Egg Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Makes 2 open-faced sandwiches

Sun dried tomato sauce: 
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
Salt 
Freshly ground pepper
Egg Salad: 
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons fresh chives, minced

Bread of choice, toasted

1. In a small bowl, add the sun dried tomatoes and cover them with water. Allow the sun dried tomatoes to soak for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a few paper towels. Add the sun dried tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, olive oil, a pinch of salt and a few cracks of pepper to the bowl of a food processor. Blend the mixture until smooth; the consistency should be slightly looser than a paste and will glisten. Set aside. 

2. Add the eggs to a saucepan and cover them with cold water until it reaches about half way up their sides, about 1-inch. Place the eggs over high heat and once the water reaches a medium boil (between a simmer and a rolling boil), turn the heat off, cover the saucepan with a lid and set your timer to 8 minutes. This will give you an almost-runny, creamy, bright yellow yolk with whites that are set. Once the time is up, remove the eggs and run cold water over them and peel. Slice the eggs in half, quarter them and then cut those quarters in half, too. Add them to a bowl, along with the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, a few cracks of freshly ground pepper and a pinch of salt. Gently toss the mixture together, making sure all of the eggs are coated in the mayonnaise mixture. 

3. To assemble the sandwiches, smear a layer of sun dried tomato sauce onto each slice and top with a few spoonfuls of egg salad. Garnish with a heavy sprinkling of minced chives and a few cracks of black pepper. 

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