Go West, young manPosted: March 24, 2011
Since winter is still so very much upon us up here in the Northeast, my mind — and taste buds — have decided to take a little trip. And where better to go than out West, where it’s warm and sunny? So that got me thinking about a Western egg, that classic mix of eggs, peppers, onions and ham.
But why not kick it up a few notches to really blast away the winter blues? Two kinds of peppers. Zesty pepper jack cheese. And some spicy ketchup. Yep, you’d definitely go West for that.
Western Egg Sandwich with Spicy Ketchup
For the sandwich:
– 2 Eggs
– 2 slices of honey baked ham, cut into small pieces
– 1 tablespoon each of diced onion, green bell pepper & red bell pepper
– Pepper jack cheese
– Olive oil
– Salt & pepper
– Kaiser roll
For the spicy ketchup:
– 1 part tomato ketchup
– 1 part barbecue sauce
– Tabasco sauce
– Montreal Steak seasoning
Let’s start with the ketchup. It’s incredibly easy to make because there’s no measuring involved. Simply take ketchup, barbecue sauce (I used Stubb’s, one of my favorites), a dash of Tabasco for a little heat and a sprinkle of Montreal Steak seasoning. Mix and you’re done. It goes really well with a fried egg, on a hamburger or with fries.
Now for the sandwich. Crack the eggs into a bowl, season with salt & pepper and whisk. Set aside.
Heat a tablespoon of oil and a tablespoon of butter in a small pan on medium heat. When hot, add the onions and peppers and cook until soft. Add the eggs and the ham, stir everything together, and let it cook until the eggs set. Using a spatula or a spoon, lift the edges of the egg so the bottom also sets. When completely set, flip over and fry for another minute or so.
Spread spicy ketchup on both halves of the roll and then build your sandwich (bottom roll, fried egg, pepper jack cheese slices, top roll). Cut and enjoy.
In each bite, you’ll get the bold flavors of the peppers and onions. They still have a little crunch to them, which is nice. The eggs are fluffy, the ham is salty/sweet, the cheese is mild and creamy. And tucked in there is the spicy ketchup, adding a subtle kick that complements the other flavors rather than overpowers them.
Snow, sleet, rain, sunshine … I could eat this no matter what the weather is like outside.