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Are there sandwiches that don't benefit from a sunny-side up (or over-easy) fried egg?

ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 02:27 PM

This is really a question for those that like fried eggs, and in particular fried eggs with runny yolks.

I think just about any sandwich out there can benefit from a sunny-side up egg -- be it a grilled veggie sandwich, a meat based one (like pastrami or roast beef and BBQ pulled pork), even seafood ones like a fish or an oyster Po'boy, or ethnic varieties like a Banh Mi.

There's just something special that words cannot do justice when that runny, custardy yolk bathes itself over the other sandwich fixins.

Maybe PB&J might be the exception, but I'd still give it a shot.

Your thoughts?

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  1. meatn3 RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 02:29 PM

    You beat me to it - PB&J...

    I'll add cream cheese and jelly and olive and cream cheese sandwiches!

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      laliz RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 02:29 PM

      I thought of PBJ, but you said you'd give that a shot.

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        ipsedixit RE: laliz Mar 6, 2013 02:40 PM

        I will, and I will report back.

      2. pinehurst RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 02:41 PM

        I LOVE fried eggs, but don't think I'd care for one on my seafood salad sandwich (w/mayo)....I'd like that to stay cool and have the only "warm" contrast the buttered, toasted roll.

        1. foodieX2 RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 02:46 PM

          Agree that its great on any meat based sandwich… yum!


          PB & Banana

          Lobster salad roll

          Strange maybe but I can't see a fried egg on my egg salad on toast

          Meatn3- not a fan of the CC sandwich but with an egg? double yuck.

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            meatn3 RE: foodieX2 Mar 6, 2013 03:13 PM

            I agree on the double yuck! I was adding to the list which don't benefit from an egg...perhaps we should make it a triple yuck.

          2. 512window RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 02:52 PM

            All of them.

            I can think of nothing more disgusting than a sunnyside up egg dripping down the rest of my food.

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              Violatp RE: 512window Mar 6, 2013 06:53 PM

              Oh, I am with you! And I love fried eggs; love a creamy, liquid yolk for dipping - but in a sandwich? No. Even a breakfast sandwich is out for drippy yolks.

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                Sooeygun RE: Violatp Mar 7, 2013 06:50 AM

                Same here. Love a dippy egg, but never on a sandwich. Breakfast sandwiches at my house are made with an over hard egg.

            2. Veggo RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 02:54 PM

              There won't be a fried egg option on the pimento cheese sandwiches at The Masters in Augusta any time soon.

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                ipsedixit RE: Veggo Mar 6, 2013 02:57 PM

                Well, that's different, right?

                There's not having the option, and then there's "it's not good even with the option", no?

              2. tcamp RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 03:01 PM

                I love drippy fried eggs but any sandwich I plan to eat at my desk at work will not include that ingredient. I do take breakfast sandwiches to work but I pierce the yolk when frying.

                I am intrigued by the idea of pimento cheese with a fried egg.

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                1. re: tcamp
                  MGZ RE: tcamp Mar 7, 2013 06:00 AM

                  "I am intrigued by the idea of pimento cheese with a fried egg."

                  It's very good. I have done that a coupla times.

                2. Will Owen RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 05:43 PM

                  I never met a runny-yolk fried egg sandwich until I was in my twenties; every fried-egg sandwich I'd seen (and that was very many indeed) had its yolk broken and cooked to some degree of solidity. And then when I was visiting a couple I knew they offered me an egg sandwich, and were as surprised as I was because they'd never seen a non-runny fried egg sandwich …

                  No, I don't care for drippy sandwiches in general, and if they are I don't want it to be egg yolk. The deliciousness part I do get, though, so if I can have it served on something like a pasta plate, and go after it with knife and fork, I'd be happy to try. One of those burgers, a meat loaf sandwich, a chip butty (sandwich of French fries, yum!) or a Sloppy Joe. Since I eat Sloppy Joes with utensils anyway it's a great candidate, and egg would be a great improvement. I'm thinking that the best results would be gotten with a loose-textured filling, a hand-patted burger patty being about as tight as one would want.

                  1. pikawicca RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 05:48 PM

                    Egg salad, grilled cheese, tuna salad? Yuck!

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                      meatn3 RE: pikawicca Mar 6, 2013 06:12 PM

                      Actually it's really good with grilled cheese!

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                      LeoLioness RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 05:50 PM

                      Tuna salad? Hummus and raw vegetables? Chicken salad?

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                        Dirtywextraolives RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 06:19 PM

                        Tuna salad
                        Seafood salad

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                          WiscoKid RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 6, 2013 06:43 PM

                          I bet liverwurst would be pretty gross with a fried egg on top. Well, at least the texture would be, hehe =)

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                            Dirtywextraolives RE: WiscoKid Mar 6, 2013 06:55 PM

                            You read my mind, as I was about to type that, then held back. I love liverwurst. I love eggs. Maybe, just maybe I would try that. If I was pregnant.

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                              Will Owen RE: Dirtywextraolives Mar 7, 2013 01:18 PM

                              My favorite sandwich is liverwurst with sliced HB egg and a slice of Swiss. Mom fed me one when I was about nine and it's been the tops ever since. Runny egg? Mmmmm don't think so.

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                                Dirtywextraolives RE: Will Owen Mar 7, 2013 01:54 PM

                                Now THAT sounds great!

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                              cavandre RE: WiscoKid Mar 7, 2013 04:51 AM

                              I was also thinking liverwurst and chopped chicken liver.

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                                MGZ RE: WiscoKid Mar 7, 2013 06:02 AM

                                I'm lovin' the idea of a liverwurst sandwich with a fried egg on top. Then again, I'm pretty much with ipse on this one. Most sandwiches could benefit from a gooey fried egg on top.

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                                  LeoLioness RE: WiscoKid Mar 7, 2013 07:48 AM

                                  I think that sounds delicious, actually.

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                                    Booklegger451 RE: WiscoKid Mar 7, 2013 12:58 PM

                                    Hmmm... I'd say you probably need a medium or hard boiled egg to go on your liverwurst sandwich. It would be pretty texturally weird with a fried egg (but would probably taste pretty good).

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                                  HillJ RE: ipsedixit Mar 7, 2013 04:54 AM

                                  Personally a fried egg on tuna or chicken salad wouldn't work for me but beyond that I can't think of one that wouldn't work with a fried egg.

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                                    John Francis RE: ipsedixit Mar 7, 2013 04:58 AM

                                    For me, no sandwich benefits from an over-easy egg, not even egg salad. Not one of them. But I guess that's not me.

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                                      cresyd RE: ipsedixit Mar 7, 2013 06:06 AM

                                      For me a smoked salmon sandwich with cream cheese on a sandwich can be embelished and improved with many other ingredients....but personally I don't think I'd want it with a fried egg.

                                      1. MGZ RE: ipsedixit Mar 7, 2013 07:59 AM

                                        This thread has led me to the realization that this weekend, I need to find time to make myself a fried mortadella sandwich, on a hard roll, with an egg on top. Maybe some thinly shaved onions and/or melted cheese?

                                        1. Paprikaboy RE: ipsedixit Mar 7, 2013 12:38 PM

                                          When i saw your post I thought well that's gotta be right what can't be improved by a runny yolk?

                                          Decided to test the theory by adding a fried egg to my cheese and mango chutney bagel. Unfortunately I have to report it does nothing for the sandwich. Obviously not a big enough sample so i'll keep on experimenting.

                                          1. Uncle Bob RE: ipsedixit Mar 7, 2013 01:50 PM

                                            I had a pineapple sandwich... wheat bread, Duke's mayonnaise, pineapple slices for lunch today. As I had just returned from the hen house, I thought of this thread. ~ Hmmmm a nice fresh yard egg, fried on my pineapple sandwich....Ahmmmmm No thank you. ;)

                                            1. sunshine842 RE: ipsedixit Mar 7, 2013 01:56 PM

                                              I love runny yolks, and will happily mop them up with buttered bread all day long.

                                              I love scrambled-egg sandwiches.

                                              I love an egg broken in the middle of a pizza, or a poached egg broken over a salad that's been lightly dressed with vinaigrette (the yolk mixes with the vinaigrette to make the best. dressing. evar.)

                                              I don't dislike runny yolks on a sandwich, (and really like the flavors/textures) but they always seem to be more mess than they're worth.

                                              1. Bacardi1 RE: ipsedixit Mar 8, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                Sorry, but YES - there are far more sandwiches that I have the time to list here that definitely do NOT benefit from a runny fried egg on top.

                                                This takes personal preference to a new level.

                                                1. tim irvine RE: ipsedixit Mar 8, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                  I too would try it on it PB and J. I think it is that good. There is a food truck here that makes a bulgogi burger with a fried egg on it. It makes me lie awake more excited than a kid in a Christmas movie.

                                                  The whole idea of putting fried eggs on stuff entered my food lexion by way of stacked blue corn enchiladas with Hatch chilies.

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