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Chicago-Style Pepper and Egg Sandwich

Pepper and Egg Sandwich

Pepper and Egg Sandwich

What's a Chicago Pepper and Egg Sandwich?

Throughout late winter and spring, people across Chicago enjoy a special seasonal treat on Friday nights - the Chicago Style Pepper and Egg Sandwich! A city that is rooted in Catholicism, Chicago also has a thriving food culture. When immigrants from Catholic countries like Italy came to Chicago and opened up food stands and restaurants, they needed to find something to replace meat on Fridays during the season of Lent, when Catholics abstain from eating meat. Thus, the pepper and egg sandwich was born!

Consisting of green peppers and eggs fried up with salt and pepper and put onto a French bread roll, the Pepper and Egg Sandwich must be tasted to be truly appreciated. Even though the practice of abstaining from meat during Fridays in Lent has decreased in recent times, Chicagoans of all faiths still look forward to the Pepper and Egg Sandwiches during the Lenten season. Even if you don't live in Chicago, you can read on to learn how to make your own Chicago-Style Pepper and Egg Sandwich below!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 10

Serves: 4


  • Four green peppers
  • Four large eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Italian or French bread (4 sub rolls)


  1. Preparation:
  2. First, wash your green peppers, remove the seeds, and cut them up. Crack the eggs and scramble them with a tablespoon of water in a bowl. Put a little olive oil on the bottom of a sauté pan and heat it up.
  3. Cooking:
  4. Add the peppers to the pan and sauté them until they are soft. Increase the heat and add the beaten eggs. Stir so they don't stick to the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until they eggs are set.
  5. Presentation:
  6. Divide your pan onto the four rolls. You can also add red pepper flakes, cheese, or giardinara here as well if you desire. Enjoy!

Have you ever had a Pepper & Egg Sandwich?

anonymous on November 17, 2013:

I learn something every minute - never heard of the sandwich.

Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on August 04, 2013:

Louisa (Brooklyn N.Y. )

Oh my goodness. Brings my childhood memories to mind. I just loved these sandwiches. Yes I say very very good.

SusanAston on August 02, 2013:

I like the sound of these.

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on May 12, 2013:

Yes! They are so tasty and a tradition in our household. Boy am I hungry now...I may go make one.

anonymous on March 20, 2013:

Being Italian Catholic, pepper & egg sandwiches were a staple in my house on Fridays during Lent. Came here looking for some technique to make it look better. Mine always look sloppy, but taste delicious. A little cheese in the pan while you're cooking them is good.

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anonymous on March 20, 2013:

Being Italian Catholic, pepper & egg sandwiches were a staple in my house on Fridays during Lent. Came here looking for some technique to make it look better. Mine always look sloppy, but taste delicious. A little cheese in the pan while you're cooking them is good.

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on November 17, 2012:

No, but it really looks good. I'll have to try it if for no other reason than it is a new way to fix eggs. We have 11 hens who are egg laying fools, and they are way ahead of us. Any new way to fix eggs is welcomed at my house.


rosepcasa on November 10, 2012:

This looks fantastic and I want try it. Keep up on sharing your lenses with your great recipes. Thumbs up.

eightieschild on November 01, 2012:

Never had one, but your lens is tempting me to try one now :)

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on October 11, 2012:

I have had pepper and eggs for breakfast, it's something the Italian side of my family did -- but they never put it in a sandwich.

Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on October 03, 2012:

Sounds delicious!

MarcellaCarlton on September 17, 2012:

I was originally looking for an egg sandwich for breakfast, but I got a lot more with this recipe. It is yummy looking, and I got to meet Clara,too! What a treasure she is. I'll have to check out her other videos. Great lens!

anonymous on August 30, 2012:

A very simple and delicious recipe that cannot go wrong.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on July 22, 2012:

Nope, but this looks very interesting. Thanks for the idea!

Spiderlily321 on April 24, 2012:

I've never had a pepper and egg sandwich from chicago, but I like to make pepper and egg omelets.

anonymous on April 05, 2012:

I haven't but it looks right up my alley.

Lindrus on March 19, 2012:

I haven't had one, but I wouldn't mind trying it. Thanks for your lens!

anonymous on February 15, 2012:

Pepper and egg sandwiches are so good! For the very best pepper and egg sandwich in Chicago I recommend going to Punky's in Bridgeport. . .26th Street and Wallace. It's to die for, every time I'm in the area I stop in for one.

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on February 05, 2012:

Nope, haven't had a pepper and egg sandwich. I have had scrambled eggs on tortilla wraps with salsa and cheese with jalapenos... that's pretty good, too...

Dianne Loomos on February 02, 2012:

My husband would love the pepper and egg sandwich. Sounds good!

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on February 01, 2012:

In all the times I have been to Chicago I have never heard of these. Simple but effective, we quite often eat something similar here in the UK. Very tasty.

BuddyBink on January 25, 2012:

Just an update. I tried this over the past weekend and it was great. I am letting everyone know about it. Thanks for the recipe.

Ben Reed from Redcar on January 19, 2012:

I have never tried this - but I will now...

BuddyBink on January 18, 2012:

I have never had a Pepper and Egg sandwich. I have Egg and Onion sandwiches all the time. I will try this recipe, it is easy and not too different from my Egg and Onion. Thanks

Jennifer Sullivan (author) from Chicago, IL on January 09, 2012:

@anonymous: Personally, I agree, I just do the green peppers, but I think that might be a Chicago thing, and that other areas use the red peppers too. Either way, its a delicious sandwich!

anonymous on January 09, 2012:

I grew up in an Italian neighborhood in New Haven. I recall the P&E sandwich on Italian bread fondly. I see a variety of recipes on the internet and the purist in me suggests that red bell peppers are not to be included.

julieannbrady on November 08, 2011:

Well, I've not added peppers to my egg sandwich, but I sure have been eating a lot of those lately!

Ronald Tucker from Louisville, Kentucky on August 24, 2011:

I have never had a Pepper & Egg sandwich...the closest I have come to having one is when I cook a omelet and use green peppers for seasoning.

Enjoyed learning about the history of the Pepper & Egg sandwich and the viewing the video. Great lens on what generations have did with the "incredible, edible egg"!

anonymous on August 18, 2011:

I am fond of sandwiches, this pepper and egg sandwich looks perfect and simple to try.

KonaGirl from New York on August 15, 2011:

I love peppers and eggs, but have never put them together in a sandwich. I suppose it wouldn't be much different than having an omelet with peppers and toast. I think I would probably like hot peppers much better though.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on August 15, 2011:

NO, I haven't, and I am not fond of peppers, but my husband is, and I think he would love a pepper and egg sandwich. Maybe I will surprise him with one soon - thanks!

David Stone from New York City on August 10, 2011:

I have now. In my imagination.

zdaddyo on August 02, 2011:

I grew up near Chicago and never heard of it before. Looks and sounds yummy!

RetroMom on May 01, 2011:

Oh I would love to get my hands with some Chicago Sandwiches! I will love to try this recipe, they look so yummy. I cant wait to taste them. Bless you for sharing this lens.

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on April 14, 2011:

OH, I just loved this lens!! Yes, hubby and I like to make what we call "one pan meals" from time to time. Sometimes we eat it on a sandwich, sometimes plain, but green peppers and eggs are one of our faves. I also sautee onions with the green pepper, then top it all with American cheese cause that's how hubby likes it.

anonymous on April 12, 2011:

Yes, make Pepper and Egg sandwiches all the time!

anonymous on April 11, 2011:

I know that I would love pepper and egg sandwiches and have made something similar over the years.

anonymous on April 10, 2011:

Growing up Roman Catholic from Chicago I have eaten and and made my share of this sandwich. After many years of the same old thing I placed a twist on this classic sandwich. Add: 1/2 cup heavy cream (instead of water) add onion, sliced mushroom & asparagus to the green pepper. When ready to place in the garlic bread roll and some of you favorite cheese. Let it sit a minute or two before serving.

ChrisDay LM on April 04, 2011:

No but I shall now try making one!

scss on February 09, 2011:

I've never tried one of these - I'm going to have to give it a go for dinner soon!

Paul Turner from Birmingham, Al. on February 09, 2011:

Looks delicious! Gonna try this soon.

Pete Schultz on January 24, 2011:

This one is new to me, I thought Chicago was famous for beef sandwiches and deep dish pizza. This treat, I could try on my own. Thanks.

Jennifer Sullivan (author) from Chicago, IL on December 13, 2010:

@Dee Gallemore: Thanks for the blessing!

Jennifer Sullivan (author) from Chicago, IL on December 13, 2010:

@ajgodinho: Thanks for the blessing!

Dee Gallemore on December 12, 2010:

haven't had a genuine Chicago pepper and egg sandwich but would sure like to try one. Blessed!

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on December 03, 2010:

Nice short and sweet lens ~ I like the new recipe module. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

encouragingwords on October 04, 2010:

Looks Delish and lensrolled to Learn How to Make a Lunchbag.

Lynne Schroeder from Blue Mountains Australia on September 12, 2010:

These do sound good

hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 09, 2010:

nope, but it sure sounds good. :)

lefty78 on May 17, 2010:

Not yet, but I love Chicago and plan to try one next time i am there.

greenerme on May 14, 2010:

I have had one, they are good! But, I've never had one from Chicago. in New England, they'll add peppers and ham and call it a "western" egg sandwich. Looks delicious!

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on May 14, 2010:

Nope, never had a Pepper & Egg Sandwich, but they look delicious!

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