Saturday, December 14, 2013

Eggs in a Nest (and the two more sophisticated offspring of this idea)

It's mid- December and I am getting all nostalgic. I am about to make my gifts of love by preparing small assortment boxes of homemade cookies and caramels As I am deciding what all to make this year, I am getting all melancholy for lazy holiday mornings when breakfast was the focus after unwrapping presents.
It was a tradition in my family to do Eggs Benedict for Christmas morning. But I'm too old to be so damn fussy and slave in the kitchen while the rest of my family is playing with their toys.
So I will start with the everyday easy comfy breakfast and go to fancy but easy and pop it in the oven while you watch and enjoy and interact with your family while they are enjoying their presents.

Eggs in a Nest

A slice of bread of your choice
1 large egg
1 Tbsp butter divided in half
salt and pepper
Take your bread and cut a whole in the middle of it with a cookie cutter or a glass. Heat half the butter in a nonstick pan on medium heat until foamy.
Lay the cut bread in the pan and the cut out piece in the butter. Crack the egg into the middle of the hole in the bread slice and season with salt and pepper.
When the bottom of the egg is solid enough to flip, get the egg and toast on a spatula and add the rest of the butter to the pan and flip until the yolk is done to your liking and as you flip the bread flip the cut out so it can toast up too.
Remove from pan and yum it up.

Egg Cup Muffins

6 slices of bread of your choice crusts cut off.
6 slices of bacon
6 large eggs
salt and pepper

In a skillet par- cook your bacon to render about a Tbsp. or  so of fat. When cool enough line 6 spaces on a muffin tin tin with the bacon grease.
Press the bread into the prepped muffin tin, making cups from the bread.
Take each slice of bacon and cut it in half and make an x with the bacon and lay it into the individual cups.
Crack an egg into each bacon lined cup and season with salt and pepper and bake at 375 for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on how well done you like your eggs.
Pop the egg mix onto a plate and enjoy.

Fancy Pants Eggs in a Boat, (but it's still easy)

6 artisan ciabatta rolls ( I like LaBrea) or 2 baguettes cut into thirds vertically. Hollow the bread out so that it is a shell or a "boat" if you will.
6 eggs
3 tbsp of milk or cream
salt and pepper
1 tbsp of already prepared pesto
1/4 cup Swiss cheese or goats cheese crumbled
1/4 cup bacon crumbles

Line a cookie sheet with parchment or foil
Place your hollowed out bread onto the cookie sheet.
In a bowl combine the egg, cream, salt and pepper, pesto, cheese and bacon and mix with a fork until well combined.
Evenly distribute the egg mix into the bread boats and bake them at 350 for approx. 15 minutes until the eggs have set and are just barely jiggly in the center. Let cool for 10 minutes until fully set and ready to eat up

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool thanks for posting I will definitely try it!