Food & Drink

I'm Chris - or Christopher - or Mr. Dean - or Master Christopher - or just plain Sir. I'm a self-professed foodie. I love to cook and I take great pleasure in all things edible. My husband and I are relatively new to Portland, Oregon and are enjoying our culinary explorations of the area!

Food is NOT just fuel!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Breakfast Sandwich for Dinner

I had some soft potato buns and really wanted to use them before they started to get firm.  I often make egg sandwiches for breakfast, but this time - since it was for dinner - I wanted something a little heartier.  Admittedly, these sandwiches were a touch on the "Dagwood" side (and I'm only 34...but "Blondie" was around for a lot of my youth, so if you don't get the reference...I hate you...haha).

I basically just decided to take everything that would be in a really nice omelet and make a sandwich out of it.  And for some reason right off the bat I knew that I wanted to make a chipotle mayonnaise for the sandwich.  Lo and behold, I found a jar of it at the grocery store and didn't have to do it myself.  And I'll tell you what, it's quite tasty!

So this was dinner one night this week.  Really quite easy - and delicious if served with tater tots!  :)  And while it's not the most photogenic sandwich I've ever made, it certainly was yummy!

1 thick slice of ham (I found a packaged "ham steak" slice about 1/2 inch thick)
Potato buns
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 Tbl. olive oil
6 eggs, scrambled (I generally scramble my eggs with a little cream, salt & pepper)
2 Tbl. butter
White cheddar cheese, sliced (2 slices per sandwich)
Chipotle mayonnaise (feel free to make it yourself, I didn't!)

Heat up the olive oil in a pan, and throw in the peppers and onion.  Add some salt to make them start breaking down.  Saute these for about 4-5 minutes until they begin to get tender.  While that's cooking, in a bowl scramble the eggs and set aside.

Cut the ham into pieces the same size as the buns.  You can either heat the ham up on the stove in a pan (both sides) until heated through, or simply throw it in the microwave for a minute.

Add the butter to the peppers & onion, once melted add the eggs and cook over medium-high heat.  Do not continue scrambling them in the pan, instead you should try for a frittata-like consistency.  Move the eggs around to ensure even cooking on the bottom.  Once the bottom of the eggs is cooked, place the pan under the broiler to cook the top.  This shouldn't take more than 2 minutes.  Slice the frittata into pieces relatively the same size as the buns.  Add a smear of the chipotle mayonnaise to each side of the bun, place the cheddar cheese on first followed by the hot ham, and then the eggs.


  1. What? No duck eggs? Just regular old chicken eggs, lol? Actually, we have chicken eggs also and are always looking for ways to use them. Even after forcing them on friends and family we still end up with too many once spring arrives.

    I have also heard of Blondie and Dagwood, and I may be just a tiny, tiny bit older than you. By a year. Or two:)


  2. I know, sometimes I do use chicken eggs. I don't have an endless supply of duck eggs like SOME people! :) Besides, they're a dollar each, so I only use them when they are actually the star of a meal. By the way, did you try a duck egg yet?

  3. Ouch, that is expensive! I wouldn't use them for everything either.

    As for the eating of the duck egg, it will take place tomorrow morning! I'll let you know how I like it.

  4. Well, I have finally eaten my first duck egg, and, I liked it! We had them with ham and fried potatoes. Joe even put them under the broiler for a bit like you suggested. They were just the way I like my eggs with the yolks still runny so I can dunk my toast in them. Of course, I had to grovel and admit that I was wrong about not liking them and I did have to hear one "I told you you would like them". So next time I may have to try them scrambled!


  5. Barb - I knew you would like them. Was is a big to-do with fanfare when you tried them? :) Try poaching them sometime too!

    Next up, Ostrich Egg! I'm going to get one at the end of May. I have a few friends coming into town for a visit, and I thought a MASSIVE ostrich egg omelet would be a fun way to feed all 4 of us for breakfast.

  6. Joe and I were the only ones home when we had the duck eggs, so no big fanfare but it was a big deal. Me not eating the duck eggs has kind of turned into a long running joke in my husband's family and they are actually referred to as the "damn duck eggs" because of all the talk about me not eating them. I'm the transplanted city girl that married the youngest of 8 kids who took over the family farm. So, yesterday afternoon, my brother-in-law called from Arkansas to say that he heard from Gracie(husband's sister) that I finally ate the "damn duck egg"! Lol. So yeah, it was a big deal!

    We don't have any Ostrich's running around our yard laying eggs so I probably won't be trying one anytime soon. It sounds like fun!

    Sorry this was so long winded, I guess I kind of took over!


  7. I love the story behind the duck eggs, Barb. And I'm glad you tried (and liked) them!