I created this breakfast sandwich one summer morning as a result of having an abundance of cherry tomatoes and basil in the garden (AND on my kitchen counter tops, lol!) I used a day-old, all-butter croissant, finely shredded Italian cheese, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and a farm-fresh fried egg. I then added a pinch of Maldon salt, fresh pepper and a drizzle of balsamic and my taste buds were in heaven! It was sooo good, and so different! Nothing "same old" here!
Place croissant halves on toaster oven baking sheet; scatter cheese over top of halves.
In a small nonstick skillet, heat butter/oil on medium/medium high heat.
Break egg into skillet.
Place croissant in toaster oven; set oven to broil (watch carefully so as not to over brown.) Remove when cheese is melted and has begun to brown slightly.
Fry egg, turning once, breaking yolk if desired, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Remove croissant halves to serving plate; place 1/2 of the sliced tomatoes on top of cheese on one of the halves; place egg on top of tomatoes; add remaining tomato slices; sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired. (*Note: A light drizzle of balsamic vinegar, at this point, is really good, but optional.)
Scatter chiffonade of basil over tomatoes; place remaining croissant half, cheese side down, on top. Serve immediately.