open-faced artichoke & arugula sandwiches with sunny-side up egg
It’s that time of year again.
When, the dreaded word “allergy” is spoken every 2.2 seconds. Allergies are mega annoying. Like more annoying than that kid that puts his finger right next to your arm and repeatedly says, “I’m not touching you. I’m not touching you. I’m not touching you.”
Sometimes I wish it was socially acceptable to upper-cut Mortal Kombat style those kids. And yes, I realize by making that statement Mr. B and I will have the most annoying children on the planet someday. Karma is bio-tch.
Besides dealing with allergies this time of year, on the flip side, it’s time to get Grier Groceries back up and running. Last year was a HUGE learning curve. We may or may not have totally goobered the watering system and caused the tomatoes to rot. Oops!
We did learn that generic soil is no bueno. It pays to buy the good stuff. Plus, we really want to compost this year so our veggies will have super powers. So, if you have any tips/tricks on that stuff pa-lease send them our way!
This year we are planning on growing herbs, tomatoes, banana peppers, and jalapenos. Also, I really want to try and grow some kind of lettuce like arugula. OH, and speaking of arugula, did you know it is now in season? And that it goes perfectly as a stunning garnish on these open-faced artichoke sammies? Is there anything better than a runny egg, cheese, and spicy kick from arugula? I think not.
Well, besides Chuck Noriss-ing your allergies.
Season Eating Series:
My talented and fantastic friend, Becky, author of The Vintage Mixer, and her husband Josh, are showing us that eating seasonally can be fun! Each month they will provide a Seasonal Produce Guide, which you can save on your iPhone or desktop so you can get in the seasonal eating spirit.
Not only do they provide a beautiful illustration each month like the one above, you can also join me and a few fabulous food bloggers who are serving up seasonally inspired recipes. Follow us on Instagram and tag your photos with the #eatseasonal hashtag!
Open-Faced Artichoke & Arugula Sandwiches with Sunny-Side Up Egg
for the sandwiches:
4 thick slices brioche
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup baby artichokes in oil, drained
1 cup fontina, shredded
2 shallots, sliced thinly
1 1/2 cups fresh arugula
salt and pepper to taste
for the lemon aioli:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, minced
zest of lemon
squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
for the sandwiches:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place four slices of the brioche on the baking sheet. Spread some of the lemon aioli on each slice. Then, top each slice with 1/4 cup artichokes, shallots, and 1/4 cup fontina. Bake for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil to medium heat in a skillet. Crack four eggs into pan and cook until the tops of the eggs are white. Remove skillet from heat. Place one egg on top of sandwich. Garnish with arugula, s&p. Serve immediately.
for the lemon aioli:
In a small bowl, combine mayo, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and s&p. Stir to combine.
I don’t think you could have squeezed one more of my favorite foods into this ingredient list!!
LOL! And this is why we are friends!! Can’t wait to see you!
I LOVE our kitchen herb garden! It’s great to walk out and snip off what you need.
This is a lovely breakfast or brunch idea! Great idea using the brioche bread!
Thank you, Elizabeth!! xoxo
I love this seasonal post!! Very fun to make stuff that’s in season 🙂 this sandwich has me drooling!!
Eating seasonal is so much fun! Thanks, Julie! 🙂
Okay love the sandwich! Now please share your grade in adventures, I have a black thumb, but Matt and I are starting a mini herb garden with little guy – first time ever. I’m fearful nothing but bead veggies will result. Eek.
I have a feeling that your garden will be bountiful! I’ll keep my garden shears crossed for you! xoxo
These are B-E-A-UTIFUL.
Mwah! Thanks, Cassie!
What a beautiful sandwich! I’m waiting on the wind to die down before I plant my garden. Hopefully I can keep everything alive.
LOL!! Dude, I am keeping my fingers crossed that you have no haboobs this summer!!
Simple and delicious!!
Thank you, Samantha!
Nothing better than cheese, a runny egg and arugula. Seriously, this looks absolutely incredible this morning!
Thank you, Matt! A runny egg is the best way to start the day!
These look just gorgeous – perfect for a weekend breakfast! I actually posted my first ever artichoke recipe today, and I think I’m now hooked! Will definitely be trying this with the leftovers! 🙂
Ooooh…..I can’t wait to check our your artichoke recipes. I am currently in the middle of an artichoke obsession. Thanks, Becca!
I’ve never called a sandwich “pretty”, but this sandwich IS pretty!! I’d inhale a few of those in one sitting.
Why, thank you, my dear! xoxo
I’m jealous you’re growing a veggie garden – there will sadly be none this year for me (wah waaaaaah). LOVE this open-facer! The egg? SLURP! And arugula is one of my favo greens. Perfection as always, my dear!
WHAT?!! I had you pegged for a huge ol’ veggie garden! If you ever need anything, Grier Groceries is always open! xoxo
So this is what the most perfect breakfast sandwich in the world looks like!! I’m way into this!
I hope you post about your veggie garden so I can live vicariously through you 🙂 Living in NYC + gardening unfortunately don’t go hand in hand.
Dude, you could totally pot some herbs and possibly a tomato plant. We do most of ours in big ol’ pots. Definitely will do a post soon. Thanks for the idea, friend!
What a gorgeous sandwich that I could eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Pinned
Thank you, Sommer!! xoxo
My mouth literally fell down to the floor when I saw these sandwiches. They look insane! Too bad I’m on a juice cleanse this very moment and torturing myself by staring at the screen… What’s wrong with me?
LOL!!! Thanks, Nicole. And I’ll save you a sammie when you are done with your cleanse:)
The runny egg always wins my heart
Same here! See you this week, lady!
I could eat this at least 3 times a day, so delicious!
Um, fo’ sure!! Thanks, Meredith!
How beyond lovely it is!!! Let me lick that egg yolk!
Perfection!! Dream meal right here! 🙂
We totally botched our garden last year by not filling it with organic soil and matter. Plants died. I cried. Lesson learned. This year we went to our local dump (weird, I know) for compost. I mixed the compost with peet moss and an organic fertilizer. I planted radishes 5 days ago, and they’re all ready starting to sprout. My husband claims we now have super dirt. This sammie looks great. That oozing egg is calling my name. Good luck with your garden. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. I’m no pro, but I did learn a few things from my mistakes last year.
The sandwich alone looks amazing, but your photography just draws me right to the point of drooling!
Oh man, I have been on such an arugula kick and this looks like the best way to keep it going!
our shared love of runny yolks will always make me smile – this looks great chica!!
Coooommmmeeee tooooo mama! Looks amazing… all of my favorite foodie things! <3
I am quite ready for allergy season to end and arugula season to start! If only the two were mutually exclusive so that allergies would be gone ASAP.
I can never resist a runny yolk. Want to faceplant in this.
What can I say, I’m a big fan of any open faced sandwich but this is just amazing!! Wish I could come over to your house for a bite! Hope you had a great time at blogher. I look forward to hearing all about it!
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