Grilled Cheese W/Bacon, Spinach, Tomatoes & Fried Eggs

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READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Manami

Esi Impraim's inspiration: chef Thomas Keller's Cheesy fried-egg BLT in the 2004 movie Spanglish. Impraim's version is quite different from the original-and just as delicious. Sunset Magazine, July 2009 edition. Have tweaked this, so as to cut down on the caloric value without changing the flavor. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak tomatoes in warm water until they're very soft, 20 to 30 minutes, then dry with paper towels.
  2. In a large nonstick frying pan, fry eggs in 1/4 tablespoons butter & some olive-oil cooking spray, over medium heat until whites are just set.
  3. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoons butter (more if needed), 1/4 teaspoons salt, pepper to taste, pinch of red pepper flakes, the parsley, thyme, and lemon juice.
  5. Transfer eggs to a plate.
  6. Spread herb butter on 1 side of each bread slice, dividing evenly.
  7. Turn 2 slices over and top with gouda, bacon, tomatoes, and spinach, dividing evenly.
  8. Top each sandwich with a fried egg and remaining bread slices, buttered sides up.
  9. Cook sandwiches (using olive-oil cooking spray - wherever you can) until golden brown, turning once, about 8 minutes total.

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