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Feb 26, 2014 01:12 PM

Broiled Egg Panini

I have a vision of broiled egg panini, made starting with a whole raw egg between bread slices. I'd imagine I could eventually make the timing work so the yolk's not totally solid with lots of experimentation, but I'm wondering if anyone's already managed it and can share guidance?

I understand, fo course, that I could cook or partially cook the egg separately and then add it to toasted bread (and finish from there). It's not what I'm asking about, though.

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  1. Why dont you make a 3-minute egg and put that in the middle before pannini pressing?
    I cant imagine a raw egg heavily pressed between sliced bread without a complete mess.
    Maybe this is possible??

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    1. re: monavano

      The OP specifically stated,

      "I understand, fo course, that I could cook or partially cook the egg separately and then add it to toasted bread (and finish from there). It's not what I'm asking about, though."

      1. re: ttoommyy

        Well good luck to the OP then. Doubtful it works, but perhaps the OP could take one for the team and .... maybe just try making it?

    2. I have a vision of the raw egg oozing out of the sides of the bread as it's being pressed in the panini press/under the weight.

      1. I think you'd have to start by carefully cracking an egg onto a piece of bread and putting it under the broiler until the egg was at least somewhat set, then turning it into a panino by adding the second slice of bread and grilling/pressing. Otherwise you're going to end up with egg white (and yolk) everywhere.

        The only other thing I can think of that would work would be one of those little sandwich/pie makers that are meant for campfire cooking, which essentially seal your ingredients inside of two slices of bread before cooking. Since the edges are closed, you could crack your raw egg in there and seal it between the two pieces of bread, then cook it to your liking (keep the yolk runny or not, etc.).

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        1. re: biondanonima

          Yes, I use my electric jaffle maker (electric version of campfire sandwich maker that you describe) to do exactly that. Place the piece of bread on the bottom, crack an egg into it, sprinkle salt and pepper or any other tasty little extras (chopped bacon, ham, herbs etc), place another slice of bread on top and close and latch the jaffle maker. The edges get crimped together and the egg cooks perfectly. I've never tried timing it to get a slightly oozy yolk, though. Might give it a go. For a different texture or to use less egg, I beat the egg up first and then pour it in.
          Yum, I think I'll go and make one now but with puff pastry instead of bread...

          1. re: Billy33

            I recall doing this as a girl scout back in the dawn of time, with toasted sandwich irons used over a fire. It was a little sandwich-bread sized device with two clamshells, bread and egg and ham/cheese inside and then clamped, held over the fire by a long handle. It crimped the edges of the bread and the egg didn't ooze out that I remember. However, it only pressed the edges, not the middle where the egg was cuddled. A lot of butter was helpful, smeared in the clamshell parts prior to the bread.

            1. re: Teague

              Wow - the visual imagery of this is daughter is about to go into scouts. I hope that she will have these same vivid memories.

        2. Take 3 slices of bread, take one of those and cut out a round hole in the middle, stack that one in the center filled with your egg on top of one other slice, broil til some what set, place last slice over, and hope for the best...while pressing...perhaps some cheese as glue to hold slices together and prevent running....OR perhaps just cook the egg in the hollowed out slice turning once before the triple decker with cheese, bacon, etc....then pressing...

          1. Soft boil the egg just so the whites are getting firm then try to use a panini press? Or two pieces of preheated cast iron.

            I like and approve of the idea above to do an egg in a basket in a sandwich.