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~ The Fried-Egg Sandwich from the Front Street Deli ~

IMG_2842Did you order a fried egg sandwich from the Front Street Deli?  That line from the movie The Firm, gets me salivating every time I hear it.  The Front Street Deli is the oldest deli in Memphis, Tennessee, the city in which the movie was filmed, and, the deli, which is located in a historic building built in 1853, was a featured location in the film.  This bustling eatery serves lunch and dinner plus touts a gorgeous view of the mighty Mississippi River too.  The deli has been in operation since 1976 and proudly continues "the breakfast sandwich tradition" set by the original owner: five sandwich choices, plus, a build-your-own option.  As for the rest of the menu, the deli is themed "all things Tom Cruise", with menu items being named after his many movies.

IMG_2840A bit about The Firm:  Based on the novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from a poor Southern family who struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch entertains offers from firms in New York and Chicago, but, when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20% higher salary than his best offer (in addition to perks and benefits), he decides to sign on and stay in the South. Mitch's wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), warns him the deal sounds too good to be true, but it's not until after several weeks of working with Avery Tolar (Gene Hackman) that Mitch discovers the vast majority of BL&L's business is tied to organized crime, with crime boss Joey Morolto (Paul Sorvino) using the firm to launder Mafia money. FBI agents Wayne Tarrance (Ed Harris) and F. Denton Voyles (Steven Hill) try to blackmail Mitch into helping them make a case against the firm, while BL&L's "security director" William Devasher (Wilford Brimley) is blackmailing him to do as he's told after Mitch foolishly allows himself to be seduced by a prostitute secretly hired by the firm.

Front_street_deli_patio-thumb1000x1000The build-your-own Front-Street-Deli breakfast sandwich:

BREAD:  grilled croissant, steamed biscuit, or, toasted white, wheat or rye

MEAT:  fried bacon strips, sausage patty, country ham slice, shaved turkey or pastrami

CHEESE:  one slice of American, cheddar, pepper Jack, provolone or Swiss (Note:  This is NOT a grilled-cheese sandwich, so, go easy on the cheese.)

EGGS:  two, fried-to-your liking or scrambled

ADDS:  mayonnaise, baby greens, sliced tomato and/or avocado

IMG_2817 2~ Step 1.  For my sandwich, I'm using (in order of assembly):

4 teaspoons butter

2 large eggs

2 slices brioche bread,

2-3 teaspoons mayonnaise

1 slice American cheese

3 strips oven-fried bacon

a few baby greens

4 small Campari tomato slices

IMG_2819 2 IMG_2819 2 IMG_2819 2 IMG_2819 2 IMG_2819 2~Step 2.  For each sandwich, in a 10" nonstick skillet, melt 2 teaspoons butter, then fry or scramble two eggs, to your liking (mine are soft-yolked sunny-side-up).  Transfer eggs from skillet to plate, tent with a piece of foil and briefly set aside.  Add remaining 2 teaspoons butter to the pan (and give it a few seconds to melt), followed by 2 slices bread, one of which has been slathered with mayo on the top side.  Place the cheese on the mayonnaise-topped bread slice, followed by the bacon, greens and tomato.  Top with the fried or scrambled eggs.  By the time the assembly is finished, the bread will be grilled.  Transfer to a plate and enjoy.

This IS the ULTIMATE egg-sandwich combination:

IMG_2847The Fried-Egg Sandwich from the Front Street Deli:  Recipe yields instructions to make one build-your-own fried-egg breakfast sandwich.

Special Equipment List: 10" nonstick skillet; aluminum foil; spatula

6a0120a8551282970b0240a4acbc41200cCook's Note: Sausage and eggs. It might sound run-of-the-mill, but, when the sausage is homemade, and the eggs are fried in the luscious sausage drippings, it's remarkable.  And newsflash: While making breakfast sausage is not quite as easy as picking up a package of sausage at the store, it's pretty darn close to being that easy, AND, trust me, after one taste, you'll never look at store-bought the same way again.  Period.  Try   ~ Mel's Herbaceous All-Purpose Breakfast Sausage ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2020)


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