The best part of my day is undoubtedly the hour-long walk from my Marina apartment to work in the Financial District. The leisurely stroll provides time to daydream, talk with friends and family on the phone, listen to music, and mentally prepare for the long day ahead. My route takes me past some of the treasures of my beautiful city - I catch glimpses of both the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridge, pass Coit Tower, and walk underneath the Transamerica Pyramid.
Perhaps my least favorite part of the daily expedition is passing through North Beach streets littered with tourists dining on breakfast delicacies and sipping mimosas at the plethora of sidewalk cafes. Pangs of jealousy hit hard as the aromas of fresh-from-the-oven croissants, French toast, and frittatas fill the air. I’m convinced that one of these days, I’m going to call in sick and crash one of these deliciously lazy breakfasts.
Of all the touristy treats, the most appealing is the infamous “Egg in a Hole Breakfast Sandwich” at Reveille Coffee Co. on Columbus. The sandwich, which has developed a bit of a cult following, is part grilled cheese, part eggs and toast. A variation on the croquet madame, sans béchamel. I’m often caught standing in the window salivating over the beautiful dish.
Late last night, I couldn’t get the sandwich off of my mind. Rather than skip work today, I decided to recreate the Egg in a Hole at home, and share it with all of you! While the Reveille version is served with kale and bacon, in the interest of accessibility I kept it simple with four ingredients: egg, cheese, bread, and butter.
The result was absolutely mindblowing. Though my breakfast pizza and eggs en cocotte are my typical choices for morning company – each requires a lot of herb chopping that takes up time that I’d prefer to spend with my guests. This meal, demanding less than ten minutes start to finish, is my new go-to. If the North Beach tourists had any idea how scrumptious this sandwich is, they’d surely be dining in the Marina chez-moi instead! xx tt
t+tTIP: Serve your favorite person the Egg in a Hole Breakfast Sandwich with a delicious breakfast cocktail from Kentucky. You will surely become his or her favorite person if you aren’t already…
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- ½ ounce beaten egg white
- 1 teaspoon apricot preserves
In a shaker, combine ingredients. Shake well with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.