Eggs Two Days! Two Ways!
I made my wife Alex some baked eggs for breakfast one Saturday, and she asked me what I was going to do with the rest of the eggs in the carton…which is how we came up with the concept I am sharing with you now:
Day one was a baked egg dish, which I hav made many times and we love it, because it’s not only delicious, but it’s from a cookbook written by a good friend!
Barbara Passino owned one of the most romantic Inns in Napa Valley, and she also published this great cookbook that celebrates chocolate any time of day!
Time to make one of her most iconic breakfasts!
Baked Eggs With Chocolate Tacos!
Yes, this is a delicious way to begin a day!
First, we will make our Chocolate Tacos:
Here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbl. cocoa powder
2 egg whites
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup skim milk
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Combine the ingredients, and don’t forget to set aside those two egg yolks for later…
These will be added to the baked eggs…now, mix all of the ingredients together until you have. smooth batter…
After blending for about two minutes….pour into a container and set aside to use later.
Now, let’s make some Baked Eggs!
Time To Bake Some Eggs!
The Chocolate Taco will be made in a moment, but now, it’s time to get the baked eggs in the oven!
Here are ingredients:
butter for greasing your ramekins
1 tbl. cream
pinch of thyme, oregano, paprika
4 tbl. grated cheese: parmesan, cheddar
sausage or chicken sausage if you want to take this up a notch
First, turn on your oven to 375 degrees, then rub some butter inside your baking dishes and add a splash of heavy cream, then I chopped up chicken sausage and put some on the bottom of both ramekins as well:
This is totally your choice…you can also add spinach here as well…basically, there are endless variation on what to add to this dish!
Crack an egg in each – and then take those extra yolks and add one to each dish as well…
Sprinkle some parmesan cheese on each – then add thyme and park as well…
Time For A “Water Bath!”
This is called a “Bain Marie”; put the ramekins in an oven-ready dish and fill it half full of warm water, which creates a water bath for the eggs to cook in…then put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes and they are done!
While the Eggs bake in the oven, chop your Strawberries next to a rolling pin and let’s make our Chocolate Tacos!
Pour a quarter cup of the batter into a medium hot pan and swirl it around to create a six inch circle…
After cooking until the edges begin to look dry – only 2-3 minutes, loosen the edges with a spatula and flip it over for a minute…here’s how it went, oh and I am sharing this even though I look like a bit of an idiot:
Now is the fun part, making a Chocolate Taco using a rolling pin!
This was the best “cheat” I learned: the Chocolate Taco cools in the rounded shape of the bat, making it easy to hold the Strawberries!
The baked eggs come out of the oven looking delicious…Barbara gives them a minute under the broiler to make them crispy on top, and then it’s time to dig in!
These are so easy to make, and now it’s just a matter of stuffing the Chocolate Taco, and plating the two dishes to serve:
This isn’t a hard dish to make at all, but it does present well, and it’s a fun dish for Valentine’s Day, birthday celebrations, or just a nice weekend to say “I love you!”
Thanks to Barbara for her incredible cookbook, which you can buy on Amazon…it’s filled with delicious ways to incorporate Chocolate into your life!
For day two of my “Eggs Two Ways, Two Days” effort, I wanted to utilize some leftover steak, along with those eggs and the usual suspects: fresh garlic, spinach, spices – the goal was to make a nice “egg cake” – a golden brown Frittata…
Let’s get cooking!
As I said, I had some leftover smoked skirt steak, which I decided to dice up and add to this recipe, but you can use sausage, bacon, or no meat at all if you choose!
Once I assembled my ingredients it was time to start putting them all together. I started with chopped garlic in olive oil, with a nice sprinkling of flaked Maldon Sea Salt and pepper.
I give them five minutes or so to get to know the oil before I add anything else.
Measure Based On Your Taste Buds!
“Teaspoons, tablespoons, how much do I use?”
You aren’t going to an answer here…use what and how much you like!
I added smoked paprika, thyme and oregano to the garlic, then I added my chopped spinach – I choppedit up so that it mixes in throughout the dish a bit better than the whole leaves do when they cook…
After I added the spinach, I threw in the leftover meat – I kept it in nice sized chunks rather than dice it too fine – but that’s a personal preference…I could also have shaved it as well.
You could bake it like this and let those egg yolks pop up in some of the slices afterwards, but I chose to mix them all together instead…
I cooked it on the stove this way for five minutes or so, allowing the bottom to firm up before baking.
Then i was time to put the entire thing in the oven to finish, and since I’m a fan of cherry tomatoes, I cut those in half and sprinkled them across the top – you can do the same with larger sliced tomatoes as well…and because I was doing the “Whole 30” program, I couldn’t add cheese, but this all but cries out for parmesan or mozzarella cheese to be sprinkled on top as well…
I baked the “Egg pie” for around 12-15 minutes…I shake the pan every few minutes to see if the middle of the dish has set…those eggs let you know when they are still runny…
Once you take it out of the oven, you can “flip” it onto a plate and it will look like a potato cake, like this, but here is what it looks like right out of the oven as well, ready to slice and eat. I used the fresh parsley as a garnish on top…
I got Alex’s seal of approval on it, and just as she posted the first effort on Instagram, so too did she share the Frittata:
I do love eggs, so of course I made a wildly creative egg dish – using potato chips!
In fact, it was so unique I had to make it twice to see if I was doing it right!
Click here for a tale of potato chip eggs two times!
And speaking of egg dishes, I also posted a “dinner and a movie” that included the “Moonstruck” eggs made famous by Cher!
Yes, some call this a “toad in a hole” but whatever you call it, Cher loved it and you can see the recipe here:
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This looks so delicious, John.
Thank you Robbie! Hope all is well!
great use of the eggs and I especially love the baked eggs and chocolate taco pairing!
Thanks Beth – that’s a delicious dish to be sure!
We Brits call the egg in a hole a “One-eyed Sandwich”…both egg dishes look delicious, John 🙂
Thanks for that Carol!
It all looks very tasty, John. But are you sure you used enough garlic cloves? 🙂 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
HA! It’s my “crack! Thanks for the comment Pete!