Simple Pleasures: Pesto Gruyere Egg Toastie
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Simple Pleasures: Pesto Gruyere Egg Toastie


Breakfast sandwiches are undoubtedly one of my favorite things to eat when I want something a little more decadent in the mornings. It's usually a treat to eat something heavy like that, maybe on a weekend or on vacation. But even on those special occasions, I get a little tired of the same old thing. Breakfast sandwiches are usually composed of an egg, some kind of meat (sausage, ham, bacon or prosciutto) and finally some melted cheese. 

Well some days, I want something a bit more satisfying than oatmeal or a light scramble but don't want something as heavy as a full breakfast sandwich with the works. And so one morning, I'm home scrounging through my fridge thinking of what to make before I rush off to work. I end up concocting a Pesto Gruyere Egg Grilled Cheese Toastie. 

I had gotten the pesto gruyere cheese from Trader Joe's knowing this cheese is going to melt beautifully in grilled cheese or even make some amazing Mac and Cheese with a twist. But on this particular morning, I felt inspired to use this cheese in my breakfast sandwich. And to make it a bit more guiltless, I used the the Sprouted Wheat bread from Trader Joe's. 

I layered the cheese and fried up two eggs and made essentially a grilled cheese sandwich with eggs.

 I also doused some hot sauce in the sandwich before grilling it because I like it hot.

And my god, something as simple as combining a simple grilled cheese with some fried eggs  turned out to be just the right thing. Sometimes its the simple pleasures that hit the spot.

About the Author

"I run a business by day, work the kitchen lines at night, switch into blogger mode by midnight and occasionally travel the world to hunt for inspiration" Kathy Fang is chef and co-owner of Fang, a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco offering a fresh take on dishes influenced by both Northern and Southern China’s cuisine. The daughter of famed House of Nanking chef/owner Peter Fang, Ms. Fang has emerged from her renowned culinary family to enliven San Francisco’s food scene with her own cuisine at Fang Restaurant located in the city’s South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood. She has contributed and appeared in numerous publications such as Wall Street Journal, Self Magazine, Men's Journal, SF Chronicle, Singtao Daily, Examiner, Munchies, and makes appearances on Food Network, CNN, and Travel Channel. She recently became a two time Chopped Champion.