Roasted Veggie Breakfast Sandwich
Ahhhhh! The week before Memorial Day!! I can’t believe it has been a month since I was in China looking for great products. It is sunny,raining, the occasional thunderstorm passing through the night, and a new beginning for our family. As you may have read in our ‘about us’ section on our website, we are a large family, with professional interests in cooking, quality, and productivity-and that’s not just describing our children!
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On a visit to Israel a few years ago, I enjoyed shakshuka. It is a breakfast dish, with roasted tomato, red pepper and other vegetables with the eggs poached in the veggie like stew. It is delicious with a nice crusty bread to dip in it, so why not do something with a similar flavor profile on a sandwich? So here it is, a shakshuka inspired breakfast sandwich.
Israeli Breakfast Sandwich
For this blog, I thought I would start out with a simple recipe using our rack, of course, and shake up our breakfast. So, using last nights leftover veggies, I am cooking up a roasted veggie breakfast sandwich. No one is going to get up early enough to roast veggies and then make breakfast with them, but how great is it if you made extras from the night before, and just add eggs?
I cut zucchini and tomatoes to about 1/4 inch thickness and then roasted them. Tomatoes first at about 325 for an hour, then up the temperature to 425 degrees and finish the zucchini, about 15 minutes. Watch the tomatoes that they don’t burn. Using the bottoms cuts of the tomato makes it a bit more sturdy.
First, a tutorial on roasting red peppers……
Red peppers are fabulous roasted on the rack, over a foil lined pan, so I like to cook those ahead and keep them in the fridge for a week or so. Wash and dry them, then remove tops, ribs, and seeds, smash flat, brush lightly with oil, and place under preheated broiler or in very hot oven…450-500. Roast until blackened to your preference, I like them quite black.
Remove and place in small bowl covered with foil or glass plate, or wrap them in the foil that lined the pan you put the rack on. Allow them to cool, this will steam them and will help the skins to be removed quite easily if you want. I like using Italian sweets and leave the skin on as the flesh is thinner…SOOOOO delicious. Rinsing under water will remove flavor. Leave some of the black skin bits on. Yum!!
Store Roasted peppers in a jar, cover them with olive oil (you can add basil or rosemary if you like)and keep refrigerated. How long? I have seen recommendations for a few days up to 10. They are so delicious they usually don’t last more than a day or two anyway. Freeze them, covered in oil if you have a lot of them. They freeze very well. You can also vacuum pack and freeze, or do in a pressure cooker as gifts at the Holidays. Do not have garlic in the canned oil/pepper, as you risk botulism poisoning. There are a number of recipes in my (free) recipe books that use them, but they are great just about anywhere alone, in sauces, sandwiches, eggs, etc.
Tomatoes take a longer time on a lower heat, and onions benefit from a longer roast, so I started them both a bit earlier, about an hour or two at 300 degrees. Let them get a bit wrinkly and a little bit brown for more flavor.
After they obtain a gentle softness, lose some of their moisture, but before they start to brown, I add slightly oiled zucchini to the mix on the rack. Remove rack, and while the oven is coming up to 450 degrees, add the zucchini to the rack. The zucchini will brown quickly, probably about 10-15 minutes-watch the tomatoes so they do not burn.
So, you will have done all of this the night or two before. All you need to do is pop a nice piece of artisan bread into the toaster, start the egg, and get ready to enjoy.
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leftover roasted veggies including but not limited to, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, red bell pepper,
feta cheese, crumbled
egg, gently fried, firm yolk
artisan bread toasted-ciabbata, sourdough baguette, sub sandwich roll, challah, English Muffin?
mayonnaise of choice-aioli, avocado mayo, or not at all
meat such as prosciutto, ham, etc. optional
Place toasted roll on cutting board, put tomatoes on first, pressing down gently so some of the juice is absorbed into the bread. layer vegetable on top of the tomato, sprinkle with some feta, then put hot egg on top. put mayonnaise on top piece and place on top of your crowning glory, pressing down gently to meld the pieces together a little.
Using an English Muffin you can layer all the ingredients as per the directions for a delicious and somewhat smaller sandwich, and definitely less messy.
This is a bit messy, but so worth it, so lean over the plate or cover your shirt when you eat this for breakfast so you don't drip on it!
- Nancy Oar