Eggs are the perfect complement to any meal. They contain untold amounts of nutrients, fill you up quickly, satisfy all taste buds, and make food moister and more palatable. If you add creativity and think outside the box, you will find that eggs are also quite sophisticated and easy to work with. Here are 6 egg recipes that you may have never tried, but will definitely have to.
1. Mac and Cheese Scotch Eggs
Recipe from: iamafoodblog.com
The history of Scotch eggs is interesting, to say the least. You can conduct a quick search and find a variety of origins attributed to this recipe. The gist is the same: a whole egg wrapped in a wall of sausage meat, then dipped in flour and fried or baked to juicy, meaty, crunchy perfection. The egg comes out however way you want it, depending on your temperature cooking it. It is portable, satisfying, low in calories, and super easy to eat.
Scotch eggs are decadent enough, but along came someone to make everything even more indulgent. This version of the Scotch egg holds the same principle: protecting a whole egg inside a wall of something, and then add a crunchy crust to the surface. This time, however, the genius behind this creation made the “wall,” that originally was meant to be sausage, into creamy macaroni and cheese. To summarize: This is a snack that, on the outside, looks like a big, crunchy ball that, upon biting, betrays a delicious, compact wall of mac and cheese and, in its depths, lurks a perfectly cooked egg.
2. Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)
Recipe from: foodnetwork.com
This famous Spanish dish has nothing to do with Mexican tortillas. The word “tortilla” in European Spanish refers to omelets. The specific omelet that is the Tortilla Española is thick, and can be eaten cold or warm. Get nearly equal portions of thinly peeled (or chopped) white potatoes and eggs (ideally 9 eggs if you have 7 large potatoes) and add whatever you want, from chorizo, to cheese, mushrooms, or spinach to the mix. The end product looks like an egg pie, where the eggs, potatoes and everything in between is perfectly cooked and bound together. It is a cheap meal that feeds many and will fill them up for a long while.
3. Kimchi Omelette
Recipe from: steamykitchen.com
Perfect for those who love multiple flavors in one same dish, this meal brings sour, savory and umami together in a perfect blend of eggs and crunchy veggies. Rice wine (mirin), salt, and pepper are all the ingredients needed to combine delicious pre-made kimchi with cucumbers, green onions and egg goodness. This is a great, fresh take on a breakfast favorite that is sure to indulge your taste buds.
4. Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka
Recipe from: food52.com
This version of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s original, published in the Israeli recipe book, Jerusalem (TenSpeed Press, 2012) offers a less acidic version of harissa sauce that balances perfectly well with cooked eggs on top. A thick, yogurt-based tomato sauce thickens up to work as a perfect pillow for the eggs. Excellent choice for an exotic take on any meal.
5. Pizza with a Sunny-Side-Up Egg Herb Garden Pesto
Recipe from: marthastewart.com
You will never order out again, especially with this version by the queen, Martha Stewart. This is a homemade pizza made with tons of love and special ingredients that you can easily imitate. The original calls for pesto sauce, which is easy to find pre-made, scallions, eggs and a whole wheat crust. In this case, you do not cook the eggs first; you crack them right there, and let them cook along with the cheese and other ingredients. The results will make you question what kept you from eating an egg pizza before.
6. Baked Eggs Avocado
Recipe from: whiteonricecouple.com
This recipe was all the rage when it first came out and, today, it continues to charm us with its delicate flavor and ways to mix it up. Scoop out the seed of an avocado, and let the egg rest in the concave shape that remains. Bake until cooked. Avocadoes are mega versatile and taste great with mashed up eggs. Add bacon bits and you will have a match made in heaven.
Eggs are not just for breakfast, and not just to be cracked open and cooked. Experience a culinary myriad of different dishes and flavors that can only exist thanks to the amazing egg.