8 Delicious, Nourishing Egg Recipes for Any Time of Day
Crack open an egg and all sorts of magic can happen. The secret to these delicious sleights of hand is heat -- flash in the pan, low and slow, or somewhere in between. Gather your favorite spring ingredients, turn on a flame, and conjure a satisfying meal at any time of day.
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Parmesan Fried Eggs with Bitter Greens
Here’s a match made in insta-dinner heaven -- a simple fried egg cooked atop a salty, lacy Parmesan-cheese crisp. The how-to is almost too easy to be true: Sprinkle some grated cheese directly onto a hot nonstick skillet, wait for it to sizzle, crack an egg on top, and bon appétit. Serve with a baby-greens salad.
Potato-Crusted Herb Quiche
If you’re looking for a stunning new brunch centerpiece, we’ve got you. This herb-showered quiche comes with a scalloped (and gluten-free) potato crust. Use a mandoline for speedy slicing, and if you have leftover custardy filling, pour it over bread to fry up a savory French toast.
Soft Scrambled Eggs and Toasted-Rye Tartlets
Let’s start with scrambling the eggs: Take your time, and don’t be afraid of butter. Then pile them into tartlets made from supermarket rye bread that’s been flattened slightly, brushed with (more) butter, and baked. Serve with a toppings bar of crumbled bacon and radish sprouts.
Baked Eggs and Creamy Greens
Really, the only way to improve creamed greens is by adding an egg. For an elevated yet easy weekend breakfast, butter small ramekins and drop in cooked greens (spinach, chard, kale, you name it), a cracked egg, and a spoonful of cream -- plunk, plunk, plunk, down the line. Bake 12 minutes, and grab some utensils. To truly pay homage to this dish’s southern roots, serve it with buttermilk biscuits.
Poached Eggs with Yogurt and Spicy Butter
This is our take on the traditional Turkish breakfast called cilbir, which reaches back hundreds of years. And no wonder the dish has endured: It’s a luscious combination of a gently poached egg, garlicky Greek yogurt, and smoky-hot infused butter. (This recipe usually gets its heat from the Aleppo chile pepper, but we used cayenne and paprika.) Garnish with chive blossoms, and serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit.
Fried Omelet with Shrimp and Snap Peas
Fun for the whole family: Go to YouTube and search for “khai jiao,” which is the Thai name of this regional dish. As you’ll see, when you drop beaten eggs into hot oil, they instantly puff up like a life raft and become crispy, fluffy, and ready to eat in less than a minute. To make the recipe hearty enough for dinner, we added snap peas and shrimp to the batter, and served the dish with white rice, plus scallions and spicy chili sauce on top.
Peekaboo Avocado Toast
Bull’s-eye eggs, the classic childhood breakfast, meet avocado toast, the classic adult one. Cut out a round from a slice of bread. Place the holed-out bread (and the “hole”) in a buttered pan, drop in an egg, cover, and cook for a minute or two. The lightly mashed avocado adds fiber and good fats (how adult of you), as well as extra fuel for your day.
Egg Noodles with Asparagus and Grated Egg Yolks
Hard-cooked yolks take a bold springtime pasta over the top. Wide egg noodles are tossed with creamy marscapone, salty pecorino, crisp-tender asparagus, and lots of lemon zest. Grate the yolks directly over the top -- a basic box grater will do the trick.