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Now breakfast series menu#2. Deconstructed sandwich.

I have grown fond of baguette recently. I could buy that long loaf of pure carb and eat it all by myself on my way home from the train station. It has become my guilty pleasure, right up there, next to noodles.

But of course… I still have my self control. I did buy it but only ate half of it. So what happened to the other half ? Well, that’s the problem. We all love fresh bread. It has crispy skin, soft texture, it is warm and smells heavenly. But when you couldn’t finish the whole loaf, and you keep the left over for a day, now you’ve got your self a pestle.

So rather than throwing it out or surrender to it’s stony texture, I decided to make use of the stale baguette into this deconstructed sandwich breakfast. I cut them into small pieces, cooked them with ham, egg, jalapeno and sherry.

The result? Well, it was a pretty damn good breakfast. I think this could also be a dinner or lunch menu :D.

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Things you need:

  • 1/2 loaf of stale baguette (or any a day old bread that you like ) – cut into cubes
  • Ham ( I used steak ham) – cut into cubes, as many as you like
  • 2 pieces of bacon – cut into small pieces
  • 2 stalk of fresh thyme
  • Egg
  • 1 jalapeno – chopped into small bits
  • 1 tbsp of sour cream
  • 20 gr Sliced Almond – toasted
  • 1/4 cup – 1/3 cup of sherry vinegar
  • 3- 4 tbsp runny honey
  • Butter

Things you need to do:

Poach the egg in a simmering water. Set aside. Saute the jalapeno with a bit of butter until it is cooked. Once it is cooled, mix it with the sour cream. Set aside.

Melt a little bit of butter and thyme in a sauce pan, toss in the baguette into the pan, toast them until crispy and fragrant. Set aside.

Now cook the chopped bacon in a cooking pan, once you get the lard from the bacon, add in the ham, cook them together until the ham is a bit brown. Set aside.

Using the same pan (where you cook your bacon), melt 1 tbsp of butter. Once the butter is melted, add in the sherry vinegar and honey. You can adjust the taste here, if you find the sherry is too strong, add in some more honey. Let the sauce reduce until it is a bit thicken, mix it well with all the lard and butter. Once it is slightly thicken, add in the ham, bacon and the toast. Mix them well, make sure they all coated with the sauce.  Sprinkle the sliced almond all over it. Serve it with the poached egg and jalapeno mixture.

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