Thursday, April 15, 2010

My new favorite lunch: Fried Egg and Kale Sandwich!

On Tuesday my husband was having a big interview for a new position and needed a quick lunch that would stay with him.  Honestly our cupboards and refrigerator have been looking pretty bare of late.  The first thing that popped into my head was oatmeal because it seems to stick with me during the day but I thought it wasn't lunch food enough and more protein was needed.  I saw the eggs in the refrigerator and the wheels in my head started turning. I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled this wonderful sandwich together for him.  I ended up making one for myself later since I wasn't too hungry at the time he was eating. It was DELICIOUS!!!!

Fried Egg and Kale Sandwich

2 eggs
3-4 leaves of kale
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
paprika to taste
slice of bread toasted

Set out two pans on medium heat, one for the eggs and one for the kale.  You'll be working both the kale and the eggs sort of at the same time so the sandwich can pull nicely together.  If you'd prefer to do one at a time I'm sure that's okay too.  For the kale: Put about 1/2 tablespoon of butter into the pan until its nicely melted then add in the kale and sauté, turning occasionally for 3-5 minutes.  I got my method of frying eggs from this wonderful book, The Culinary Institute of America: Breakfasts and BrunchesBefore this book I was always terrified of frying eggs but they make it very simple and flawless to make.  Put about 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pan, crack two eggs into a bowl and once the olive oil is hot slide the eggs onto the pan.  Cook for about two minutes.  (While they were cooking I sprinkled on some paprika.)  Tilt the pan slightly and with a pastry brush, brush a little oil over the egg yolks to help set them.  I prefer my eggs over medium so I usually flip the eggs and allow them to set for another minute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve on some toasted bread with the kale on top.  I had this great Tomato Mozzarella bread from Great Harvest Bread Company that was perfect.