Sinatra Egg Sandwich
I love this photo of Frank Sinatra in his home in Palm Springs, California. He is eating a simple scrambled egg sandwich on American white bread in his kitchen which cost more than some people’s homes even today in North Jersey. I think the kitchen was about $100k to build and was used for when he entertained. By today’s standards I am sure that kitchen would easily cost about $300k to build. But its just funny to me that he has a professional state of the art kitchen and is eating an egg sandwich on white bread. This one does not even look fried.
While Sinatra grew up eating plenty of great Italian and Sicilian food growing up in North Jersey, often times whether on the road and at home he could not always get that comfort food his mother made. His valet, George Jacobs used to make him a scrambled egg sandwich any time of day and even as a snack. There is a great line in the book about his marriage to Mia Farrow and it reads “they retreated to their separate roos, Mia with her crunchy granola, Frank with his olive oil fried sandwiches.” He said it was because Mia always got up early, and Frank always slept late. So I guess this makes it a brunch treat too. Its a great book, its an easy read and will give you some great insight to Frank, his lifestyle and some of the foods he loved.
There are several accounts of this sandwich online and they vary just like Elvis’ grilled peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich. However, regarding this recipe, some say butter, others say only olive oil and in the book Mr. S it states the olive oil had to be from Italy, never Spain or anywhere else. So, like most things, take this with a pinch of salt, no pun intended.
- 2 slices White Bread
- 2 large Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- Salt & Black Pepper
- 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
Its fun to know that the biggest celebrities of all time often had simple tastes which always satisfied.
The method and recipe is very simple, just heat 2 tablespoons of Italian Olive Oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium low heat. Add bread and cook until slightly brown on both sides. Set the bread aside and in a bowl add eggs, pinch of sale, pepper and milk. Beat until mixed well.
Add the rest of the olive oil and butter to pan and turn heat to medium. When the pan is heated and the butter starts to sizzle, add the eggs to pan and let cook while stirring for about 15 seconds. Turn heat to low and let the eggs cook without stirring for 45 seconds. Flip the eggs over and let cook for 60 seconds on low heat. Turn heat off.
Place the cooked eggs on one piece of bread. Sprinkle a little salt & pepper over eggs. Top with second slice of bread and serve.
What you see to the left is my healthier version of the sandwich. I used Italian sandwich bread and I only use one egg, I don’t use butter either, I think the olive oil is just fine. Like I said, its a very simple thing, you fix it the way you want, but rather than just call this an egg sandwich, it sounds so much better when you know it is something Sinatra loved too.