Recipe: The "Spanglish" Sandwich

This is the famous sandwich from the movie “Spanglish”. Altogether not a fantastic movie, the only saving grace being this fabulous sandwich! The infamous Thomas Keller created this lovely gem. And frankly its one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten, and I crave it from time to time. Below is the original recipe with the substitutions I use marked as such.

3-4 slices of bacon
2 slices of Monterrey Jack cheese – I’ve been known to change this up with Farmer’s Cheese or Provolone as well, both very good! I used American for the one posted, good, but better with the previous choices.
2 slices of pain de champagne (rustic country loaf), toasted – I usually use a sourdough or Asiago cheese as those are my favorites. Pictured is regular french bread.
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
4 tomato slices
2 leaves of butter lettuce (like Boston) – I usually use Romaine or whatever I have on hand however
1 teaspoon butter
1 egg

First crisp and cook the bacon. My preferred method is in the oven. Take a cookie sheet (with sides) and line with foil (for easy cleanup) and lay the bacon out flat on the pan. Don’t overlap any pieces and don’t curl them. Put the cold pan into a cold oven and turn it on to 425 degrees and bake for about 12 to 20 minutes. Watch it closely to preventing burning, as it will burn very fast after the 15 minute mark. This cooks the bacon in perfectly flat straight pieces with no curling sides! I tend to burn it when I make it on the stove top, and besides, who wants bacon grease “popping” all over their kitchen?


Now toast the bread however you like, broiler, stove top, toaster oven, toaster. Whichever way you prefer. The original recipe states to do it in the broiler but frankly, I have a toaster and I’m lazy…I’d rather just use that.

Slather on a layer of mayo on both pieces of bread and top both with a piece of cheese.

Now cook the egg with the butter in a skillet. Your attempting to cook it sunny side up, but not long enough for the yolk to harden, you want it runny.

On one slice of cheese and bread layer bacon, lettuce, tomato, egg (be very careful not to break the yolk!) and then the other slice of cheese topped bread (cheese down, of course). Slice the sandwich down the middle so the yolk “flows” over the whole thing and serve!

This is NOT a low-fat or fat free food. But sometimes it just hits the spot and nothing else will do. If you must know the diet information, it and the history of the sandwich are posted. Just don’t choke on the high calorie count!! And double check the numbers…my math doesn’t add up to what he posted.



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