Eggy bread, gypsy bread, egg fried bread, whatever you want to call it. It’s delicious and believe it or not, my favourite lunch in the whole world is ham & cheese gypsy bread. It’s so simple and is ready in just a few minutes. If you start a production line, you can feed six people more than enough with just a loaf of bread, a packet of cheese and some sliced ham. Cheese and anything derived from a pig is possibly the best combination in the world ever. Cheese and ham, cheese and bacon, BBQ pork with cheese, the list is endless and each time it can taste different just by using a different cheese. My favourite cheese for this recipe is a good Red Leicester or a sharp mature cheddar. You can also use different types of bread. White does work the best but if you prefer a brown, a wholemeal or even a 50/50 bread they all taste delicious! You can create a whole meal in minutes.
Ham & cheese gypsy bread is great when you don’t have much money too. You can feed six hungry people for a couple of quid. It’s a really filling and rather substantial. You don’t go hungry, let’s put it that way. The Boy loves lunches like this. With a few chips or a jacket spud and some salad it’s also a great main meal. Just because it tastes good doesn’t mean it needs to be complicated. This is a true transformation of a boring sandwich too. It’s one of those “what shall we have for dinner?” things that doesn’t need much effort and will satisfy a tum of any size!
- 2 x slices of white bread per sandwich
- small dollop of mustard
- 2 x slices of ham
- 15g grated cheese
- 1 x egg per sandwich
- small splash of milk (optional)
- salt & pepper to season
- spread each slice of bread with a small amount of mustard (to your own tastes)
- add one slice of ham to each piece of bread
- pile the cheese on top of one slice of bread & ham and sandwich the other slice on the top to form a sandwich
- crack the egg (into a container big enough to fit all of the sandwich inside) and whisk in the milk (if using) and add salt & pepper to taste
- dip the sandwich in the egg mixture on each side
- fry in a little oil on a medium heat until the egg is cooked and the bread is golden brown on each side (this takes about 90s on each side)
- serve with salad, chips or just on it's own