Friday, March 22, 2013

Caprese Breakfast Croissant Sandwich

I was filled with delight when an authentic French bakery opened directly across the street from my neighborhood a few years ago. Baguette et Chocolat is run by a remarkably gifted Versailles born French baker trained at the esteemed Institut National de la Boulangerie P√Ętisserie and I promise you, his goods taste EXACTLY like those found in a french patisserie. I'm off of wheat for right now, so thought I'd torture myself a bit by posting this sublime sandwich, which is a perfect start to a lazy Saturday.

My hubs kindly suggested we pick up some fresh croissants before they ran out (usually by 10am- they are that good!). It's no secret that I adore caprese salad and I just happened to have some fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil and a farm fresh egg, so thought they'd make a happy little partnership; I was correct. Fabulousness!!

And it's super easy... just thinly slice a tomato, salt it and layer it on a slightly warmed croissant with fresh mozzarella, basil, a drizzle of peppery olive oil and a fried egg. Nestle into a buttery croissant and enjoy!

Fold it closed and take a big bite...

And if you don't live near Westlake or Bee Cave, you should still make the 20 minute drive from town to try this lovely little cafe. And don't be in a rush! It's very French and operates at a French pace. The salad nicoise is also a huge hit as are the fresh, eggy crepes filled with either sweet or savory treats.

**note to my trainer... I didn't eat the hash browns - I promise. but I DID eat the whole sandwich and it was worth the calories!!

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