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Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich

A hearty sandwich where pan-roasted bell peppers and onions coated with scrambled eggs and topped with cheese is stuffed into a butter-toasted bun. You can spruce it up further but this is already a hearty one! An Italian American staple that an Indian chai lover adopted for her family. :-) 
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
This recipe is totally inspired and adapted from Laura's famous Peppers and Egg Sandwich. She is my absolute favourite Youtuber and the only account that I watch as soon as she publishes. Even if the dish she is sharing is something I will never attempt, it is her brilliance in making it all look so simple and easy. For this particular recipe, the push factor was when she mentioned that she used to make this pepper egg sandwich for customers at her dad's restaurant. I had to try it, even though I feared F would pick out all bell peppers like usual which surprisingly he did only for the first sandwich! He absolutely loved it so much that this got added to our weekly menu!

Is bell pepper different from capsicum? No, apparently not. Growing up in India, I knew it only as capsicum. There is actually no difference between the two because a bell pepper is just a kind of capsicum. Quick research told me that it is called capsicum in India, New Zealand, and Australia and the British call it red pepper or green pepper or chilli pepper. And yes, you guessed it.. the USA and Canada, call them bell pepper. But honestly, as a kid, I always detested the word capsicum because it was hard to remember, pronounce and even spell. 🤐 So bell pepper it is! 
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich

Ingredients for bell peppers and egg sandwich

  1. Bell pepper: you can use red, yellow, orange or good old green or a mix of whatever you have! 
  2. Red onion: you may replace with some shallots
  3. Cheese slice: I have tried with cheddar, mozzarella, Havarti, etc so use whatever cheese slice you have in hand!
  4. Milk: use full-fat or half milk and half cream 
  5. Parmesan cheese: I have used the pre-grated ones from Kraft but it is always better to buy the block and grate as the taste is much better! If you don't have you can skip this and use any kind of cream instead. 
  6. Buns/rolls: I have tried using plain sliced bread but that did not appeal to us the way the buns did! I have used long rolls, hot dog buns, and even bakery bought freshly baked Samoon bread. Whatever kind you use, it is imperative that you butter toast it in the oven. 
  7. Butter: use melted butter or somedays I feel lazy to melt so used ghee instead! 
  8. Hot sauce and mustard sauce: Optional. I recently started adding this to the sandwich but very little so it doesn't overpower the simple but delicious sandwich!
  9. Olive oil
  10. Eggs
  11. Salt & Pepper 
Now, I know you are wondering is that all? and Where are the green chillies, turmeric and coriander leaves? Please do me a favour and go and make yourself some egg burji sandwich. 😂This is not that and while there are plenty of pepper and egg sandwiches, I urge you to try this in this same simple form before you make it Indian. Thank you!

How to make bell peppers and egg sandwich?

I have made this sandwich several times by now but I wanted to find out if I can skip the oven task and use the stove-top to toast the buns/rolls. But I went back to using the oven because... let me tell you - it makes a BIG difference in the "experience" of eating. The taste may not differ but the way the buns/rolls become light and crisp after being under the grill/broiler cannot be mimicked on stove-top. And that is what makes this bell peppers and egg sandwich superior

If you do not have an oven, and you still want to make this... then I would suggest that you toast the rolls/buns on low flame for a longer time with just a dab of butter. 

Let's make bell peppers egg sandwich! 

Preheat your oven grill to a medium or switch on the broiler. Line a baking tray with foil and place the bread rolls. Split your rolls lengthwise but not all the way through. Brush the inside of the rolls with melted butter or ghee.
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the chopped bell peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes or until the peppers develop some colour and soften. 
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Take a medium bowl and whisk together the eggs, milk, grated parmesan, salt and pepper and set aside.
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Pour the egg mixture over the bell peppers and use a spatula to move the mixture lightly to prevent it from getting firm. We need it silky smooth and lightly scrambled and NOT like a thick omelette.
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Your oven must be ready by now. Place the baking tray top-level rack or under the broiler cut side up for about 1 or 2 mins max or until the rolls turn golden brown. Keep a watch as it can get burnt easily in seconds. Remove it immediately. 
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Top the eggs and bell pepper with the cheese slices and cover the skillet so the cheese melts.
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich
Divide the mixture and stuff it in your warm buttery toasted rolls. Squeeze some hot sauce or mustard sauce which are only optional and serve immediately.
Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich

Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich Recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the stuffing:
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium bell pepper, diced into one-inch pieces
1 medium red onion, diced finely 
salt to taste
pepper to taste
2 to 3 cheese slice

For the egg mixture:
1/4 cup milk
4 large eggs
3 to 4 tablespoons grated parmesan 
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste 

For the sandwich:
4  hot dog rolls or similar bread rolls 
melted butter or ghee to lightly brush inside of the rolls

Others:
Hot sauce
Mustard sauce

METHOD

    1. Preheat your oven grill to a medium. Line a baking tray with foil and place the bread rolls. Split your rolls lengthwise but not all the way through. Brush the inside of the rolls with melted butter or ghee. 
    2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the chopped bell peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes or until the peppers develop some colour and soften. Meanwhile...
    3. Take a medium bowl and whisk together the eggs, milk, grated parmesan, salt and pepper and set aside.
    4. Pour the egg mixture over the bell peppers and use a spatula to move the mixture lightly to prevent it from getting firm. We need it silky smooth and lightly scrambled and NOT like a thick omelette. Meanwhile...
    5. Your oven must be ready by now. Place the baking tray top-level rack or under the broiler cut side up for about 2 mins max or until the rolls turn golden brown. Keep a watch and remove immediately.
    6. Top the eggs and bell pepper with the cheese slices and cover the skillet so the cheese melts.
    7. Divide the mixture and stuff it in your warm buttery toasted rolls.
    8. Squeeze some hot sauce or mustard sauce and serve immediately.
    Please read the content above the recipe for substitutions and tips. 
    Bell Peppers and Egg Sandwich

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