ride and taste as good cold as they do warm?

  10. Kimberly

    Thank you for this post! In my humble opinion, egg sandwiches are fantastic for brunch or dinner. As for the BLT: if a classic BLT plus an egg is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

  11. Maddy

    This is what I live on. Every lazy weekend morning deserves breakfast tacos or something of the like. Thanks for the waffle sandwich inspiration!!

  12. catchicago

    Sorry but I had a few comments unrelated to this post. Really I just wanted to thank you! I have made your Kale and Quinoa Salad several times for friends and family-Those friends have since made the Kale and Quinoa Salad for their friends and family. We now affectionately refer to the Kale and Quinoa salad as “The Salad”. It is such a great thing when recipes become like a gift. It is what I always hope to happen when I take the time and effort to cook something new. When it happens it is wonderful! Thanks again!

  13. Love — love love love this whole post! Thought I’m pretty ‘meh’ on eggs ordinarily, drippy eggs have kind of become a go-to staple now that I’m pregnant. We’ve been living off your egg with creamed spinach sandwich — love these five options to add to the rotation!!!

    ps: feel better!

  14. Susan

    How can you say your riff on the street vender egg sandwich is uninspired? I love that sandwich and it inspired me plenty! As I melt the butter in the pan I throw in some chopped onion and a handful of spinach, give it a moment then pour over the egg and add the cheese. I have used any number of leftover veggies or condiments from previous night dinner, diced, to augment the simple egg sandwich to new heights…in mere minutes! I’ve never been overly enthused about egg-anything, but decked out with other flavors, they are transformed for me. So, thanks for some new ideas for a convert to the egg sandwich!

  15. Shelley

    Looking for creative ways to keep extra asparagus harvest that I don’t sell — can the asparagus pesto be frozen…. and for extended periods?

  16. Mariachi

    Where are you that 5-6 minutes makes a fully set yolk? I’m about ten feet above sea level and eight minutes is still a wet dark yellow in the middle. Do you keep your eggs at room temperature instead of in the fridge?

  17. I think I was right to call in sick to work today (I’ve been trying to convince myself for over a week that I have hayfever and not a cold). The proof my head’s not working properly? I read all the way to the end of the pita recipe still wondering why anyone would need five eggs in one sandwich. So, not a five-egg sandwich then!

  18. Shannon

    @ Moonwaves–ditto for me!

    I was like “a sandwich with five eggs in it?”

    Then I was like THERE ARE FIVE OF THEM.

  19. Good collection of sandwiches. Beyond the fact that they are easy to make, there is something about sandwiches that really makes me feel better when I’m sick. It just hits all the right notes!

  20. Egg sandwiches — YES! I make tacos very much like yours (minus the potatoes and plus a lot of quicker-cooking veg) when I’m desperate for a real meal that only takes five minutes to cook. Scrambled eggs are really the biggest lifesaver. :)

  21. Hi Deb, finally I may now be inspired might to add some savory breakfast mornings to my week instead of my tendency to go more sweet! Can you recommend a good corn tortilla store bought or good recipe. I’ve had no success. White or yellow?

  22. Bob Y

    I’m curious to know the difference between a “male” cold and a female one. With all the “man” stuff lately, man caves, man cards, etc. it begins to feel subtly sexist.

    1. deb

      Shelley — I haven’t tried to, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work.

      Susan — Aw, thanks. Bad wording; I meant the deli versions I get aren’t inspired. Usually.

      Mariachi — Those were times I got. You’re dropping the eggs into simmering liquid — at least here (sea level) it doesn’t take long. This isn’t the same as a hard-boiled egg in the shell; those, for me, take 10 to 11 minutes if dropped into boiling liquid.

      louise — I don’t have a favorite brand, but I will say that if you are not happy with what you’re finding at the store, both flour and corn tortillas are surprisingly easy to make. You can make a large batch and freeze them until you need them, too. The taste barely compares. (And yes, I know, I’m overdue to do a post on each soon. Promise.)

  23. Lauren

    WOW! The” Man Cold” clip is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. The swimming “bug” is one of the cutest, and these 5 “sangwiches” seem to be 5 of the tastiest and easiest! Even feeling under the weather you have managed to make my weekend! All of my senses taken care of in one felled swoop ( because I can practically smell the bacon). LOVE this blog for that ( and SOOOO many other reasons).

  24. WifeToAnAmazingCook

    I am so excited to see these recipes! I love breakfast sandwiches and have been waiting for this post since you mentioned the sandwiches back in December. Thank you, thank you. Our morning meals just got reinvigorated!

  25. par_parenthese

    My brain has been on strike when it comes to cooking these last several weeks (cereal for dinner, boxed mac and cheese, etc.) but these look like just the ticket to help ease me back into eating proper grownup food. Bless you.

  26. Dawn Nowak

    The cornbread cheddar waffles OH YEAH!! Ever since I got a waffle iron we’ve been eating them with all kinds of things: with a cup of soup at lunch, with an egg for breakfast, instead of naan with curry…Always looking for different recipes for them – Drooling here…I can always count on you :)

  27. Angele

    I want to try one of these a day for the next week! Or maybe one per meal, (including a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack), and just cram the lot into one glorious day! About the hard-boiled eggs, (for you and Mariachi and everyone) – I discovered the practically-perfect-every-time hard-boil in Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone: put eggs in a pan, cover with cold water. Bring to a rolling boil, then let boil for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat, cover, and let sit for 7 minutes. Remove eggs from water and submerge in cold water. Seriously, this has never failed me! (I’m in Atlanta, which is around 1,050 feet above sea level – can’t vouch for anything higher :-)

  28. amy

    It must be Friday cuz when I first read the headline, I thought you had made a single sandwich with five eggs in it and that’s why the poor man in the picture looked so miserable… Anyway, my bad. These all look delish.

  29. MeganNJ

    OH feel better!! I had that cold, it HURT at first & then it went to the nose for a week, & laryngitis the week after. At lest the low talking & the squeaking sounds fun.

    Luckily I had made the crock-pot chicken stock before The Cold hit, how wonderful & easy that one is! This time instead of wings, I saw chicken backs … ew, but the whole pack was $2. A whole onion & too much garlic. It was just right, even if I couldn’t taste with the cold. Good luck & feel better!

    ( I do wonder, for later, if there is anything to do about a fish stock. )

  30. ciddyguy

    Deb, zomyGod, this is great. Fancy timing too since I just made my own version of your spinach open faced soft boiled smashed egg sandwich the other day for dinner.

    However, I didn’t have feta cheese, so use a sprinkling of parm cheese instead and had bacon crumpled on top, it was all good. The spinach was sauteed and drizzled with lemon juice, salt/pepper before placing onto the herbed baguette slices I had in the freezer.

    It was the case of, what shall I have for dinner? (this being on Thursday afternoon), and remembered, I had 4 slices of this baguette in the freezer sliced, a bunch of eggs, the dijon mustard, and all I needed was the spinach. There was my meal. :-)

    As for your rendition of the BLT, I first saw that and immediately recognized it as a BLT, but with a runny yolk included. I’ll take the regular BLT any day, or even a sweet onion sandwich (with Walla, Walla Sweets, instead of the Vidalia from Georgia) but really, it’s the same thing in my book. :-)

    Summer is indeed here.

    Hope you feel better, soon.

  31. Paula

    I cannot wait to try these. All the gorgeous photos were pulling me into the kitchen.Thanks for being so creative, I love to read and try out many of your recipes. Sorry you are not feeling well. Feel better soon.

  32. Hi- deliciousness with two typos- and that’s because you are under the weather!
    1st: tacos- cook youR onions…2nd: BLT- cook youR bacon.
    Please feel better- and thanks for your clever inspirations!

  33. Hope you feel better soon! I’ve taken a week long break from my own blog and didn’t even have a cold:) But seriously, I love these sandwiches, especially the first one (although they all look good). Pepper and eggs is big in our Italian household and I just recently warmed up to the idea of adding tomato sauce…your version looks amazing – must try! yummmm

  34. Barbara Thornbrough

    I can not imagine how you are putting anything out this week with that cold. I have it as well and decongestants are all I am interested in talking about. Perhaps an article on home remedies for man cold would be good. How to netipot safely. Hiw to gargle with salt water hoping the voice box will stop squeaking. Finay how to clear you ears. Ah I know. Shakes i am drinking –orange juice, frozen mangos, pedialyte and a half banana. Lots of ice. Then drink tea as i am freezing with the chills. All in all congrats and many thanks for getting anything out. Oh yes I did see The View with Walters retiring. So the flu has its upside. Keep hydrated. Bt

  35. Bethany

    Shakshuka was the first thing I have cooked from your blog (I’m a newbie!) and it was awesome!! I live in the Middle East so I was happy to find another new way to use za’atar. Delicious, will definitely add to my easy-to-cook brunch arsenal. Thanks!

  36. Diane Miller

    I feel your pain! I had that cold too. Really nasty one! First week felt like an allergy, 2nd week I was home from work (I NEVER do that!). Third week coughing. Fourth week, still coughing and so tired! Fifth week more of the same. Sixth week – I’m feeling normal again! Sending wishes that your cold is much shorter than mine was! PS: Love your blog, and your cookbooks!

  37. Beth

    I can’t believe these didn’t run – what an amazing array from such a simple idea. I will take one of each, please!

  38. KentuckyKate

    Once again, just skimming the latest entry and you make me want to cook everything! Do hope you’re feeling better, soon. And congratulations on keeping up despite all.

  39. NicM

    These look amazing! I recently picked up a za’atar blend and really like it. These could also be good in the summer when you want the cooking done before the kitchen heats up.

  40. seriously, that bodega egg sandwich changed my life. that might sound dramatic, except for the fact I’ve eaten it at least once a week since it was published! if my husband’s eating something else, I can literally whip it up in <5 minutes; I go on autopilot and it's all sense memory. so, thank you! as usual

  41. Whitney

    These all sound delicious! Our all time favorite is a fried egg with homemade maple peanut butter sandwiched between two waffles … yumtowm!

  42. 99bonk MD

    I am very sorry to hear that you went out into crowded and confined places when you were obviously infectious. How many people are now suffering from whatever you had as a result? Did you think of that at all?
    The most considerate thing anyone can do if they have a bad cold is to stay away from other people as much as possible.

  43. regina siciliano

    Hi Debbie,
    get well soon.In the meantime -make the best of it, as I can read from your wonderful recepies.
    I made your double chocolate banana bread about 5 times now.Everybody loves it. Many thanks-Gina

  44. Geri

    Another great post! How do you decide. All the choices puts me in “limbo”. Know an egg will be used that is for sure. Hurry and get well Debbie. I still think hot chicken soup is the best medicine. Lots of hot tea and drink plenty water. Talk to you later about food. OH get lots of rest. Your body needs it to heal. From a concerned mom. <3

  45. I attended a talk about blogging yesterday at the Ballymaloe Literary and Food Festival and Smitten Kitchen was mentioned as a perfect example of a food blog – and I couldn’t agree more! Beautiful photographs and mouth-watering recipes in one place! Who could not love it?

  46. I love now u turn a simple egg sandwich into 5 gourmet fabulousness, we need this for the packed lunches this week! Thanks for the genius creations.

  47. Amy

    Well the bachelorette party must have been fun at least! lol Thanks for the recipes these look really great, now I just have to decide which one to make first. I also have a ton of ideas to use those cheddar waffles in other recipes. I’ve never tried a hearty waffle before so that should be interesting. For the runny egg BLT I might try using some Texas toast to maybe soak up some of the egg more easily.

  48. So sorry to hear your sick. That stinks — worse yet, to lose your appetite. One of those egg incarnates (which look and sound divine) should help you get your strength back. The waffle one is calling my name! Thanks and feel better

  49. Courtney

    Your egg, potato, and chorizo tacos remind me of the breakfast tacos I used to get in Texas, though it sounds like you put more filling in them than in a traditional Texas breakfast taco. (In the normal course of events the tacos are small and come with a variety of fillings. People with a normal appetite will probably order 2, hungry people will probably order 3. People also tend to get different toppings on each taco.)

    Homesick Texan did a great post on them a while back.

  50. Catherine

    The runny egg BLT looks exactly like this cheap, yet tasty sandwich I’d get in Capistrano, CA, at this super run-down looking donut shop, of all places, called Donut World. Yum. Will definitely be making this.

  51. I am a true fan of egg sandwiches – Long Island egg salad, New England BaconEgg&Cheese (yes, that is all one word), or the PacNorthwest Egg on Rye with Smoked Salmon. Thank you for this post!

  52. AMTM@gettingbacktocooking

    Where have you been all my life? Love these recipes and your writing. Can’t wait to try these!

  53. Danielle

    Hello! Long time reader, but I think this is my first comment. I just wanted to say, asparagus pesto is so smart! I made a modified version of that sandwich for dinner last night, without eggs, funny enough, and with pickled radish instead of shallot. But I hate boiling and shocking, so I actually just put the olive oil, asparagus, salt, pepper, & garlic in a roasting pan for 35ish minutes at 350 and then scraped it all into the food processor, added the nuts and cheese and whirred it up. It worked really well!

  54. Lynn

    It was a long weekend here in Canada, just passed, and since I am obsessed with waffles I had to celebrate by giving the cheddar cornbread waffle sandwich a try Saturday morning. My waffle iron makes fairly thick waffles so I opted to make it open faced. My husband said it was the best thing he has ever eaten as he cried tears of joy into his breakfast. He made me make it Sunday and Monday as well – and further insisted that I open my own brunch place. Thanks for that :)

  55. zoe

    Egg sandwiches are my BFF. Pretty much perfect for any meal, and these look AMAZING! Especially the shakshuka one—why did I think of that?

  56. Anne

    Made the shakshuka tonight for a crowd of hungry college students and it was a big hit (and doubles very nicely)! We had trouble getting the pittas to slice properly so made them open-face. Still delicious, but definitely messy. I might omit the extra half-can of water next time, as the sauce was a bit on the runny side.

  57. Rebecca

    I made the asparagus pesto with asparagus from my garden and served it with whole wheat rotini. It was fantastic! Everyone enjoyed it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  58. Jameel Chohan

    Hi! Love this post and your website, of course! One of my favorites that my friends go nuts for is using your buttermilk biscuit and zucchini fritter recipes, and making a fried egg sandwich with cheese on top and fritter on the bottom. Thank you for everything you do =D

  59. I with the woman who went off into left field with the title. She thought it was 5 eggs in one sandwich and so did I at first. Then I reject that and thought it was five different kinds of eggs like chicken, duck, goose, quail—-got stuck after that.
    Ha. Instead what a much better surprise—–I love eggs. I could eat them everyday one way or another. This a quite a varied selection of recipes.

  60. Beth

    Okay, I’ve made three of the 5 so far this week as we’re on a staycation and my husband loves eggs. The Shakshuka was awesome and by far our favorite… and we aren’t people who even have za’atar yet alone knew what it was. Also made the tacos and they were excellent as well but we added some salsa to make it a little less dry tasting.

    I made the waffle one tonight and there has to be an issue with the greens recipe.. I boiled my greens first then sauteed with the onion like I do normally for creamed spinach but just was a bit bland and dry. The asparagus one is hopefully tomorrow’s breakfast or dinner to cap off our run. Thanks for the recipes.. I’m sure we’ll be coming back for that Shakshuka.

  61. Michelle

    “I have to choose between going out and having a full day or having a really grand breakfast” Ain’t that the truth. (Much obscured by many rose-colored blog posts.) These all look delicious, as usual.

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  63. richard

    Shakshouka = omg fantastic! Made it this evening as directed for my very happy family. Only quibble with recipe as written: it took more than 6 minutes for egg whites to set. Only quibble with the dish: the amount given in the recipe disappeared in one sitting!

  64. Wow, these photos are crazy delicious! I have never in my life seen an egg look so good! I love the pittas especially…aside from looking insanely voluminous…they are basically my favorite things ever rolled into a chunky pouch…Mediterranean veg – snappy red peppers, drizzles of olive oil and creamy feta. Food rarely gets better than that. Awesome photos.

  65. Rebecca

    I’ve made the asparagus pesto and served it over whole wheat rotini twice so far and it’s the best! Thanks for the inspiration!

  66. OMG! I love your sandwiches so much. I always cook open face sandwiches in my toaster oven. But I never imagined that sandwiches can be that lovely and attractive.

  67. Adria

    I made the Shakshuka and it was delicious. I had only one problem – by adding the water, it took at least 30 min longer to simmer off all of the liquid to make the sauce thick enough to be poured into a pita. Maybe don’t add the water initially, just add as needed? Or just expect to simmer for a lot longer. Thanks for your creations!

  68. Megan

    Made the cheddar cornbread waffles with poached egg and creamed spinach while vacationing up north with my family this past weekend. It was a HUGE hit, absolutely delicious! I had extra waffles- made a great bun for left over pulled pork :)

  69. Charlotte

    Just popping in to say the shakshuka sandwich (fun to say!) is a favorite around my house. I happened upon a different shakshuka recipe today, but diverted right back to here, once I remembered how long it’s been since we’ve had them!

  70. So many great ideas. This is the first time I’ve been on your website, but there are loads of recipes I want to try and make now!

    Thanks for how much effort you obviously put into these recipes.

  71. ellent124

    Love the Man Cold! Trouble is, you need a wife to take care of you, but instead, you got a husband 😉. You’ve been doing it all I expect instead of lying around whining with a bell! Feel better!