Shortly after I wrote my last post about Bruegger's Bagels' Riviera Egg Sandwich (not to be confused with my even previous-er post about the Chimicheddar Egg Sandwich), Bruegger's introduced a new specialty bagel: The Jalapeño Bacon & Egg Sandwich with Sofrito Sauce. Since I seem to be on a bit of a roll of over-scrutinizing the bakery's new products, I figured I'd check it out!
|This is Brueggers' image of their bagel... it didn't exactly match mine.|
The sandwich consists of egg, jalapeño bacon, cheddar cheese and "a zesty sofrito sauce" served on a 12-grain bagel. The picture hanging in the restaurant made it look pretty awesome (even though I wasn't quite sure what "sofrito sauce" was...). After doing some googling, I learned that there are many sauces that are identified as "sofrito," including variations from Italy, Spain, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. The word translates to "sautéed" and the sauce itself generally consists of some variety of aromatics sautéed (I guess that's a given...) in cooking oil. Bruegger's seems to be using a Caribbean-style sofrito that is made with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, and jalapeños in a canola/olive oil blend.
|My Jalapeño Bacon & Egg Sandwich (on an Onion Bagel)|
I placed an order for my sandwich and a giant Diet Coke andddd... was informed that they were out of multi-grain bagels. I opted to sub in an onion bagel (mostly because of the enticing "hot" sign hanging from the bin) and watched the friendly Bruegger's employee slap together my sandwich. My first observation was that the final product didn't really resemble the beautiful ad photo.... at all (and not just because of the bagel swap). The egg on mine looked more hard-cooked than the ad's scrambled patty and the cheese and sofrito were all but M.I.A., but there was a ton of bacon, so I remained excited about giving it a shot. All in all, it was pretty tasty. Despite the fact that the sauce was barely visible, I could definitely taste it and appreciated the spiciness and herbaciousness that it gave to the sandwich. In combination with the egg and bacon (I'm leaving the cheese out of the equation because, as expected, I could barely taste it), it made for a hearty, tasty (enough) breakfast sandwich. It was nowhere near as delicious as the Chimicheddar Egg Sandwich, but beats out the Riviera Egg Sandwich in terms of flavor and is certainly something I can see myself ordering again. Overall, I'd label it a near-hit, but I'll be looking forward to whatever pops up on the specialty sandwich menu next.