Egg, Prosciutto and Gruyere Tartine | Fitting Nearly 30 Years in 2 Suitcases

by simplylife on April 22, 2013

A few weeks ago I was at my parent’s house. One of my goals of the visit was to finally go through my belongings and either trash, take or give-away all those things I’ve accumulated for the past several years.

I’ve needed to do this for a long long time, but my parents live in another state.  So when I visit, I want to spend all my time hanging out with them and the people I grew-up with, and it becomes very easy to make excuses why I can’t go through my endless piles of yearbooks and photo albums.


Their basement has become my storage.  Moving home from college and don’t know what to do with that mis-matched set of pots and pans? Yeah, I’ll just put it in the basement.  Just returning from teaching overseas and want to keep all those random souvenirs that I’ll never actually use?  Yeah, I can create a pile for that.   Not quite ready to throw away all the pictures and frames that covered my walls in high school but definitely don’t want them taking space in my current apartment?  Put ’em in the basement.


Oops.  My parents have been incredibly patient and forgiving of my lazy, hoarding tendencies.  But it was finally time.  I guess when you’re married for nearly 6 years and are approaching a new decade in your life, it’s time to have all your belongings with you.

The process was thankfully not as tedious and time-consuming as I had imagined.  Having a total of 2 suitcases to check (thank you, Southwest, for still not charging to check bags) and a small apartment to return to helped keep perspective of what’s truly important.

I went through years and piles of stuff.  There were books, autographed photos from the Full House cast, school essays, walkmans (don’t judge) and so much more.  I was reminded of school dances, rehearsals and old friends.  I was grateful to finally open those dusty boxes and be able to appreciate the items my Late Grandmother had left for me.

After figuring out how to sum-up nearly 30 years into 2 suitcases, I was exhausted (my poor husband was probably even more fatigued after hearing a story about every item before I decided to save or trash it 🙂 ) and I was ready for a hearty, yet comforting meal.


Enter the Egg, Prosciutto and Gruyere Tartine: my new favorite creation.  I don’t really have words to describe this except SO.GOOD.  The thick slice of toasted bread, topped with melted cheese, salty prosciutto and a runny egg that generously seeps into every bite is basically my definition of perfection (okay, I guess I found a few words to describe it 😉 ).  I want to eat this all.the.time.


Remember when I made these Roasted Mushroom, Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Baguettes? Yeah, I used half the bread for the baguettes and saved the other half to use for this loaf, which I then sliced in extra-thick pieces.  You could also just buy a loaf of french, brioche or sourdough bread; either would work well as a base to this tartine.  The rest of the ingredients are simple and straight-forward.  This is one of those recipes where you don’t want to add to much, and the simplicity is part of what makes it superb.

Egg, Prosciutto and Gruyere Tartine

by Simply LifeInspired by Food & Wine

Keywords: appetizer breakfast brunch entree sandwich vegetarian eggs prosciutto

Ingredients (2 tartines)

  • 2 extra-thick slices of french, brioche or sourdough bread
  • 1/4 lb. Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs. + 1 tsp. olive oil, separate
  • 1 cup spinach or arugula, packed
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • Sat and pepper
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


Preheat the broiler. Place 1 tbs. olive oil in small bowl. Brush olive oil on both sides of bread and place in single layer on a baking sheet. Broil for about 1 minute per side, until lightly toasted.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, toss together spinach/arugula, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and 1 tsp. olive oil. Set aside.

Begin cooking the eggs. Heat remaining tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Crack both eggs into a small skillet. Cover pan immediately and cook for 4 minutes, or until egg whites are cooked and a white film begins to form over the yolk. Carefully separate eggs with a spatula. Season with salt, pepper and sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

While eggs are cooking, top the bread sliced with gruyere cheese and prosciutto. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with spinach and egg. Serve immediately and enjoy.

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The other thing that gets me through an exhausting job?  Good snacks and meals to look forward to!  I’m a sucker for dips, sauces and spreads.  Whenever I choose a meal at a restaurant, my deciding factor is usually what type of sauce or spread it is served rather than what the main part of the dish is.

So when I was given the chance to review the following products, compliments of Terrapin Ridge Farms I was really looking forward to it.  I was sent the items pictured below to try:


The first item I tried was the Strawberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip.  Pretzels are one of my favorite snacks and I love the way they taste when dipped in bit of mustard.  This dip did not disappoint.  I really enjoyed the honey flavor mixed with the mustard, and the strawberries added a wonderful sweetness.


Terrapin Ridge Farms offers a wide variety of gourmet dipsjamssalsassalad dressings and more.  I’m most excited to try Thai Chili Aioli next but am in search of ideas; what would you use this for?


Using the winners of the Saffron Road giveaway are: Opera Singer in the Kitchen, Francine Speaker and Maddy!  The winner of the Chobani Giveaway is: Tasha!

~Do you tend to save or trash items?

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  • Colleen

    I have so many things at my parents’ house that I still need to go through! Awesome job going through yours 🙂
    I am in love with runny eggs and sandwiches like this. This looks sooo good to me!

  • Emily

    These eggs are perfectly done and sounds like the perfect recharger after a long day of purging old items. My mom definitely gave me an ultimatum a few years ago regarding some of my old stuff that had accumulated at their house!

  • Zomppa

    Wow – it is amazing going through such memories – hard to distill it into two suitcases…I need to do that with my own stuff!! I am drooling over this.

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    My mom still has a lot of my stuff at her place and hopefully when I move into a place that I feel will be my home for more than a year I’ll move it out. 🙂 Maybe. This tartine looks so good. I love anything with an egg on top!

  • Jessie

    I’m definitely a saver, and my poor dad had to move to another state with boxes of stuff his three daughters are “storing” at this house. And I’ve also taken up a whole bookshelf at my in-laws house – oy. I should probably do something about those :O

    This tartine looks so comforting!

  • Shannon Grande

    i go through stuff at my parents every so often and it’s kind of crazy to read all the notes I saved from jr and high school… the stuff we thought was important–haha! this tartine looks incredible, but i’m a sucker for anything with a runny egg… and gruyere… and greens 🙂

  • Deepa

    Glad to know that you could fit 30 years of stuff in 2 suitcases. In my case it would be two truckloads ( jsut joking) with the amount of cookery items that I have collected over the years. Also the sandwich with sunny side up eggs look so inviting.

  • Hillary Sanders

    Two things:
    1. I want to make this tartine, and am wondering if you heat your proscuitto or just put in cold on top of the melted cheese? Maybe a silly question, but the proscuitto was left out of the instructions altogether.

    2. Please tell me you kept the Full House autographs! Based on this fact along, I’m pretty sure you would have been to cool to be my friend had we known each other pre Seattle 🙂

    • Simply Life

      Whoops! Thanks for catching that and letting me know! I just updated the recipe- I added the prosciutto and cheese to the bread at the same time and then broiled them together so it gets a little warm before topping with the egg. I just updated the recipe. Thanks!

      And no, I decided not to save the autographed pictures 🙁 I figured they’ve been in a box for over 10 years…so with a bit of mourning, they didn’t make the cut into the 2 suitcases. 🙁

  • Megan

    The egg tartines look awesome! I so want to try those for breakfast one day soon. I love prosciutto and Gruyere.

  • Urvashi Agarwal

    I have never seen egg look so tasty 😀


  • yummychunklet

    Ooh, the fried egg on top looks fantastic!

  • Kim of Mo’Betta

    This looks amazing! And you still had a Walkman?! My mom saves EVERYTHING and keeps giving me stuff, like school projects and old report cards of mine. My kids enjoy looking at it all!

    • Simply Life

      Haha- yup, definitely had a walkman (possibly 2 :). Glad to see I’m not the only one who saves things 🙂

  • Kari

    Those sorts of clearing out exercises always seem so unappealing ahead of time – so much to sort! so hard to know what to do with it all! – but when I sit down and go through things, I always love it. The memories are amazing and some things I completely forget I have. I’m glad you finally got through yours 🙂

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    These look like a lovely brunch. I had to do this a couple of years ago when my mom sold her house. It was hard, but I’m pretty good at trashing things…. It’s amazing how much stuff you collect over time though….

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    The tartines look wonderful! I can’t eat eggs anymore and really miss them!

    I still have some things at my parents’ house that I never went through… I bet sorting through all your things was an amazing trip down memory lane…

  • itzyskitchen

    Strawberry honey mustard dip? omgosh mmmmmmmm. Going through piles of old items is definitely exahusting! I bet this tartine was the perfect way to celebrate making it through to the other side 😉

  • Lisa

    my oh my these look great!
    As for your question – I am a TRASHER! No hoarding for me 🙂

  • Greatful Mom

    Well, first I’d like to thank you and your hubby for being considerate of our situation and for not making me feel like I was pushing you out the door…..NEVER! As a revolving door has always been the only door for my cherished ones, it now motivates me a little, tiny, miniscule? amount to go through my own hoarding and collecting!!!

    Wow, what a looks very comforting. I never feel safe about the egg unless it’s cooked on both sides…can you teach me how to get over this and know when they’re ready?? I love dipping things too, but more in chocolate or cheese 🙂

  • Kiran @

    OMG. I love reading your mom’s comment here 😉

    And I need that strawberry honey mustard dip in my life!

    • Simply Life

      haha 🙂

  • Kristen RD, LD

    You sound just like me! I still have a bunch of stuff at my parents house. I need to go through it but am just too lazy. We have Barbies galore!

    This looks just amazing, by the way!

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