Breakfast of the Newly Hired—Open Faced Italian Fried Egg Sandwiches

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italianeggsandLOYou would have thought I would have eaten a breakfast of champions before going to my new job at Yahoo Food, right? Nope.

Before my first day, I got plenty of rest (thanks to jet lag, I slept through most of the weekend). I did plenty of food-related reading and research. I picked out my first day at a new job outfit (and then tried on 20 other outfits the morning of, flinging dresses all around my bedroom in frustration and ended up wearing what I first chose anyway). After spending all of my attention on what skirt and blazer combination would make the best impression (I chose a purple skirt, naturally), I ran out of time to prepare a well-balanced breakfast. In a panic, I toasted two pieces of bread, slathered butter on them, and bolted out the door.

I cannot start my new gig as a food editor with such a pathetic first meal. For shame!

I promised myself to take the time and make something Yahoo Food worthy for breakfast on day two. I made open faced Italian fried egg sandwiches with basil, parmesan cheese and zesty marinara sauce for E and I yesterday. It’s an easy, filling breakfast sandwich for go-getters in the classroom or the boardroom. Many people have a version of this easy sammie, like Giada de Laurentiis. I tweaked the basic recipe with a few spices and herbs; E added a bit of chili oil to his for an extra kick, when coffee just isn’t enough to get ya started.

I was full when I got on the subway, but hungry for my new gig. Let’s do this.

pat of butter
2 eggs
1 cup marinara sauce
1 English muffins (I used my favorite 3 Meal Portuguese Muffins. Two slices of whole wheat toast also works)
4-5 slices parmesan cheese
basil leaves
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
pinch of salt
pinch black pepper
chili oil or hot sauce (optional)

Melt pat of butter in a non stick pan over medium heat. Fry eggs sunny side up: crack eggs in pan, and cook until egg yolk is set and white of egg is now longer translucent. Remove eggs from pan and place on a plate. In a saucepan, heat marinara sauce. Toast muffins or bread. On one slice of muffin or bread, rub garlic on toasted bread. Layer on parmesan cheese, then spoon on marinara sauce. Layer basil, then place egg on top. Spoon on more marinara sauce. Sprinkle on chopped parsley. Sprinkle on salt and black pepper. Repeat for second sandwich. Serve.

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