Ciabatta Egg Sandwich with Tomato Jam

Inspired by a recipe created by Julie Scelfo, NYTimes Dining
Photo Courtesy New York Times Dining

Homemade tomato jam is a sweet, savory, tangy versatile condiment to use on anything that you would traditionally use ketchup. The jam can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. Try this recipe using Jack's Gourmet Facon or Jack's Gourmet sliced Corned Beef Brisket.


Olive oil
large shallot, diced
clove garlic, minced
1 ½ 
teaspoons ground coriander
1 ½ 
teaspoons fresh ground fennel seeds
tablespoon light brown sugar
tablespoons lemon juice
ounces canned or boxed tomato purée
teaspoon dried oregano
teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
slices Jack's Gourmet Facon or Jack's sliced Corned Beef Brisket
ciabatta rolls


Tomato Jam:
In a medium saucepan, warm 3 tablespoons olive oil over low heat, then add shallots. Once they soften, add garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, or until the garlic starts to soften but not brown, then add the coriander and ground fennel. Allow the spices to toast slightly and become aromatic, adding more oil as needed so the mixture remains a thick paste and the herbs do not burn. Add the brown sugar.

Once they are combined, deglaze the pan with lemon juice, then add the tomato purée, oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Raise heat until mixture starts to boil, then turn it down and gently simmer about 30 minutes, whisking often, until jam thickens. Remove from heat and add salt to taste. As it cools, jam will continue to thicken.

Directions for Sandwich:
Heat oven to 250 degrees. Place the Facon or corned beef brisket in a large, cold skillet, then cook over low to medium low, turning meat until crispy and cooked on both sides. Set aside on a plate. Remove all but 1 tablespoon fat from the skillet.

Slice the ciabatta rolls in half and place on a baking sheet. Smear bottoms generously with tomato jam. Put bread in oven to warm.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together with a little salt and pepper. Put the pan on medium heat and when hot again, gently scramble eggs. Once eggs are just firm, divide them among the ciabatta bottoms. Top with 2 slices Facon, and then the ciabatta tops. Serve immediately.


Recipe: Kosher, meat