Sunny Side Up Egg in Shaved Asparagus Ribbon Nests – Springtime on Your Breakfast Table!

March 30, 2012 in Vegetarian Entrees

 

It’s springtime, and you know what that means, food fans. Asparagus is here!

I can hardly wait until asparagus shows up in produce sections each year. It is one of my very favorite foods, and so I think of as many ways as I can to eat the “little green trees,” as one of my kiddos once called this veg.

I have made asparagus the star in all kinds of dishes. I am no stranger to turning asparagus stalks into pasta-like ribbons and slathering them with marinara. Yum.

 

We are no strangers here to cracking eggs into all kinds of veggies. First there was our Flower Power Eggs in bell pepper rings. Then I cracked eggs into avocado slices. Next up: onion ring eggs. A fabulous food blogging friend – Dara of Cookin Canuck – one day asked the question: “What will you think of next?” So Dara, this post is for YOU.

These little asparagus “nests” are dreamy. Simple. Flavorful. Spring time in your mouth! And, they would look so pretty on a platter fro your Easter Brunch!

First, you need to buy medium or large sized stalks. Those little skinny pencil sized stalks just can’t be “shaved” easily. Blanch your stalks in boiling water for 1 or 2 minutes, until just fork tender, but not mushy. Immediately plunge stalks into very cold water to stop the cooking. Use a vegetable peeler and carefully shave off thin ribbons.

Heat a small skillet to medium heat. Put a little oil in the skillet and then place a handful of asparagus ribbons in the center of the pan, forming a nest with a hole in the center. Crack an egg into the center and dab the top of the yolk gently with a paper towel to remove the white from the top of the yolk. Cover skillet and cook until the egg is done to your liking. Sprinkle with some S & P.

That’s it. Really.

Happy Asparagus Season, Everyone!

– posted by Donna

 

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Eggs in Avocado Slices for Breakfast

December 12, 2011 in Entrees

Cook eggs in avocado slices for an easy, stunning breakfast.

Avocado Eggs

Eggs in Avocado Slices for a Festive Breakfast to Remember

Holidays are a time for indulgence. A time to relax with a leisurely breakfast shared with friends and family.

So. I am on the lookout for festive breakfast foods that will be memorable and worthy of a special occasion. I had great luck with my Flower Power Eggs a few weeks ago.

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Eggs in Bell Pepper Rings

So, I decided to try my luck using an avocado slice. These Avocado Egg Rings are just the ticket. Creamy. Flavorful. Unusual. Memorable. And a bonus: they can easily be made red and green with a little sprinkle of green onion and red bell pepper garnish.

It was very recently that I discovered that avocados are delicious when gently cooked. Creamy and flavorful – they take on an almost custard-like texture.

Make these part of your Christmas morning this year – or your next Saturday breakfast for friends. Or a Meatless Monday with a bang! You may just start a new breakfast tradition.

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Savory Baked Egg Tarts Recipe

November 30, 2010 in Entrees, Healthy Fare, Vegetarian Entrees

Savory Baked Egg Tarts

Like quiche – on a whole new level.

I love eggs. I love them boiled, scrambled, fried.  My all time favorite egg is poached. I LOVE the Egg Poaching scene in the movie Julie and Julia where Julie tries an egg for the very first time. “They taste like cheese sauce. Yum.”

I have always liked quiche, and use it as a go-to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Especially during the frantic pace of the holiday season, eggs are my friends. Simple. Easy. Yummy. Packed with protein.  They’re now widely considered to be a great source of healthy frugal protein. A Meatless Monday treat!

I came across this egg tart recipe idea in a magazine and had to try it. Tweaked a little, of course. These are as easy as quiche, but something different. You can cook the tarts to however you like your eggs yolks – hard or ooey-gooey. You can use a large sized muffin tin to cook tarts, but if you have pretty little tart pans – don’t you love fluted edges?! – then use these to impress your guests.

And, for a holiday festive look, add some red color with diced red bell pepper and some green with diced parsley. Hey! Maybe I should have called these “Happy Holidays Tarts!”

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