Apple Fennel Fall Fried Egg Sandwich
- 6 slices multigrain bread
- 6 teaspoons vegan buttery spread
- 6 slices gouda
- 3 eggs
- 1 fuji apple, cored and sliced thin
- 1 fennel bulb, sliced thin*
- 1 leek, sliced thin
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Healthy Honey Mustard
- Heat a skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Add in your sliced apple, fennel, leek, garlic, salt and pepper. Sauté for 10-15 minutes, stirring often.
- Meanwhile, add a small amount of oil to a skillet over high heat. Cook your eggs to optimal done-ness. (About 2 minutes on each side.)
- Spread about 1 teaspoon of vegan butter onto each slice of bread.
- Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Add a slice of bread, butter side down, and layer with a slice of gouda, your sautéed apple and fennel, your fried egg, and another slice of gouda, followed by another slice of bread (butter side up.)
- Heat the sandwich on each side for 2-4 minutes. Do this for all sandwiches.
- Serve with healthy honey mustard, and EAT UP.
*If you have questions about how to cut fennel, check out this article.
The South is known for it’s comfort food. It’s a whole category of fried, breaded, battered, carb-filled, buttered-up, greasy goodness that we call food. But there is another kind of comfort food, and it’s the food you eat to comfort yourself. Which obviously can be a food from this category called “comfort food” or it can be anything/everything you can fit in your mouth. My go-to foods are grapes or sweets.
I was taught to eat food as emotional comfort from the time I was a child. Food was not just sustenance, but it was also a reward, a prize, a pacifier, a comfort, and a friend. This practice walked hand and hand with me into my adult life. Stressed? Eat something. Sad? Get yourself a treat. Happy? Treat yo self. Angry? Eat some shit. Annoyed? Eat. Anxious? Eat. Alive? EAT.
I’m not saying that food can’t comfort, but rather that it should be used in moderation. Because, believe me, if food could fix people – I’d be free of any and all emotional baggage. Food is a temporary fix to emotional issues. And mostly it’s just a way to numb yourself. Which is no fun at all. Trust me, I lived that way for too long.
Comfort food should make us feel cozy in the winter, not numb to our lives. So as I was creating this Apple Fennel Fall Fried Egg Sandwich full of cheese and carbs and cozy yumminess – I thought a lot about that. I wanted a comfort food that felt special and delicious and cozy, but didn’t promote emotional numbness. And this may sound nuts, but somehow the lightness of the apple and the unique flavor of the fennel kept it from being that. It’s as if the bold flavors brought me back to each bite. Back to each moment. Back to myself.
And I guess if I were a perfect human I’d be able to eat this mindfully every time food went into my mouth. But alas! I am a mere mortal who forgets that food should fuel my body not hold my hand while I cry. I can only hope that this year I allow myself to be sad when it’s grey, and eat when I’m hungry. It sounds so simple, but GEEZE I struggle at times. So here’s to warm food and full hearts. (And also good cries, and therapy, and hugs, and friends, and cuddles.)