Chef Jamie Bissonnette's scallion-and-tomato sauce, made with the Middle Eastern spice blend baharat, adds quick flavor to a soft scrambled egg sandwich. The sauce is also delicious on grilled fish, poultry and steak, or as a topping for mashed potatoes. It can be served warm or at room temperature.
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced separately
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon baharat, garam masala or Madras curry powder
2 cups chopped plum tomatoes (12 ounces)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 large eggs
8 slices of aged cheddar cheese (12 ounces)
4 English muffins, split and toasted
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the scallion-tomato sauce
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the scallion whites and garlic and mix well. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the baharat and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and saucy, about 10 minutes. Add the scallion greens and cook until tender, 2 minutes longer. Scrape the mixture into a small bowl and let cool to room temperature.
Step 2 Make the sandwiches
Heat a large nonstick skillet. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter in the olive oil. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a fork. Add them to the skillet, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until curds start to form, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and cook until the eggs are just set, 1 to 2 minutes longer.
Arrange 1 slice of cheese on the bottom of each English muffin. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the scallion-tomato sauce evenly on the cheese and top with half of the eggs. Repeat with the remaining cheese, scallion-tomato sauce and eggs. Close the sandwiches and serve.
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