There is a little local sandwich shop that Henry and I love to visit for lunch and weekend breakfasts. In a town where franchise chain restaurants seem to be overpopulating, this "mom-and-pop" spot is filled charm. They make amazing sandwiches and have a huge knack for pairing interesting flavors together to make ordinary sandwiches truly unique and extra delicious. Additionally, they make all their bread fresh, daily--Good Sandwich 101: You ALWAYS start with good quality bread!
*inspired by Baguette's Deli, Elk Grove, Ca.
makes 4 small sandwiches (adjust the amount of ingredients based on the number of servings you are making)
8 slices of ciabatta bread (about 6" in width)
natural apricot preserves (I used one with reduced sugar)
1 jalapeño pepper (seeds/ribs removed and thinly sliced)
black forest ham
4 large eggs
panini grill (or two skillets)
1. Lay out the bread on a platter and spread about 1/2-1 tbsp of mascarpone cheese on 4 slices. Spread 1/2-1 tbsp of apricot preserves on the remaining 4 slices. Sprinkle the sliced jalapeño over each piece of bread. *Note: Add more or use less of the spreads/jalapeño to fit your taste.
2. Add 2-3 slices of black forest ham onto the slices of bread covered with mascarpone cheese. Top all of these slices with their corresponding apricot preserve sides. Grill on a heated panini press (or on a pan using another skillet to weigh down the sandwiches on the stove) for about 5-8 minutes on medium-low. The bread should be crisp and golden brown.
3. While the sandwiches are being grilled/pressed, heat a griddle pan or skillet with a little olive oil. Fry up one egg for each sandwich. For over-medium eggs, cook one side on medium-low until the whites settle (about 3-4 minutes). Gently flip each egg and cook the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes. *Note: Cook the egg according to your preference-- if you want the yolk a little runnier, then reduce the amount of time.
4. To assemble, remove the sandwiches from the panini press/grill and place them on plates or a platter. Remove one side of each sandwich, place a fried egg inside, then place the top slice back. Enjoy!