A model egg muffin sandwich

by foodhoe on February 17, 2014

I received an email from my friend Jeffrey advising me about a life changing sandwich in Napa, with a link to a slideshow that begins with a breathtaking image of the ultimate breakfast sandwich.  The muffins are from Model Bakery in Napa, made from olive oil-laced focaccia dough that’s formed into thick rounds, laid on a cornmeal-lined tray, and then griddled in clarified butter, until it turns a mouthwateringly golden brown.  I read that you can get them by mail order, so immediately went to their website where I watched chef Michael Chiarello describe the muffins as the best thing he ever ate on said Food Network TV show.   And I ordered them because I knew I wouldn’t be able to drive over fast enough…

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The box arrived two days later.  The aroma that wafted from the bag was incredible, it smelled like donuts but also like freshly baked bread.  The muffins are large, twice the size of the ones you buy at the grocery store, inside they are airy and pillowy with a rich (remember I said they are griddled in clarified butter) cornmeal-dusted crust.  The texture is familiarly fluffy and spongy but a bit more refined, without the nooks and crannies and develops a marvelously crisped crust when toasted.

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The next day at work, imagine my astonishment when my co-workers brought me a bunch of eggs from their backyard hennery that were laid that morning – thanks Don and Mona!  Now I had the fixings for an incredible sandwich!

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I decided to go with a fried egg rather than scrambled because the eggs were so amazingly fresh…

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The muffins were cut in half and toasted, then some thin slices of blackforest ham, pepper jack and although I forgot and left the avocado sitting on the counter, it was completely and totally fabulous!  Game changing?  Yeah, pretty much!

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Apparently, after Michael Chiarello revealed his fascination with these heavenly puffs, the bakery was overrun with requests for them.  The English muffins are $2 each and there’s a minimum order of a dozen for shipping, and the shipping charges vary, depending upon the location.  I paid $14 for overnight delivery and I’m happy to do that versus driving 100 miles each way, it beats the costs of gas and time…  The muffins are shipped only on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and require 48 hour notice.   They are delicious toasted with butter and jam or slathered with chunky salted peanut butter.  Happy Monday!

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