Friday, June 11, 2010

Grilled Egg and Olive Sandwich



A couple years ago, one of my favorite little tiny restaurants closed. It was a sad day indeed. The reason for the closure was due to the building being demolished. This restaurant actually did not have an official name, yet it felt like you were eating at “Mama’s Kitchen”. Almost everyone I know who ate there, affectionately called it Mama’s Kitchen, simply because the food was food your mom would make.

Mama’s Kitchen sat tucked back in a corner on the lower level of the David M Brian’s store in Walnut Creek. It is a store featuring fine gifts, stationary, china and much more. About a month ago, the old store as we knew it was simply a pile of rubble, making way for a brand new Neiman Marcus to be erected. David M Brian’s had moved across the mall to a smaller space, a bit more updated yet Mama’s Kitchen was not part of the new store design.

One of my absolute favorite sandwiches was the Grilled Egg and Olive Sandwich. Traditionally it would be served with a large handful of ruffles potato chips, three bread and butter pickles and a couple carrot sticks. Didn’t I tell you it was like eating in Mama’s kitchen? The inside of the sandwich is cool yet the outside is grilled to a perfect golden brown color. The combination is completely wonderful and satisfying. Although now just a distant memory, except when I recreate it at home.


















Grilled Egg and Olive Sandwich

Makes 2 sandwiches

4 Eggs, hard boiled
2 T. Mayonnaise
1 t. Mustard, Dijon or yellow
Salt and pepper to taste
4 Slices white bread
Butter
1 – 4oz can of chopped black olives
Micro-greens, arugula or lettuce

Under water, peel the hard boiled eggs and then cut into to small dice. Add to a bowl along with the mayonnaise and mustard and combine. Taste and then season with salt and pepper. Set aside in the refrigerator.

Butter the four slices of bread with butter and place onto a large griddle. Let cook until golden brown and then flip over to just let it toast up a bit on the other side for about one minute. Remove from griddle.

To assemble, lay the four slices onto a cutting board with the golden brown toasted side down. Spread about a tablespoon of the chopped olive on two of the slices, and then divide the egg mixture on top of the olive and top with a handful of the micro greens. Place the other slice of bread on top and cut in half and serve.

17 comments:

  1. I wish this was my lunch today.

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  2. This looks amazing! I can understand why it was one of your favourites.

    A few weeks ago I lost my favourite Sandwich place - they had the best coffee ever and lovely sandwiches, both grilled and 'cold', they also sold panini and salads. Unfortunately they had to close down and now they'll be replaced by a Pasta to Go chain. I'll have to wait and see...

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  3. I've never had something quite like this, but can just imagine how good it is. Good thing I am heating up lunch right now. I'm hungry!

    Jason

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  4. Thank you for sharing this delicious sandwich. Great idea for lunch today.

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  5. Simple but I can only imagine how tasty this must be! Bookmarked!

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  6. I really miss those old time cafes, or luncheonettes. Everything has gone the way of chains and fusion....sigh....there was nothing wrong with honest tasty lunches with those little individual touches....carrots sticks and ruffles..
    thanks for sharing a wonderful sandwich and the memories!

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  7. I would have never thought to add olives to dress-up my egg salad sandwich, which happens to be a fave of mine. I'll have to try this. :)

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  8. What an interesting combination:) Looks great!

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  9. I've never seen this combination in a sandwich before but I can see how they would pair well together--the salty olives with the milder eggs and the peppery arugula.

    It's always sad when favorite eateries go away.

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  10. I made this for lunch today as it sounded like such a wonderful combo and I couldn't imagine the taste of the olives together with the egg, so I just made it to taste for myself. LOVELY!! I absolutely loved it. So thanks again!

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  11. This definitely does sound delicious, an interesting combination that surprisingly seems like it would work well altogether! I bet the salty olives pair great with the egg. :)

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  12. What a great variation on egg salad sandwiches. I love all of the ingredients, so I will definitely be giving this a try soon.

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  13. Wait a minute, there's a Neiman Marcus going in at Walnut Creek? Goes to show you it's been a few months since I've been shopping there!

    Anyway, love this sandwich! I'm often indulging in eggs for lunch, I am going to definitely try this during the week :)

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  14. great sandwich, love the flavors...

    sweetlife

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  15. wow something as simple as an egg sandwich can be phenomenal and your photo makes it look even more enticing!

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  16. I love olives, egg salad too, I'm going to have to make this one! I'm gonna miss the old store too! I love downtown W.C.!

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