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Spicy Fried Egg Sandwich

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword sandwich
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Cherry on My Sundae


Spicy roasted vegetable sauce

  • 6 cloves garlic unpeeled
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 roma tomatoes quartered
  • 1 small eggplant
  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • 2 Calabrian chilies plus 2 tablespoon chile oil
  • 4 green olives pitted
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup basil fresh
  • salt and pepper

Remaining ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion thinly sliced
  • 4 fried eggs
  • 4 slices black pepper white cheddar
  • 2 cups arugula fresh
  • 4 ciabatta buns


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Toss the tomatoes in 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and score the flesh in a crisscross pattern with a sharp knife. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil on the eggplant and season with salt and pepper. Lay the tomatoes, eggplant, whole garlic cloves, and bell pepper on a sheet pan. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are charred and softened.
  • Transfer the bell pepper to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the cover and peel the skin off the bell pepper. Discard the stem and seeds.
  • Peel off the garlic skin and scoop out the eggplant flesh. Place the eggplant flesh, garlic, tomatoes, and bell pepper in a blender. Add the remaining 2 tablespoon olive oil, 2 Calabrian chilies plus 2 tablespoon chile oil, olives, red wine vinegar, and basil and blend until smooth. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  • Peel and thinly slice one medium onion. Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a large saute pan over high heat and add the onions. Season them with salt and continue to cook until the onions are softened and translucent about 7-8 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook until the onions are a deep brown and caramelized, stirring occasionally. If the pan becomes too dry add 1-2 tablespoon water. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Slice 4 ciabatta buns in half. Spread the spicy roasted vegetable sauce on the bottom bun and place a slice of cheddar on top. Place the buns on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and top the cheese with a fried egg, caramelized onions, and fresh arugula. Add extra sauce if desired and top with the remaining bun. Serve immediately.