So I have a grown up job. I work 8-5 every weekday and wake up earlier than I had to in high school.
Every-single-morning I dragged myself out of bed in high school, I promised myself I would be rich enough to never have to wake up before my own mind and body wanted me to wake up.
But I’m not rich. And I wake up to an alarm Monday-Friday after pressing snooze at least 5 times. That’s an extra 45 minutes I rather spend half asleep, getting jolted awake by an alarm and searching for my phone that inevitably gets lost in the covers every 9 minutes per snooze then to get my butt out of bed in the morning.
Clearly, I am not a morning person. However, I have found a little piece of sandwichy goodness that makes waking up a little easier. A homemade prosciutto and egg sandwich that just needs to be reheated in the morning. I was sent this simple but fantastic (hence the eggtastic) recipe by a friend of mine at my new grown up job. Thanks Ashley for the tip and thanks to Macheesmo for this great recipe.
Prosciutto broken into bite size pieces
Grab a muffin tin and spray with cooking spray. Then crack an egg in each muffin area. This method cooks the eggs into the perfect sandwich shape.
Place the tray in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. While waiting for the eggs to cook, slice the muffins. Place the muffins on a cookie sheet and put into the oven to toast. You can toast the muffins while cooking the eggs. Multitask my friends!!
Arrange the egg, cheese and prosciutto on the bread and.. well.. you’re done!
Stick the sandwiches in the freezer for an hour uncovered. This trick allows all the moisture to evaporate and creates a less soggy product. After an hour, wrap each one in aluminum foil and put them all into a bag. This bag o’eggs is about to be your morning glory for the next week or so. Once you’re ready to grab one of these puppies to defrost in the morning, just heat them up in an oven for about 20 minutes on 250 degrees with the foil on. The cheese melts and the egg gets all toasty warm. The original recipe did not have any meat on the sandwich, but Lover Boy and I need pork in almost every meal possible so we added the prosciutto. Even though it dried out in the freezing process, once you warm the sandwich up, the salty addition is bliss.
These have become a life saver.
I have been to Italy three times, all before the age of 13 so my memories of the boot-shaped country are blurry and a little lost. Smell is supposed to be the number one trigger of a memory and I absolutely agree with that. But when smell, sound and taste are combined, they paint a picture for your sight and you can practically place yourself into the memory, even if you can’t actually see it in your mind.
When I step into Pappalecco, the smell of espresso, the sound of the milk frother and the taste of saltiness that touches your tongue seem to make my faint memories wobble from the back part of my brain into the forefront.
Pappalecco has two locations in San Diego. One in Hillcrest and another in Little Italy. Everything about the cafe feels authentic. The glass displays contain perfect little pre-made sandwiches and delicate pastries and cookies. There are mounds of creamy gelato and the employees all greet you with an enthusiastic “Ciao!”
Now I’m not writing this post to talk about teenage Lanie and her adventures in Italy, but about a beautifully complete panini. Panini’s have become a popular concept among restaurants and cafes and I have had my fair share. This panini however, is by far my favorite.
The Melanzana contains prosciutto, grilled eggplant, fresh mozzarella, basil, and an herbed aioli. The ingredients inside are pressed together and each of the different flavors are blended to make each bite perfection. The saltiness of the prosciutto combined with the stringy texture of the eggplant is balanced by the creamy mozzarella and the fresh taste of the basil. The whole panini is drizzled with a sweet balsamic reduction that really brings the whole dish together. The rich inside of the panini are paired with a crusty bread that really makes the sandwich stand apart from most impostors. It is not spungy like most panini’s but rather crunchy and chewy in all the right parts. Before placing the panini in the press, they brush the outside with oil and dust it with salt and freshly cracked pepper which is my favorite part. It gives you an excuse to lick your fingers at the end of the meal because, what’s the point of eating with your hands if you can’t enjoy every last taste.