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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Fried Eggs

Makes 2 sandwiches

Time: 40 minutes. Esi Impraim's inspiration: chef Thomas Keller's cheesy fried-egg BLT, featured in the 2004 movie Spanglish. Impraim's version is quite different from the original--and just as delicious.

 6 to 8 dried tomato halves
 2 large eggs
  About 2 1/2 tbsp. softened butter, divided
  About 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  Freshly ground black pepper
 1 teaspoon minced flat-leaf parsley leaves
 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
 4 slices whole-wheat bread
 1/2 cup coarsely shredded smoked gouda cheese
 6 slices crisp-cooked bacon
 1/2 cup loosely packed baby spinach leaves
Step 1

Soak tomatoes in warm water until they're very soft, 20 to 30 minutes, then dry with paper towels.

Step 2

In a large nonstick frying pan, fry eggs in 1/2 tbsp. butter over medium heat until whites are just set. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine remaining 2 tbsp. butter, 1/4 tsp. salt, pepper to taste, the parsley, thyme, and lemon juice.

Step 4

Transfer eggs to a plate. Spread herb butter on 1 side of each bread slice, dividing evenly. Turn 2 slices over and top with gouda, bacon, tomatoes, and spinach, dividing evenly. Top each sandwich with a fried egg and remaining bread slices, buttered sides up. Cook sandwiches until golden brown, turning once, about 8 minutes total.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 609Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g64%

Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 316mg106%
Sodium 1423mg60%
Total Carbohydrate 34g12%

Dietary Fiber 6.9g28%
Protein 29g58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.