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Herby Poached Egg on A Spring Onion & Chèvre Tartlet

Herby Poached Egg on A Spring Onion & Chèvre Tartlet

Herby Poached Egg on A Spring Onion & Chèvre Tartlet

 

1 sheet quality puff pastry dough

1 pound leeks or spring onions or a combination, well-rinsed

3 T. unsalted butter

⅔ C. heavy cream

2 T. fresh tarragon, chopped, divided

2 T. fresh parsley, chopped, divided

2 T. fresh chives, chopped Kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 ounces chèvre (goat cheese), crumbled

4 large fresh farm eggs, plus 1 for egg wash

2 T. milk for egg wash

Water

1 T. white vinegar

 

Remove puff pastry from freezer so it can soften slightly while you cook the onions. Thinly slice the white and light green parts of the leeks or spring onions. Melt butter in a large sauté pan, add leeks or onions and cook over low-medium heat, stirring often, 30–40 minutes or until soft and golden. Add cream, 1 T. each chopped fresh herbs (reserving remainder for garnish). Season with salt and pepper. Stir and simmer over low heat, 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside (or refrigerate up to 1 day). Preheat oven to 425°. Roll out puff pastry sheet on a floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Cut into 4 equal rounds using a large biscuit cutter or 4-inch inverted bowl. Place puff pastry rounds onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Prick each pastry with a fork to prevent uneven cooking. Whisk 1 egg with milk to create an egg wash, and brush lightly onto pastry. Divide onion mixture onto pastry rounds and top each with goat cheese. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. (If pastry rises unevenly during cooking, push down gently with a fork while still warm.) Set aside in a warm place. Fill large saucepan with water, add white vinegar and bring to a simmer. Crack eggs into four individual dishes, taking care not to break the yolk. Slide eggs, 1 at a time, into simmering water. Gently cook each egg until desired doneness, or about 4 minutes for a slightly runny yolk. Remove with a slotted spoon and pat dry. To serve, place each egg atop a warm onion tart, sprinkle with remaining chopped herbs and enjoy.

Polenta-Baked Eggs with Corn, Tomato and Fontina

Polenta-Baked Eggs with Corn, Tomato and Fontina

Polenta-Baked Eggs with Corn, Tomato and Fontina

 

2 C. (475 ml) water

1/2 cup (70 grams) fine polenta or yellow cornmeal

1/2 cup (60 grams) fresh corn kernels, from 1 small cob (or use frozen, defrosted)

1/2 cup (55 grams) coarsely grated fontina, plus 3 T. for sprinkling

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 T. (30 grams) sour cream or creme fraiche

1/4 cup (60 grams) prepared tomato sauce or tomato puree

4 large eggs

Fresh flat-leaf parsley or chives, for garnish

 

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring the water to a simmer in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Slowly whisk in the polenta, trying to avoid lumps then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer the mixture, stirring almost constantly, for 15 minutes. Stir in the corn kernels, and cook for 5 minutes more, continuing to stir regularly. Add Vi cup cheese and stir until melted; then season well with salt and pepper. Add the sour cream and stir until partially combined. (I like to leave a few creamy bits throughout.) Coat a 1-quart baking dish or an 8-to-8‘/2-inch oven-safe skillet with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the polenta to the dish, then dollop with spoonfuls of tomato; swirl them unevenly into the polenta, so that there are pockets of tomato throughout. Smooth the top of the polenta and use a spoon to make four deep wells and crack an egg into each hole. Sprinkle the whole dish with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with the 3 T. cheese. Bake in the heated oven until the whites are firm and the yolks are runny; you can check progress by inserting a toothpick into the whites to see if they’ve firmed up. If you plan to serve this dish more than a few minutes after taking it out of the oven, remove the eggs from the polenta before they are done, because otherwise they will continue to cook in the hot polenta. If you’d like it to be a little brown on top, run the pan under your broiler when the eggs are only halfway as cooked as you like. Sprinkle with parsley or chives and serve with a spoon.

Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Egg Bits

Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Egg Bits

Instant Pot Bacon Cheddar Egg Bits

 

5 eggs

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1/4 cup milk

6 slices of bacon crumbled

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Pour 1.5 cups water into the Instant Pot. Add eggs, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, and milk to a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth and combined. Divide bacon crumbles evenly between egg molds. Pour egg mixture over bacon. Place silicon egg mold onto the trivet and carefully lower into the Instant Pot. Place foil loosely over the top. Set the Instant Pot to Steam for 8 minutes, Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release any remaining pressure.  The egg bites may puff up a bit and look like they are going to pop out of the mold, this is normal, they will settle back down into the mold,

Marinara Cheesy Baked Eggs

Marinara Cheesy Baked Eggs

Marinara Cheesy Baked Eggs

 

1 cup marinara sauce

4 large eggs

1/4 cup fat free or low-fat milk

1/4 cup shredded gruyere cheese

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil two 10-ounce ramekins or coat with nonstick spray. Divide marinara sauce evenly into the ramekins. Top with eggs, milk, gruyere and Parmesan; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place into oven and bake until egg whites are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with basil leaves, if desired.

Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Scallions

Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Scallions

Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Scallions

5-6 oz. breakfast turkey sausage patties or links, diced or finely diced
8 large eggs
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
6 drops hot pepper sauce
2 tsp. butter

Warm a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, and cook until heated through, 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, break the eggs into a bowl, and beat lightly with a fork.  Stir in the scallions, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Melt the butter in the skillet with the sausage over medium low heat.  Pour in the eggs. Cook, stirring almost continuously, until the eggs are set but still soft and creamy, 6-8 minutes. Serve hot.

To make this suitable for a no chew diet, finely dice or omit the sausage.  Do no overcook the eggs.

Egg & Bacon Salad

Egg & Bacon Salad

Egg & Bacon Salad

 

8 Perfect 7-Minute Eggs

8 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 T. Dijon mustard

1 T. apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. maple syrup

3 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 large head romaine lettuce, or 2 small heads Bibb lettuce, leaves separated and torn into big pieces Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

If your eggs have been in the fridge, peel them and put them in a large bowl of lukewarm water to let them come to room temperature while you cook the bacon. (Change out the water if it gets too cold). Dry the eggs with a clean kitchen towel and slice them in half. Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it’s crispy and a good amount of fat has rendered, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and maple syrup. Keep whisking while you stream in the olive oil. In a large bowl, toss the romaine with 2 T. of the maple vinaigrette. Divide the romaine among four shallow bowls. Divide the bacon among the bowls and put four egg halves on each salad. Season each egg half with a little kosher salt. Grind a generous amount of pepper over each salad and serve with extra vinaigrette on the side. Alternatively, pack the undressed salads into four separate containers, and take to work with a bit of dressing on the side.

Three Cheese Quiche Stuffed Peppers

Three Cheese Quiche Stuffed Peppers

Three Cheese Quiche Stuffed Peppers

 

2 medium bell peppers sliced in half and seeds removed

4 large eggs

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup mozzarella shredded

1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. dried parsley

1/4 cup baby spinach leaves

2 T. parmesan cheese to garnish

 

Heat oven to 375°F. Prepare the peppers by slicing them into four equal halves and removing the seeds. In a small food processor blend the three cheeses, eggs, garlic powder, and parsley. My food processor is smaller than I would like so I did this in two batches, half and half, and then combined both fillings. Pour the egg mixture into each pepper, filling just below the rim. Place a few baby spinach leaves on top and stir with a fork, pushing them under the egg. Cover with foil and bake for 35-45 minutes or until the egg is set. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and broil for 3-5 minutes or until the tops begin to brown.

Garlic Fried Eggs with Kale Pesto, Toast Points, and Lemon Bacon Vinaigrette

Garlic Fried Eggs with Kale Pesto, Toast Points, and Lemon Bacon Vinaigrette

Garlic Fried Eggs with Kale Pesto, Toast Points, and Lemon Bacon Vinaigrette

 

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups kale, roughly chopped and packed

¼ cup pine nuts

¼ cup olive oil

¼ tsp. kosher salt

4 strips bacon, fried and cut in half

 

1 lemon, juiced (about 1 ½ to 2 oz.)

3 T. bacon fat, reserved from frying bacon

⅛ tsp. kosher salt

⅛ tsp. ground black pepper

 

2 T. unsalted butter

2 slices of thick cut white bread, sliced into 6 “sticks” (see photos)

1 T. olive oil

 

3 T. butter

1 tsp. garlic, minced

4 eggs

 

Combine garlic, kale and pine nuts, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until roughly combined. With food processor running, stream in olive oil. Whisk together lemon juice, bacon fat, kosher salt, and black pepper until combined. In the pan used to fry bacon, melt butter over medium heat. Add bread and toast on all sides until golden brown and crispy.  In a small frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Fry garlic until it starts to turn golden brown, for about 4-5 minutes. Crack two of the eggs into the pan and use a small spoon to baste the eggs with the melted butter and garlic mixture. Cook until whites are firm, about 2-3 minutes. Remove eggs from pan and cook the remaining two eggs in the same method. Serve eggs with bacon and kale pesto and a drizzle of vinaigrette on top. Enjoy!

Savory Gruyere Custard

Savory Gruyere Custard

Savory Gruyere Custard

2 oz/55 g Gruyere cheese

2 oz/55 g Parmesan or Pecorino cheese

2 C./500 mL 35% cream

1 sprig fresh thyme

1 garlic clove

3 eggs

3 egg yolks

½ tsp. Dry Mustard

Salt and pepper

 

Assemble, prepare, and measure ingredients. Grate both cheeses. Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C. Lightly butter four l-cup/250 mL ramekins or a 1-quart/l L baking dish. In a small saucepan, warm cream over medium-low heat with thyme and garlic until steam rises. Remove from heat and allow to infuse and cool while you make the eggs. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and yolks with mustard (or cayenne) and salt and pepper. Stir in grated cheeses. Strain cream through a fine-mesh sieve and whisk into egg mixture. Pour custard mixture into ramekins (or baking dish) and place in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water around dishes to come halfway up their sides. Be careful not to splash any water into the custards, as you want them to be creamy and silken, not watery. Bake for 30 -45 minutes, or until center is just set. Custards in ramekins will cook more quickly than those in a single baking dish. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.  To serve, place ramekins on individual plates or scoop out servings from larger baking dish.

Ramps on Grits

Ramps on Grits

Ramps on Grits

 

1 cup stone ground white grits

3 C. water

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated

2 T. olive oil

8 ramps

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 T. unsalted butter

4 eggs

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

In a medium pot, bring the water and salt to a boil over high heat. Stir in the grits and pepper, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Once the grits are cooked, stir in the cheese and distribute among 4 bowls. Roughly chop the white parts of the ramps. Cut the leaves crosswise into 1/8″ slivers and set aside. In a large, heavy-bottom pan set over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the ramp whites, salt, and pepper. Cook until the ramps begin to brown, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Stir in the ramp leaves and cook for about 30 seconds. Then add the white wine and immediately cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid. Remove from heat and let sit for a couple minutes to steam the ramp leaves. Distribute among the 4 bowls. Return the pan to medium-high heat. Once the pan is nice and hot, add the butter, then the eggs. Let the eggs fry for about 30 seconds–just long enough to season with salt and pepper–then cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and remove from heat. Let sit for 3-4 minutes. Distribute the eggs among the 4 bowls and serve.

Instant Pot Breakfast Shakshuka with Feta and Dill

Instant Pot Breakfast Shakshuka with Feta and Dill

Instant Pot Breakfast Shakshuka with Feta and Dill

 

1 T. unsalted butter, room temperature, or olive oil

3 cups Quick Pomodoro Sauce or prepared marinara sauce

Pinch of red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. ground cumin

8 large eggs

4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

 

Perfect Toast

1 small shallot, thinly sliced

Caper berries

¼ cup (packed) torn fresh dill

Extra-virgin olive oil

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Freshly ground black pepper

 

Brush the bottom of the inner pot of the pressure cooker with the butter. Add the sauce, red pepper flakes, and cumin and stir to combine. Crack 8 eggs (1 or 2 per person) into the sauce. Lock on the lid and Pressure Cook on low pressure for 1 minute. Immediately release the pressure manually (to prevent the eggs from overcooking) and open the lid. Check the yolks; if you like a firmer yolk, turn off the heat, re-cover with the lid (but don’t lock it), and let the eggs sit for 1 to 2 minutes more, until set. Open the lid and sprinkle the feta over the top of the eggs to warm it. Spoon the sauce, eggs, and feta into shallow bowls or over the toast and sprinkle with shallot, caper berries and dill.  Drizzle with Olive oil if desired and finish with a sprinkle of flaky salt and pepper.

Instant Pot Veggie Bacon Crustless Quiche

Instant Pot Veggie Bacon Crustless Quiche

Instant Pot Veggie Bacon Crustless Quiche

 

1/2 cup (50g) shredded Parmesan, divided

1/4 cup (30g) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1/4 cup (28g) shredded provolone or gruyere, divided

2 T. (28 g) grass fed butter or ghee (plus more as needed)

1 cup (70g) thinly sliced or chopped mushrooms

2 cups (60g) pre-washed fresh spinach, coarsely chopped

5 large eggs

1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream

1/4 cup (60g) cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. granulated garlic

7 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled

zest of one lemon

1/4 cup (15g) finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 cup (240ml) water

Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine parmesan, cheddar and provolone, set aside

 

Add the butter to Instant Pot and press “sauté “. Once butter has melted, add the mushrooms and sauté for seven minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly caramelized. Add the spinach and sauté for three minutes, stirring occasionally, just until wilted. Pres the “keep warm/cancel” button. Grease a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with lid that fits inside the Instant Pot and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, heavy cream and cream cheese until eggs are fully incorporated. Add salt, garlic, bacon, lemon zest, parsley, three quarters of the cheese mixture and the mushroom mixture, gently stirring to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place lid on baking dish.   Pour water into the Instant Pot, place Instant Pot Trivet into the Instant Pot. Carefully transfer baking dish to Instant Pot on top of the trivet. Place lid on the Instant Pot, making sure the steam release valve is sealed. Press the ‘manual’ button and set timer for 25 minutes. When Instant Pot beeps, press warm/cancel. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for ten minutes. Using and oven mitt “quick release” the steam release valve. When the steam stops venting, and silver dial drops, carefully open lid.  Carefully remove dish from the Instant Pot and remove lid from the dish. Next add the remaining reserved cheese mixture to the top of the quiche and either place quiche back into the Instant Pot with the lid on or place under a preheated broiler in the oven for three minutes or until cheese is slightly brown.  Allow quiche to rest for 15 minutes.  Note: if your baking dish does not have a lid, you can cover the top with parchment paper then secure the edges with aluminum foil

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs

Instant Pot Saucy Beans & Eggs

 

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, smashed or thinly sliced

½ tsp. cumin seeds (optional)

3 cups cooked pinto beans or white beans; or canned beans, rinsed and drained

1¼ to 1½ cups chicken or vegetable broth

½ tsp. fine sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 large eggs

 

Extra-virgin olive oil Chopped fresh mint

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Freshly ground black pepper

Garlicky Pistou, optional

Perfect Toast , optional

 

Place the olive oil, garlic, and cumin seeds in the inner pot of a pressure cooker and set to the Sauté function. Cook about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the beans, broth, salt, and some pepper and continue on the Sauté setting to soften the beans until the mixture is saucy, stirring the beans occasionally to release their starches and thicken the sauce, about 4 minutes. Crack the eggs into the beans and cook on the Sauté setting until the whites are just starting to set, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover the pot (don’t lock), turn off the heat, and let the eggs continue to cook until the whites are fully set and the yolks are soft and creamy, 3 to 4 minutes more, depending on how firm you like your yolks.  Open the lid and spoon the beans and eggs into shallow bowls or serve over toast, drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with the mint, salt and pepper.  Serve with a dollop of pistou, if desired.

 

 

Garlicky Pistou

 

The foundation of a perfect pistou is fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, and grating cheese (often parmesan), the last added for body and a perfect salty-umami finish. Use whatever fine grating cheese you have on hand: parmesan, pecorino, or aged Manchego all work, as does a nutty, semi-firm cheese like Gruyere. You can make the pistou loose and shaggy, like a gremolata, but for most soups I love it blended to a creamy green paste in a food processor. Try also stirring the pistou into creamy soups,

 

1 large bunch basil (about 2 packed cups)

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (2 ounces)

3 garlic cloves

4 T. extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp. fine sea salt

1 to 3 tsp. hot water

 

Combine the basil, cheese, garlic, olive oil, and salt in a small food processor or a blender and pulse to roughly chop. Add the hot water, 1 tsp. at a time, to get the blade moving, and blend to make a smooth paste. You want it a touch runnier than a pesto but thick enough to easily dollop with a spoon. Refrigerate the pistou for up to 5 days in an airtight container, covered with a thin layer of olive oil to maintain the green color.

 

 

 

Perfect Toast

 

There’s something otherworldly about a slice of sourdough bread that’s been skillet-toasted in butter and olive oil (yes, both, the butter sizzles and seeps into the bread, while the oil, which can handle higher heat, helps the edges brown).  For every 2 to 3 pieces of toast, heat 1 T. each butter and extra-virgin olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet set over medium-high heat (have extra butter and oil handy for toasting the other side – how much you need depends on the bread and how buttery you like your toast). Add thick slices of sourdough, whole wheat, or baguette, and cook until toasted and golden, and the bread is starting to soak up the fat, about 3 minutes.  Flip, adding another T. each butter and oil, and cook until edges are golden but interior is still soft, 2 minutes more.

Garden Skillet with Sausage and Eggs

Garden Skillet with Sausage and Eggs

Garden Skillet with Sausage and Eggs

 

½ pound sausage,  bulk or removed from casings

Olive oil

1 medium (about 8 ounces) zucchini or summer squash, thickly grated or julienned

1 small bell pepper, julienned (color of choice or a mix)

1 large (~10-12 ounces) bunch kale, tough stems stripped away and sliced into thin strips or chopped (may mix and match dark leafy greens of choice)

Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1-2 eggs per person, according to appetite

Optional for serving: Chopped avocado; cooked quinoa, rice, or grain of choice; freshly grated Parmesan, crumbled feta, or your favorite cheese; chopped nuts and/or seeds; crusty bread or roll

 

In a large, lightly oiled skillet (I use my 12-inch cast iron skillet), sauté the sausage over medium-high heat until beginning to brown, crumbling as you go. (Look for some nice golden color, but it doesn’t have to be cooked through yet.) Drizzle in a T. of olive oil (and a sprinkling of spice, if using – see notes), and add the zucchini and bell pepper. Spread into an even layer along with the sausage, and sear the mixture for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and spreading back out, or until cooked to your liking. (If your skillet becomes dry, add another drizzle of olive oil.) Season with a little salt and pepper, and then add the kale in batches, tossing gently to rotate the top layer down. As the kale wilts, add more until you have added it all to the pan. At this point I drizzle in another T. or so of olive oil and add another sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook, tossing the mixture as you go, until the kale is wilted. Once the kale is tender, make an indentation for each egg, and crack an egg into each one. Cook until the eggs are set to your liking. If you prefer a firmer top, cover the pan for a minute or two or run briefly under the broiler, watching closely to avoid burning. Optionally, you could scramble the eggs into the vegetable mixture, if preferred. Remove the pan from the heat and serve as is or over optional cooked grain of choice. We often serve over quinoa and top with chopped avocado and salted pumpkin seeds. YUM!

Sesame Bagels with Avocado, Burrata, and Raspberries

Sesame Bagels with Avocado, Burrata, and Raspberries

Sesame Bagels with Avocado, Burrata, and Raspberries

 

2 sesame seed bagels, halved

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

4 slices deli salami

One or two 4 oz. balls burrata cheese

½ C. fresh raspberries

Honey, for drizzling

1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

6 fresh basil leaves, torn

2 Perfectly Poached Eggs

Directions

 

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place the bagels on a baking sheet, cut-side up. Rub each with ½ T. of the olive oil. Arrange the salami on the baking sheet around the bagels. Transfer to the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the salami is crisp—watch closely, as it will cook fast toward the end! Remove the baking sheet from the oven and break the burrata over each bottom bagel half. Top with fresh raspberries and drizzle with honey. Add the salami and avocado and season with salt and pepper. Add the basil and top each with an egg. Finish with the top halves of the bagels.

Soufflé Omelet with Spinach, Artichokes, and Brie

Soufflé Omelet with Spinach, Artichokes, and Brie

Soufflé Omelet with Spinach, Artichokes, and Brie

 

Whipping the egg whites separately from the yolks creates the fluffiest, lightest omelet you’ll ever taste. Add on creamy brie, artichokes, spinach, a handful of blueberries and a drizzle of honey and you won’t want to eat omelets any other way.

 

3 large eggs, separated

¼ C. whole milk or heavy cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

3 T. unsalted butter

¼ C. marinated artichokes, quartered

Handful of baby spinach

2 oz. Brie cheese, thinly sliced (rind on or off)

½ C. honey

Pinch of flaky sea salt

Fresh blueberries, for serving

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs yolks, milk, and a pinch each of kosher salt and pepper until combined. In a large bowl using a handheld mixer, beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks, about 1 minute. Using a spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture until just combined. It is okay if the mixture is not completely smooth; just be careful not to deflate the whites. In a 10- to 12-inch skillet, melt 1 T. of the butter over medium heat. Add the egg mixture and cook without moving until the top of the egg just begins to set, about 4 minutes. Add the artichokes, spinach, and Brie to one side of the omelet, cover the skillet, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, or until the cheese just begins to melt. Carefully fold over the empty side of the omelet to enclose the filling and cook for 1 minute more. Remove the pan from the heat and slide the omelet onto a plate. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 2 T. of butter with the honey over medium heat. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in a pinch of flaky salt. Drizzle the omelet with the honey butter and top with blueberries.

Queen’s Puffs

Queen’s Puffs

Queen’s Puffs

 

About 2 T. vegetable oil, divided

About 3 C. mashed potatoes

12 ounces breakfast sausage links

5 ounces baby spinach leaves

12 large eggs

1/3 C. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

¾ tsp. kosher salt

2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves

¼ C. chopped green onions

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

 

Heat oven to 375° with a rack in the upper third of the oven. Oil a 9- by 13-in. baking dish with 1 T. oil. Drop 1/2-C. scoops of mashed potatoes into dish, spaced about 2 in. apart. Heat remaining 1 T. oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Cook sausage, turning often, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Scatter cooked sausage in pan, laying over and between potato mounds. Add spinach to frying pan and wilt, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute. Sprinkle spinach over sausage. Whisk eggs together in a large bowl until broken up. Whisk in flour, baking powder, salt, thyme, and onions. Pour mixture over sausage and potatoes. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake until potatoes are bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes.

 

8 servings, 373 calories; fat 28g; fiber 1.4g

Green Grains and a Fried Egg

Green Grains and a Fried Egg

Green Grains and a Fried Egg

Eggs are better with carbs, and they’re particularly good with grains like rice, farro, and quinoa, which can soak up a runny yolk. The herby-green grains here are good for more than just breakfast, though you could pair them with sautéed fish, skin-on chicken breasts, and almost any roasted vegetable (such the Cumin-Roasted Carrots on page). To make a big batch and eat from it all week, simply stir the herb sauce into a pot of grains while they’re still warm; start with 2 T. of sauce for every cup of cooked grain, and go up from there.

 

1 cup cooked rice, quinoa, farro, or other grain

2 T. Roasted Garlic–Herb Sauce

Kosher salt

2 T. olive oil

1 large egg

Freshly ground black pepper

Hot sauce, for serving

 

Combine the grains and herb sauce in a medium nonstick skillet and set it over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally to distribute the herb sauce, until the grains are warm and have come back to life a bit, 1 to 2 minutes. Taste the grains, add a little kosher salt if desired, then transfer to a bowl or plate.

Add the olive oil to the skillet and raise the heat to medium-high. When the oil begins to shimmer, crack the egg into the skillet and give it a sprinkling of kosher salt. Cook the egg until the white is opaque around the perimeter but still translucent near the yolk, about 1 minute. Carefully tilt the pan slightly toward you, just enough to make the oil pool in the front edge of the pan. Spoon the hot oil over the translucent parts of the white, avoiding the yolk as best you can, until the white is set about 1 minute. Use a slotted spatula to transfer the egg to the rice. Top the egg with a few grinds of black pepper and eat with hot sauce.

Broccoli Cheese Cups

Broccoli Cheese Cups

Broccoli Cheese Cups

 

3 cups cooked and chopped broccoli

1 large egg

12 Ritz crackers (crushed)

1 heaping cup of cheddar cheese (plus more for topping)

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium size bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until well incorporated.  Generously grease a mini muffin tin and evenly distribute the mixture into about 16 of your muffin tin cups.  Use your fingers to squish the mixture down so that it’s well compacted. Top with more cheese and bake in the center rack for 14-16 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes before removing them from the pan. Serve alone or with a little ranch or ketchup for dipping. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Recipe Notes: The mixture will seem a bit dry, but this is what makes them crispy and not too eggy. Add an extra egg if you want more of a quiche consistency. They’re great for breakfast this way!  Like things crispy? You can add a pinch of cheese to the bottom of your greased muffin tin wells before adding your mixture.  Feel free to season however you’d like. You could also add onion powder or black pepper. Don’t forget that the Ritz crackers already have added salt.

Ricotta Scrambled Eggs

Ricotta Scrambled Eggs

Ricotta Scrambled Eggs

 

Tossing some of this stuff into your eggs while you scramble them yields such a fluffy, creamy texture, all while fully cooking the eggs. That’s a win in my book. The ricotta also adds a richness that I can’t quite pinpoint. It’s not the same as butter, but it gives the eggs something extra. And when these eggs are piled high on toast, they are sure to be a hit. Give them a little chive shower, too, for some of that garden flavor.

 

1 T. unsalted butter

4 large eggs

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/3 cup ricotta cheese

2 T. snipped fresh chives

Toasted, buttered baguette slices, for serving

 

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, and pepper. Add the eggs to the skillet and let them set a bit, then gently push them around with a spatula to scramble them. Once they are almost fully cooked, add in the ricotta cheese and continue to stir with the spatula for another minute or so until the eggs are done and no longer runny. Serve the eggs with a sprinkle of chives on top and some buttered toast.

Fennel Sausage and Mushroom Quiche

Fennel Sausage and Mushroom Quiche

Fennel Sausage and Mushroom Quiche

 

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 T. sugar

1/2 tsp. fine sea salt

1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

2 large eggs

 

1 1/2 T. unsalted butter

9 ounces ground pork sausage

1 tsp. fennel seeds, coarsely chopped

3/4 tsp. fine sea salt

8 cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped

2 large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped

8 large eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup grated Comte cheese (can substitute Parmesan or even a sharp aged white Cheddar)

 

To make the pie crust: In a food processor (or a large bowl, if mixing by hand), combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse once or twice to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it is broken down into pea-size pieces. (If mixing by hand, get in there with your hands and work the butter into the flour.) Add the eggs and pulse (or stir by hand) until combined. The dough may still seem dry and not entirely together–that’s okay. Dump it out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Bring the dough together into a ball and flatten it into a disc on the plastic wrap; it should come together as you do, but if it is still too dry, add a tsp. or two of very cold water. Wrap the dough tightly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. On a well-floured work surface, roll out the dough into a round just under 1/4 inch thick. Line a 9-inch pie pan with the dough (see Chef’s Note). Cut the excess dough from the edge and then crimp the edge and fold it up. With a fork, gently poke the bottom of the dough all over. Chill the dough lined pie pan for 10 minutes. Line the dough with a large piece of parchment paper and fill it with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until it starts getting golden and is almost fully cooked. Remove the parchment and beans or weights and bake for 10 minutes more, or until just lightly golden all over and fully baked. Transfer to a wire rack; keep the oven on. To make the quiche: In a large skillet, melt 1 T. of the butter over medium to high heat. Add the sausage, fennel seeds, and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook until the sausage is almost fully cooked, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms and remaining 1/2 T. butter and cook until the mushrooms begin to soften and the sausage is fully cooked all the way through, about 5 minutes. Add the sage, stir to combine, and turn off the heat. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs well until frothy. Add the milk, cream, pepper, and remaining 1/4 tsp. of the salt and whisk again. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Set aside. Pour the sausage-mushroom mixture into the baked pie crust and spread it evenly. Pour the milk mixture evenly over the sausage and mushrooms. Bake the quiche for 35 to 45 minutes, then cover it with foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more, until the center is jiggly but set. Let the quiche cool, then slice and enjoy. The quiche will keep, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the oven or microwave. Cook’s Note: This recipe will leave you with leftover dough. You can wrap and freeze it. This is also my recipe for pie dough, so you’re welcome! Use this for your pie making!

Kuku Sabzi (Persian Herb Frittata)

Kuku Sabzi (Persian Herb Frittata)

Kuku Sabzi (Persian Herb Frittata)

 

Kuku sabzi can be served warm, cold, or at room temperature – making it the perfect make ahead dish and picnic favorite!

 

4 T. extra-virgin olive oil

5 oz chopped baby spinach (about 4 cups)

3 cups thinly sliced green onions

3 cups finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems

2 cups finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 cup finely chopped fresh dill leaves and tender stems

12 large eggs

2 T. all-purpose flour

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

 

Fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional) Preheat the oven to 375°F [190°C] and set an oven rack in the middle position. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the spinach and green onions and cook until softened and wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes. Add the cilantro, parsley, and dill and stir to combine. In another bowl, whisk the eggs until lightly beaten. Add the flour, salt, turmeric, and pepper and whisk until smooth. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the herbs and stir until combined. Add the remaining 3 Tbsp of oil to a 9 in [23 cm] square pan and tilt the pan to coat the bottom and sides. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and transfer to the oven. Bake until the eggs are just set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into 16 squares. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with mint leaves before serving, if desired. Store, refrigerated, in a Stasher bag or an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

To fry the kuku instead of baking::  Preheat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat in a 12 inch skillet. When the oil begins to ripple, pour half of the kuku mixture into the pan, lower heat to medium and cook until the kuku is set on the bottom and beginning to set on the top. Use the flat end of a spatula to divide the kuku into wedges. Flip one wedge at at time and continue to cook until the kuku is fully set and there is no raw egg in the middle. Move the cooked kuku onto a plate and repeat with the other half of the batter, adding more olive oil before you add the batter.

Avocado Toast Fried Eggs with Smoked Paprika + Salsa

Avocado Toast Fried Eggs with Smoked Paprika + Salsa

Avocado Toast Fried Eggs with Smoked Paprika + Salsa

 

1 really good slice of bread

½ ripe avocado

Squeeze of fresh lime juice

2 sprinkles of salt

Dab of butter

2 eggs

Sprinkle of smoked paprika

Glug of salsa

 

Toast the bread to your liking. Scoop out the avocado half and mix it with the lime juice and a pinch of salt. Schmear it onto the toast. Heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the eggs as you like, sprinkling with smoked paprika and salt while cooking. Slide the eggs onto the toast. Top with the salsa and dig in.

Smoked Salmon Bowl

Smoked Salmon Bowl

Smoked Salmon Bowl

 

1 C. packed baby kale

¼ tsp. olive oil

2 large eggs

â…› tsp. sea salt

â…› tsp. ground black pepper

2 ounces smoked salmon

¼ avocado, pitted and sliced

 

Preheat a nonstick pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the kale and olive oil to the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper to taste, and transfer to a serving bowl. Place the skillet back on the stove to cook the eggs. Whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper, and 1 T. of milk. Add this mixture to the pan and scramble to your desired firmness. Place the scrambled eggs in the bowl with the kale, top with smoked salmon and sliced avocado, and serve.

 

337 calories, 21g fat, 5g fiber

Slow Cooker Prosciutto Eggs with Kale

Slow Cooker Prosciutto Eggs with Kale

Slow Cooker Prosciutto Eggs with Kale

 

4 C. Kale, coarsely chopped

1 ½ C. Marinara Sauce

2 slices Prosciutto, chopped

4 large eggs

 

Put the kale in the slow cooker. Spoon the marinara sauce over the top, then scatter in the prosciutto. Crack the eggs and carefully place them over the marinara sauce mixture, spacing them evenly apart. Cover the slow cooker and cook on the high setting for 1 to 11/2 hours, until the kale softens and the egg whites are cooked through but the yolks are still soft. Serve immediately.

 

4 servings

Calories: 222

Fat: 8g

Fiber: 1g

Green Shakshuka

Green Shakshuka

Green Shakshuka

 

2 T. olive oil

1/2 medium onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

9 ounces brussels sprouts, shaved or finely sliced

1 zucchini, grated

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 C. packed baby spinach

5 large eggs

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 large avocado, for garnish

 

Heat olive oil in a sauté pan on medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion becomes translucent. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Add the shaved brussels sprouts and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. When the brussels sprouts have softened, add the zucchini and spices and stir for another minute. Add the baby spinach and stir until it just starts to wilt, then turn the heat to low. Flatten the mixture with a spatula and create 5 small wells, then crack the eggs into each well. Cook until the eggs are done to your liking. You can also add a lid to steam and cook the eggs faster. Sprinkle the fresh cilantro on top and garnish with sliced avocado.

Poached Eggs on Spinach with Prosciutto

Poached Eggs on Spinach with Prosciutto

Poached Eggs on Spinach with Prosciutto

 

4 eggs

2 garlic cloves

2 T. olive oil

1 lb spinach

½ lb prosciutto slices

salt and pepper to taste

 

Assemble, prepare, and measure ingredients. Crack eggs into teaC. or ramekins. Thinly slice garlic. Line a plate with paper towels. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Turn down heat, make a whirlpool with a wooden spoon, and gently slide in two eggs. Set a timer for 3 minutes. When eggs are poached, carefully remove them to the plate with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the other two eggs. In a skillet large enough to hold all the spinach, warm olive oil over medium heat and stir in garlic. Sauté garlic very briefly, then toss spinach in by the handful, adding more as it wilts. Once spinach has all wilted, turn off heat. Season with salt and pepper, remove to a bowl, and keep warm. In the same skillet, add some olive oil if necessary and quickly crisp prosciutto slices, about 30 seconds per side.  To serve, make a nest of spinach on each of four plates. Top with a poached egg, season with salt and pepper, and serve with a couple of prosciutto slices on the side.

Baked Savory Custard with Cheese

Baked Savory Custard with Cheese

Baked Savory Custard with Cheese

2 C. cream, half-and-half or milk

1 sprig thyme, optional

1 clove garlic, optional

3 eggs plus 2 yolks

Pinch cayenne

½ tsp. salt

½ cup grated semihard cheese, like Gruyère, Comté or Emmenthal

½ cup grated Parmesan

 

Put cream in a small pot with thyme and garlic, if you’re using them. Cook just until it begins to steam. Heat oven to 300 degrees and set a kettle of water to boil. Put eggs, cayenne and salt in a medium bowl and whisk or beat until blended; stir in the cheese. Remove thyme and garlic from cream, then add cream gradually to egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour mixture into a 1-quart dish or into 4 ramekins or custard C.. Put dish or ramekins in a deep baking pan and pour boiling water in, to within about 1 inch of top of dish or ramekins. Bake until mixture is not quite set; it should jiggle a bit in middle. This will take about 30 minutes for ramekins and longer for baking dish; also, cream sets faster than milk. Serve warm, at room temperature, or cold within a few hours of baking.

Fried Eggs with Spicy Spinach and Quinoa

Fried Eggs with Spicy Spinach and Quinoa

Fried Eggs with Spicy Spinach and Quinoa

1/2 cup quinoa

2 T. butter

2 T. olive oil

4 eggs

1/2 lb spinach

1 tsp. harissa paste or chili flakes

salt

pepper

 

Assemble and measure ingredients. Bring 1 cup/250 mL salted water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, cover, turn down heat to low, and cook for 15–20 minutes, or until quinoa forms little “tails.” Remove from heat. If there is any remaining water, drain quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve. Set aside in saucepan or sieve, uncovered. Heat two heavy-bottomed skillets over medium heat. Melt 1 T. of butter with 1 T. of olive oil in each skillet. Turn down heat to low under one skillet. Crack eggs into it and cook very slowly, until whites are opaque and yolks are still runny, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add several handfuls of spinach to the other skillet and allow to wilt. Add remaining spinach, handful by handful, as space allows. When spinach has all wilted, stir in harissa paste (or chili flakes). Season with salt and pepper. To serve, divide spicy spinach among four bowls, spoon quinoa over top, and top with a fried egg. Drizzle pan juices over top and serve.

Mushroom Bacon, Garlic Croutons and Poached Egg Salad

Mushroom Bacon, Garlic Croutons and Poached Egg Salad

Mushroom Bacon, Garlic Croutons and Poached Egg Salad

1 lb / 450g mushrooms, sliced about 1/4″ thick.  Large brown ones are great.

salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. sugar or a drizzle of honey or agave

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

olive oil

2 cloves garlic, sliced thin

2-3 pieces of stale bread (about 1 cup, once sliced)

4 very fresh eggs

water

white vinegar

1 head of butter or romaine lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces

 

Dressing

 

1 garlic clove or 1 tsp. shallot, minced

1.5 T. olive oil

1 T. white wine vinegar or lemon juice

1/2 tsp. mustard

salt and pepper

 

Preheat oven to 350F / 175C.  Toss mushrooms with a drizzle of olive oil, about 1 tsp. salt, some freshly ground pepper, paprika, sugar and garlic powder.  Line baking pan with parchment paper.  Scatter mushrooms in a single layer across pan.  Use two pans (if you have them) so the mushrooms will bake in a single layer.  Roast for 15-20 minutes, til edges are just beginning to get browned.  Flip mushrooms and bake for another 15-20 minutes, til all the water has evaporated out and mushrooms look chewy, almost like bacon. Meanwhile, cut bread into cubes, or tear by hand if using good crusty bread.  Heat about 2 Tbs olive oil over medium-high heat in skillet.  Add sliced garlic and fry 30 seconds, then add bread and quickly toss to coat lightly with oil.  Add a bit more if some pieces look dry.  Add a pinch of salt.  Fry til golden brown, stirring occasionally.  It should take 5-10 minutes.

 

Make dressing – combine garlic, olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, and mustard.  Give a good whisk.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Bring a medium saucepan of water to a low boil.  Add about a Tbs white vinegar and a good pinch of salt.  If eggs are very fresh, omit the vinegar.  Adjust heat so water is just simmering.  Crack an egg into a small bowl.  Using a long handle, give the water a good swirl, then gently drop egg into vortex.  Cook for about 2 – 2.5 minutes, until white is just set and yolk is still runny.  Remove and drain on a paper towel, then poach remaining 3 eggs.   You can poach eggs in advance – just undercook them slightly and reheat in simmering water for about 10 seconds before serving. Toss lettuce with dressing and croutons.  Plate up with some mushrooms, a poached egg and a pinch of salt and freshly cracked pepper.

Artichoke Soufflés

Artichoke Soufflés

Artichoke Soufflés

4 Eggs

¼ tsp. hot pepper sauce

¼ C. flour

Pinch freshly ground nutmeg

1½ C. milk

1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped

1 C. grated fontina cheese

1 C. grated cheddar cheese

½ C. chopped green onion or chives

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease eight ½-C. ramekins. Whisk together the eggs and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl until blended. Add the flour and nutmeg and mix well. Whisk in the milk, then stir in the artichoke hearts, cheeses, and green onion. Spoon the mixture into the ramekins, filling them to about ¼ inch below the rim. Set the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake until puffed and nicely browned, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve immediately.

Meatballs and Peas Tagine with Asparagus and Eggs

Meatballs and Peas Tagine with Asparagus and Eggs

Meatballs and Peas Tagine with Asparagus and Eggs

 

For the meatballs (kefta):

1lb ground beef or lamb

1 small onion, grated

1 garlic, minced

2 tbsp parsley, chopped

2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

½ tsp cumin, freshly ground

¼ tsp paprika

1 pinch of cayenne or to taste (optional)

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

For the sauce and vegetables:

1lb fresh or frozen green peas

½ lb tender asparagus, trimmed and cut into ½ inch segments

2 tbsp oil

1 medium onion, chopped

½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp saffron

Juice of ½ lemon

A small handful of chopped parsley

4 eggs

 

Combine all the ingredients for the kefta together and form into small meatballs. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large, fairly deep pan and brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside.  Pour the remaining oil into the same pan and add the chopped onion. Cook until translucent but not browned. Add the spices and 1 ½ cups of water. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Gently slide down the meatball and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Add the peas and asparagus to the sauce and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, and the sauce has thickened a bit. Carefully break the eggs into the sauce and poach them until set. Add the lemon juice and chopped parsley and serve at once with bread to soak up the goodness that is this sauce.

 

Twice-Baked Magic Soufflés

Twice-Baked Magic Soufflés

Twice-Baked Magic Soufflés

5 T. unsalted butter

1/2 cup finely chopped leeks

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 C. whole milk, warmed

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 pinch ground nutmeg

1 1/2 C. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 cup heavy cream

5 eggs, separated

 

Preheat the oven to 425°F and generously grease six 8-ounce ramekins. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 1 T. of the butter. Add the leeks and cook, stirring, until soft but not brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Melt the remaining 4 T. of butter over medium heat in the same saucepan that you used for the leeks. When the butter stops foaming, whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking, until the mixture boils and thickens. Stir in the salt, nutmeg, 1 1/4 C. of the cheese, and the leeks. Transfer a third of the mixture to a bowl, whisk in the cream, and set aside. Whisk the egg yolks into the remaining two-thirds, then transfer the mixture to a large bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or in a large bowl with a handheld mixer), beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they hold stiff peaks. Stir a third of the whites into the yolk mixture to lighten it, then fold in the remaining two-thirds until no streaks of white remain. Divide the mixture among the greased ramekins, smooth the tops, then run the tip of your finger around the inner edge of each ramekin (this will help the soufflé rise higher and straighter). Arrange the ramekins in a baking dish and pour enough hot water into the baking dish to come half an inch up the side of the ramekins. Transfer to the oven and bake until puffed, deep golden brown, and set within, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the ramekins from the water bath, and let the soufflés cool (they will deflate). Run a knife around the inner edge of each ramekin, then turn the soufflés out into a gratin dish and pour the reserved cream mixture over and around the soufflés. Top each with some of the reserved Parmigiano. At this point, the soufflés can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 24 hours (I’m telling you, this recipe is magic). When you’re ready to bake the soufflés a second time, preheat the oven to 425°F. Bake until the soufflés are puffed and browned (they will puff as much as—if not more than—the first time they were baked), about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Baked Eggs Napoleon

Baked Eggs Napoleon

Baked Eggs Napoleon

12 tater tots, cooked and crumbled

1 tsp. butter

1 T. jalapeno, seeded and finely diced

1/4 C. sweet onion, diced

1 clove garlic, diced

1/4 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven to 350f. Preheat a small skillet over medium high heat.  Melt butter in the skillet and add the onion and jalapeno. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften. Add the garlic and cook another minute, stirring occasionally. Spray two small ramekin dishes with non-stick spray. Divide the crumbled tots between the two dishes. Stir the onion, chile, garlic mixture into the dishes. Top with the mozzarella. Crack an egg into each ramekin. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven on the middle rack for 5 minutes. Broil on high for 5-6 minutes or until the eggs are set.  Rest for 5 minutes before serving and warn diners that the ramekin is still hot. Notes: For extra crispy potatoes, put the ramekins in the oven for 3 minutes after adding the onion and garlic, then proceed as written.

Jammy 7 minute Soft-Boiled Eggs

Jammy 7 minute Soft-Boiled Eggs

Jammy 7 minute Soft-Boiled Eggs

 

4–8 large eggs, week old better

 

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower eggs into water one at a time. Cook 7 minutes, adjusting heat to maintain a gentle boil. Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and chill until just slightly warm, about 2 minutes. Gently crack eggs all over and peel, starting from the wider end, which contains the air pocket. Do Ahead: Eggs can be cooked and peeled 3 days ahead. Store airtight in the refrigerator. For bright, fudgy (that is, not runny) yolks, cook the eggs for 8 minutes. For classic pale yellow, fully cooked yolks, cook the eggs for 10 to12 minutes.

Fried Eggs with Ramps and Bacon

Fried Eggs with Ramps and Bacon

Fried Eggs with Ramps and Bacon

4 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces

8 ramps, aka wild leeks, trimmed and cleaned

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste

chili pepper flakes to taste

 

Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat until crispy, about 8-10 minutes, and set aside reserving the grease in the pan. Add the ramps and sauté until tender and slightly golden brown, about 3-4 minutes, and set aside with the bacon. Crack the eggs in the pan and cook until the whites are set and the bottom is slightly golden brown, about 2-4 minutes. Serve the eggs with the bacon and sautéed ramps on the side and season everything with salt, pepper and chili pepper flakes to taste.

Air Fryer Boiled Eggs

Air Fryer Boiled Eggs

Air Fryer Boiled Eggs

 

6 eggs

 

Set six eggs in the air fryer basket

 

Soft boiled – air fry at 250 for 11 minutes

Medium boiled – air fry at 250 for 14 minutes

Hard boiled – air fry at 250 for 17 minutes

 

Once the eggs are done, transfer them to an ice bath so they can cool off.

Garlic Mustard Roulade

Garlic Mustard Roulade

Garlic Mustard Roulade

 

1 pound garlic mustard greens, flower stalks, and flowers

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. smoked paprika

2 tsp. granulated garlic

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

4 egg yolks

4 egg whites

2c. shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Heat oven to 425° F. Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper. In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the garlic mustard greens for 1 minute. Shock the greens in ice water to stop the cooking process, and squeeze as much water from them as possible. Add the cooked greens to a food processor. Add the nutmeg, salt, smoked paprika, granulated garlic, black pepper and egg yolks. Pulse until the garlic mustard greens are finely chopped.  In a mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. With a spatula, fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the greens mixture, mixing until no more whites are seen. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites, until the mixture is uniform. Spread the garlic mustard and egg mixture evenly on the parchment paper covered sheet pan, leaving an inch of exposed paper around the entire edge. Bake until the egg is set, about 12-15 minutes.. Loosen the roulade from the parchment paper. Sprinkle the top with whatever you are using as a filling, or just cheese. Starting with the wider side, roll the roulade up like a jelly roll, ending seam side down. Bake an additional 10 minutes to melt the cheese and warm the filling.

New Mex Migas

New Mex Migas

New Mex Migas

2 T. unsalted butter

â…“ C. chopped green onion (green parts only)

¼ C. chopped roasted and peeled green chile (or more to taste)

8 large eggs (beaten until smooth)

salt (to taste)

4 ounce tortilla chips (about 2 3/4 C.) preferably stale

2 C. grated cotija cheese (divided)

½ C. cooked black beans

¼ C. Mexican sour cream (plus more to taste)

1¼ C. coarsely chopped cilantro

 

Melt the butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the green onions and cook until they wilt slightly, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the green chile and cook until fragrant, another minute or two. Add the beaten eggs and let sit until they just begin to set, about 1 minute. Salt lightly, sprinkle the tortilla chips over top of the eggs and stir, folding the unset egg over the chips. Cook quickly (to keep the chips from softening), stirring until the eggs are almost set, then stir in half of the cotija cheese. When the eggs are set to your taste, an additional 2 to 3 minutes, divide the mixture evenly among 4 to 6 heated plates, or serve it family style on a large platter. Spoon over the black beans, then the remaining cheese, sour cream and the cilantro. Serve immediately.

Poached Quail’s Egg And Applewood Smoked Bacon With Potato-Chive Bruniose

Poached Quail’s Egg And Applewood Smoked Bacon With Potato-Chive Bruniose

Poached Quail’s Egg And Applewood Smoked Bacon With Potato-Chive Bruniose

 

8 quail eggs

2 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon

1/2 cup (cut bruniose) potato

2 Tablespoons chives, snipped bruniose*

2 T. Beurre Monté or Butter*

 

Cook the bacon until crisp. Drain on a paper towel, the finely chop. Set aside. Cut the potato, bruniose style. Blanch in boiling water for about 60 seconds. Drain. In a small skillet over medium heat, heat 1 Tablespoon of Beurre Monté or butter and cook the potatoes until crisp and browned. Remove from pan; Stir in 3/4 of the chives. Set aside or hold in a warm oven. Using a serrated knife cut through the top part (the fat end — about 1/4 the way down) of each quail egg and place the eggs into a glass bowl. Bring a deep pan with about 4-6 inches of water and 1-2 teaspoons of white vinegar, to a high simmer. Using a whisk, get the water swirling rapidly as you slide the eggs into the water. Do not stir; just let them cook for about 30 seconds. They should float up to the surface. When they do, test by picking up a few with a slotted spoon and by pushing against the yolk with your finger. It should be soft. If eggs are done either serve immediately or transfer to a strainer which is set into bowl of the ice water to stop the cooking. Using your fingers or scissors, cut off the tail end and place eggs on a towel lined plate. At this point they can be refrigerated until ready to use. Throw the potatoes back into the pan to re-warm (if necessary) and then wipe out the skillet and put about 1 Tablespoon of Beurre Monté or butter in the pan and re-warm the eggs by gently tossing, about 30-60 seconds. To plate: Divide the potato amongst eight spoons. Divide 3/4 of the bacon amongst the eight spoons and top with one poached egg. Top with remaining 1/4 bacon and the remaining chives. Serve immediately.