The World’s Greatest Sandwich, By Thomas Keller

November 24, 2010 (Last Updated: June 29, 2020)
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Thomas Keller and I go way back.  I was lucky enough to meet him at a book signing last spring, and my culinary world immediately changed.  I already knew how talented he is, but I never realized he is such a great guy.  Honestly, one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  I’d like to think of Thomas Keller as my friend.  He would probably consider me more of a stalker.  (Disclaimer to Keller’s reps: I am not now, nor have I ever actually stalked Thomas Keller.  I’m simply stalking his mind).

Case in point, this sandwich.  I was recently doing some sandwich research for work, and putting together a sandwich spreadsheet (because my life is awesome!) and I came across this recipe.  I never saw the movie Spanglish, for which it was created, but I think the sandwich is universal.

It was intended for a late-night sandwich craving in the movie, but I think it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner as well!  My stomach loves it, and so will yours.  Thanks, TK, for another winner.  Love, your biggest stalker fan, Victoria 😉

the world's greatest sandwich by Thomas Keller

BLT Sandwich with Fried Egg and Cheese (The World’s Greatest Sandwich from Spanglish)

This incredible, ultimate BLT sandwich was featured in the movie Spanglish. Whether you make it as a midnight snack as it was in the movie, or for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it's a truly epic sandwich.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 749 kcal


  • 3 to 4 thick slices bacon
  • 2 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 slices Pain de Campagne (rustic country loaf) toasted
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 leaves butter lettuce aka Boston lettuce or bibb lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 egg


  • Cook the bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels and set aside.
  • Place the slices of cheese on one slice of the toasted bread and place in a toaster oven or under a broiler to melt the cheese.
  • Spread the other slice of toast with the mayonnaise, top with the cooked bacon, the sliced tomato, and the lettuce.
  • In a nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Fry the egg, turning over briefly when the bottom is set (keep the yolk runny!)
  • Slide the finished egg on top of the lettuce. Top with the other slice of toast, melted cheese side down. Place the sandwich on a plate and slice in half, letting the yolk run down the sandwich.

Notes & Nutrition

Recipe by Thomas Keller, used in the film Spanglish
Servings 1.0 * calories 749 * Total Fat 48 g * Saturated Fat 21 g * Monounsaturated Fat 11 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 9 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 282 mg * Sodium 1083 mg * Potassium 446 mg * Total Carbohydrate 43 g * Dietary Fiber 3 g * Sugars 5 g * Protein 35 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

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