World’s greatest sandwich?

When I first saw “Spanglish” a few years ago, the scene in which Adam Sandler’s character makes a sandwich caught my attention. His character, a chef, is making himself a late-night snack. He takes his time crafting exactly what he wants to eat — frying the egg, cooking the bacon, broiling the cheese on the bread. After a long day, it’s his reward for himself.

I tried to make a version of it at the time and remember it being delicious. I recently found myself thinking about that sandwich again, but couldn’t remember everything that was on it, so I turned to the Internet to see if I could find it anywhere.

I found a DVD extra, titled “The World’s Greatest Sandwich,” on YouTube. It turns out the movie producers called Thomas Keller, chef and owner of The French Laundry, in to make what a chef would want as a late-night snack. He said he enjoys something salty with a beer, and the sandwich is what he came up with for Sandler’s character.

The result really hits the spot. I don’t know about it being the world’s greatest sandwich, but it’s pretty damn good.

Late-night BLT sandwich with fried egg and cheese
3 to 4 thick slices of bacon
2 slices Monterey Jack cheese
2 slices pain de campagne (rustic country loaf), whole-grain bread or sourdough bread, toasted
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
4 slices tomato
2 leaves butter lettuce
1 teaspoon butter
1 egg

Cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Place the slices of cheese on one slice of the toasted bread and place in a toaster oven or under a broiler to melt the cheese.

Spread the other slice of toast with the mayonnaise, top with the cooked bacon, the sliced tomato and the lettuce.

In a nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Fry the egg, turning over briefly when the bottom is set (keep the yolk runny).

Slide the finished egg on top of the lettuce. Top with the other slice of toast, melted cheese side down. Place the sandwich on a plate and slice in half, letting the yolk run down the sandwich.

Makes one late-night sandwich.

3 thoughts on “World’s greatest sandwich?

  1. The sandwich looks marvelous. I just finished dinner and just the picture of the sandwich made my mouth water. Mike and I used to make a similar sandwich when we were young and could eat such things. We called it the galopcious….I will see if Mike can remember what it was like and I will send it to you. I love your posts….haven’t tried anything yet because I am so into genealogy with my niece. We are having a reunion of sorts soon with my niece and my brother and I am trying to shovel out my house to make it presentable. I read in the Milwaukee Journal today about cleaning windows with just newspaper and windex. I head heard of it years ago and thought it was a crock, but today, I tried it and it is the BEST. It tood me a much shorter time than my old methods and looks great. We will see what it looks like when the sun hits the big three pane patio windows in the morning, Love you, Gma A
    P.S. I am going to make your strawberry pie for the reunion and have never made a pie crust in my life. I am scared, but your pictures and directions looked almost do-able for me. GmaA

  2. I remember the scene and thanks for the background 🙂 I’ll have to try making this, it sounds really good!!

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