the saturday sandwich – one worth crossing the street for

happy weekend y’all
happy very near to the start of may.

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i’m big on sandwiches
super keen on
the flake of a croissant
and the texture of bread.
smitten about proper cheese
and well-grilled meat.

truth be told

i could just about fill
the pages of a book
with the the merits
of the little bready gems.
garden tomatoes
and crisp greens.
and stacks of things
layered just so.

and thus, via special request

my first ever attempt at
a steak and egg.
for me,
it’s one last kick at that wintery can.
it’s a farewell to cold
and a bright hello to spring.
and for all intents and purposes
it’s super easy.

 

 

 

it has a fried egg,
sunny side up

the yellow of yolk oozing still.
it has tarragon and lemon

and good lot of crème fraîche.

it has avocado
and butter and pan-fried bread.

it’s got bali pepper (!!) and sel gris,and perfect pieces of strip loin.it’s the kinda sandwichyou’d cross the street for,

i can all but promise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

talk soon

xox, n

plus,

a tentative plan for the coming week:

a story about juice
a whole lot of cake

and a wee shop update too!

hooray to all of it.

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world kitchen in new york
a recent gift. kinda lucky.

pink shorts

new shoes
a pretty ring
a teacup and saucer
a rigger belt
and a tea pot

 

 

photos: michael graydon

prop and food styling: me

props from: martine blackhurst

 

 

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the first four:

 

a chicken salad sandwich
a spot prawn croissant
yorkshires and beef and little beet greens
a spicy crab brioche

 

 

 

a steak sandwich worth crossing the street for

 

the process

make the tarragon and lemon crème fraîche, refrigerate
wash and dry the greens, set aside
slice and butter the bread, set aside
season and grill or pan fry the steak
allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes
pan fry both sides of 4 slices of bread that has been buttered on both side
fry two eggs, season with sel gris and bali pepper
slice the steak
mash the avocado with the back of a spoon
get ready to assemble

 

 

ingredients

 

1/4 loaf of country white bread, sliced

unsalted butter, room temperature

1 strip loin steak, seared or grilled

2 eggs, seasoned and fried sunny side up

1/2 a ripe avocado, roughly mashed

a couple handfuls of fresh arugula

a few dollops of tarragon and lemon crème fraîche

a small bit of cloth bound cheddar, shaved*

long bali peppercorns, cracked

fleur de sel

 

 

tarragon and lemon crème fraîche

 

1/4 cup crème fraîche

the juice of half a lemon, strained

2 1/2 teaspoons kozliks triple crunch mustard

1/4 of a small shallot, finely diced

a large handful of fresh tarragon leaves, lightly chopped

a couple pinches bali long peppercorns, freshly cracked

a couple pinches sel gris

 

 

 

wash and dry the tarragon, remove the leaves, discard the stems, chop and set aside

with a mortar and pestle grind a couple long bali peppercorns, set aside
juice and strain half a lemon and chop the shallots
in a small bowl mix the crème fraîche and lemon juice

add the mustard and shallots and mix in the tarragon

season to taste, cover and refrigerate

 

 

 

to assemble

 

spread the avocado on the bottom slice of each sandwich

arrange the arugula atop the avocado

divide the steak between the two sandwiches

add a couple dollops of the tarragon and lemon crème fraiche

season with fleur de sel and bali pepper

gingerly place the sunny side up egg atop there

shave a liberal portion of cloth bound cheddar on each

place the remaining pieces of bread
squish down a little and that’s it, you’re all done.
yum!

*i like cloth bound cheddar in this sandwich but any white cheddar will do just fine

 

 

 

 

 

posted on April 23, 2011 by Nikole

26 Comments

  1. tara says:

    last night i put up a pot of crème fraîche. i take that as a sign.

    the kick at the can is a good one, N.

  2. nikole says:

    thanks, T. i take that as a sign as well.

    xo

  3. Char says:

    yum!!! i love a good steak sandwich

  4. Sewon says:

    Oh my, this looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm looking forward to your other saturday sandwich recipes!

  5. Cassandra Marie says:

    I looovvvveee a good sandwich! Yum!

  6. gbf says:

    wow fabulous! the pics are so wonderful. hope you had a great easter. dayle

  7. nikole says:

    thanks!

  8. christelle is flabbergasting says:

    It's time to make a sandwich!

  9. t does wool says:

    drooling here

  10. Sasha says:

    and this is a sandwich i would cross the street for (and i am very picky about sandwiches)! thanks for sharing.

  11. La Roquette says:

    Just came across your blog, simple yet so beautiful, gorgeous photography too :)

  12. Eva / Sycamore Street Press says:

    This looks ans sounds absolutely divine. Mmmm… thanks for the recipe. Beautiful styling and photography, as well.

  13. m says:

    These pictures make me smile….. love

  14. red ticking says:

    oh you and i are going to be really good friends… xx

  15. nyx says:

    i shall go make a sandwich, now. beautiful photographs, as usual.

  16. seesaw says:

    i too love a delicious steak sandwich!

  17. Fee says:

    Wow – aside from crossing the street, I might even cross the globe for this steak sandwich. mmmmm! Thanks for keeping me culinarilary inspired.

  18. C. Tvillingmamma says:

    Amazing!

  19. aene gespinst says:

    I am a vegetarian. Should I change my mind?

  20. Claire M. says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    Claire M.

  21. Agata Melnyk says:

    awesome, this blog is awesome!

  22. clarity enhanced diamonds says:

    I love steak sandwiches…just wonderful!

  23. Claire M. says:

    I love it steak sandwich for the win :)

    Claire M.

  24. Kate says:

    Nikole, I love love love love your blog. It's fabulous. A happy place to escape to.

    Thank you for your passion for food!

  25. kompromisslostoll says:

    Oh wow Nikole!!! Found you via decor8/twitter and am sooo happy about that! Love your photos, love your style of blogging… You're on top of my blogs-to-read list :)

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