Broken Yolk Sandwiches


There’s a local restaurant here in Indy named Café Patachou.  It’s one of my favorites.  They pride themselves on fresh, local ingredients-with tons of vegetarian options.  In the past, I always tended to try something new every time I went (never finding anything that I didn’t fall in love with).  I happened to get brunch there a few months ago with my girlfriends, and I tried their signature Broken Yolk Sandwich-on sourdough-with smoked salmon.  Basically, this is a sandwich consisting of two pieces of buttered sourdough bread with two over easy eggs (and they always ask, “These eggs are runny, are you ok with that?”) on top of a healthy portion of smoked salmon.  Simple and absolutely tasty.

Annie and I met there for brunch the other day, and we both ordered the Broken Yolk.  And we both agreed that the sandwich is one of the best things on the menu.  The nice thing is that as part of the Tastemaker program through Foodbuzz,  I was able to receive a free sample of Eggland’s Best Eggs recently.  And, while I had plenty of other recipe ideas that feature eggs (and we all know I am a huge proponent of fresh, protein-packed eggs), I thought that putting a spin on this local favorite breakfast sandwich would be a great way to use my eggs.  I promptly went to the store and picked up some of Eggland’s Best Organic eggs (which I actually buy regularly..except for the summer when a local farm down the road sells eggs by the dozen), and set to work coming up with an original recipe.  Since I eat fish (mostly salmon) so rarely, eggs have become a staple in my fridge-I eat eggs at least 4 times a week.  They are great for getting my protein, vitamin B12, and tons of other healthy vitamins that I need.

I decided to put a little spin on the sandwich by creating a sweet brown sugar maple glaze for the salmon.  Simple and sweet.  I bought some fresh ciabatta rolls from the bakery, and I actually used a panini press to toast the rolls.  Holy schmoly, friends.  I don’t know what it is about that smoky flavor mixed with a little bit of sweetness, but it was really good.  I will be making this again soon.

And if you are looking for some other egg recipes, try these:

Deconstructed Egg and Cheese Sandwiches

Caprese Eggs Benedict

Primavera Risotto Nests with Fried Eggs

Coddled Eggs

Baked Eggs with Brie and Herbs

The Best Deviled Eggs

Broken Yolk Sandwiches

Servings: 2


2 ciabatta rolls, halved, buttered and toasted***If you don’t have a panini press, try toasting them in a nonstick pan.

4 ounces smoked salmon, lightly flaked with a fork

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Butter, for frying the eggs (I use about 1 tablespoon.)

2 Eggland’s Best Eggs

Salt and pepper, to taste



1. In a frying pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.

2.  Add the maple syrup and brown sugar, stirring to dissolve.

3. Add the smoked salmon to the pan, and lightly toss to coat with the glaze.

4.  Continue cooking until the glaze reduces and is thickened, about 5-6 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.

5. Meanwhile, in a separate frying pan, melt butter.

6. Gently crack the eggs into the pan and cook over medium heat until the whites are opaque, a minute or two.

7. Flip the eggs over to cook through (but the yolks should still be runny), about 30 seconds.

8.  Place the smoked salmon mixture on ciabatta roll, top with one egg, and top with the other half of the ciabatta roll.



Source:  A Curvy Carrot original, inspired by Café Patachou.

Disclaimer:  As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received Eggland’s Best Eggs to create this post.

May 29, 2011 - 10:51 am

Meighan @ Cooking With Abandon - This looks awesome. And I am hungry.

May 29, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Claire - This looks delicious! I am studying for the bar exam, so my study breaks end up being cooking/baking sessions to de-stress. I will add homemade ciabatta to the next break since I have some amazing Alaska smoked salmon in my freezer. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Your blog is inspiring me to go more vegetarian!

May 29, 2011 - 1:59 pm

srlacy - Good luck Claire-I was just in the same boat with my boards-I know how you feel!:)

May 30, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Crapieat - Anything with broken yolk is ok with me. This sounds intriguing with the salmon, I’ve never seen anything like this before. If it tastes even half as delicious as it looks it must have been incredible.

Ps. Claire, I took the bar last summer and cooking definitely helped keep me sane. Hang in there.

May 30, 2011 - 4:28 pm

sweetsugarbean - I love eggs any style- this looks so incredibly delish!!!

May 31, 2011 - 2:21 pm

natalie (the sweets life) - what a fabulous sandwich—I love anything with drippy eggs!

June 1, 2011 - 8:50 am

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) - Oh wow… this looks amazing. I love anything with a nice, runny egg yolk. Although I’m only a half fan of salmon. I wonder if it would taste good with shreddd pork, still coated in the sauce. Either way, the picture is absolutely mouth-watering!

June 2, 2011 - 10:25 pm

bakerbynature - Whenever I see a golden yolk running down the side of a sandwich I am sold; this looks ridiculous… in a wonderfully good way.

June 8, 2011 - 2:13 am

Paula at Dishing The Divine - These look so good! I don’t like smoked salmon, but I’m sure I could throw some bacon between that bread and not suffer at all. 🙂

July 2, 2011 - 5:49 am

Kevin (Closet Cooking) - Runny egg yolks make pretty much everything better!

July 19, 2011 - 12:52 am

lisa - I absolutely hate seafood but this looks so good! I’m just starting to get into cooking and I usually make my husband eggs for breakfast and was running out of ideas.. this sounds lovely. Maybe I’ll use honey ham or bacon instead of the salmon. Thank you! 🙂

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