You guys have seen the movie Spanglish, right? Came out a few years ago, about a maid who sort of falls in love with her married boss, who coincidentally happens to be the "best" chef in America. The movie isn't terrible; Tea Leoni is kinda funny in it. And the relationship between Adam Sandler and Paz Vega is interesting, but the most unforgettable part of the movie is this sandwich.
One evening after a late night at the restaurant, Adam Sandler's character comes home and makes a sandwich. Not just any sandwich. But the best sandwich ever created.
The sandwich is actually pretty simple and relies heavily on good quality ingredients. It's on a white, rustic bread. One slice has melted cheese (monterey jack, to be specific), the other slice has a swipe of mayonnaise, butter lettuce, fresh tomato slices and bacon. Oh and a fried egg over easy, which makes it a tad bit messy, but really just results in it being totally awesome.
You may be wondering how I learned how to make this thing. Well, one night when I was bored out of my mind I decided to watch the special features on the DVD and there it was: a two minute video featuring Thomas Keller making the sandwich in the movie, alongside Adam Sandler.
I think it might've been that night when I ran to the store to get all of the ingredients and made it for the first time. Soon after, it was my go-to meal I made when people came over. It was the first meal I ever mastered and could make in my sleep. I served it to all my friends and they all loved it.
Did you have a go-to, sure fire meal that you know will please anyone it comes in contact with? Doesn't it feel awesome to know a dish will work out?
Recipe by Thomas Keller
Yields 1 sandwich
3 slices of bacon
2 slices of country white bread (or of your choice)
2 slices of monterey jack cheese
½ teaspoon of mayonnaise
2 pieces of butter lettuce
2 slices of tomato
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium-sized pan over medium heat, fry up your bacon. When it's done, remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Place your monterey jack cheese on one slice of bread and place it under the broiler until melted (I did it in a conventional oven). Take the other slice of bread and spread the ½ teaspoon of mayonnaise (you can obviously add more if you like).
If you have a non-stick pan, melt butter over medium heat and fry your egg.
If you're using a skillet like I have pictured above, drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan. When it's hot, crack your egg and fry until done.
Assemble the sandwich, placing the bacon on the slice with the cheese and the lettuce, tomato and fried egg on the other. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper and bring the two slices together. Cut in half and enjoy.
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why are there comments from december and january on here? is this a really old post? oh well - loved the movie and love the sandwich just dont know how a BLT with egg is spanglish though....
The Spanglish sandwich is great. It's only competition, sandwichwise, comes from the Crabmeat and Bacon triple decker, which I discovered in Lahaina, Hawaii. Lump crabmeat (you can go with canned, but then it's just good, not World Class), mixed with a little (home made) mayo, some diced celery, green onions, a couple of drops of worcestershire sauce, and sliced pickled jalapenos to taste. Spread it on a slice of toasted home-made white bread, cover with another slice of toast. Fry some thick cut good bacon until crisp but still a little chewy, slice some vine-ripened tomatoes (a little on the thick side), and a couple of leaves of butter lettuce. Add a third slice of bread (spread with what's left of the home-made mayo). Enjoy with a cold beer or lemony iced tea. It's beyond good. Making mayo is easy. Making mayo is easy, there are tons of recipes. Find one with ingredients that sound good to you...lemon juice versus vinegar, some have garlic, some don't...just be patient and slowly drizzle the olive oil into the egg yolks until they emulsify...you can even do it in a blender.
Use Brie cheese instead - fantastic taste and texture.
Graceful title. I dunno how to thank you though.
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So unusual to me there is an actual forum on this sandwich, I was looking for the yoga move Tea Leoni does in spanglish to try it my self. Turns out its not just holding the position thats hard but getting into it was a little difficult its as well, I could only do it for a few seconds. Anyways I made this sandwich the next morning after seeing this movie. Its a regular meal now. However I use a piece of thin sliced roast beef or a favorite salami put directly on the melted cheese after taken out of the oven.
Try it with sourdough hearth bread....out of this world!
My mom used to make the best fried egg and fresh onion sandwiches. I think it may have been the use of fresh butter and homemade bread but it brings tears to my eyes and it's not because of the onion. And oh, yes, I too loved this movie. <3
Have a great day! Thanks for sharing. :0
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This like an ultimate, and it sounds delicious (minus the mayo). I think i may to make this with my own spint on it, thanks for sharing. and I never did get around to watching all of Spanglish, but now I'll have to rent it just because 🙂
found the link on food gawker... been craving this sandwich ever since i saw it. just made it-- yum.
Bacon? Fried Egg? Bread? Oh, and let's not forget the cheese. Yes. Yes, please.
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