The humble egg dresses up

30 Sep

I reckon the humble egg is possibly the most versatile food I have come across. By itself, it could be scrambled, fried, poached, hard-boiled, soft-boiled. It could be a french omelette, spanish omelette, chinese omelette. Eggs are used to make mayo, hollandaise sauce, cakes, pancakes, waffles, meringues, cookies, fresh pasta, noodles… and the list goes on. I found this amazing recipe on http://www.latartinegourmande.com/ (one of my favorite flogs ever!) and modified it a little to make this delightful breakfast.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 4 white button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 orange capsicum
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 yellow capsicum
  • 1/2 punnet of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 spanish onion diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1tbsp thyme leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cream cheese for spreading on muffin
  • 2 prosciutto slices / smoked salmon slices
  • 2 halves of an English muffin
  • Fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. First, we start with preparing the vegetables.
  2. Preheat the oven at 200 degree celsius.
  3. Place the capsicums on a baking tray and drizzle with some olive oil and place in the oven for about 20 minutes till their skins start to blister.
  4. Boil some water in a saucepan and put the cherry tomatoes in for a minutes, then place under cold running water and remove their skins (this brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.)
  5. Cut the tomatoes into half and place aside.
  6. Remove the capsicums from the oven and peel off their skins.
  7. Slice the capsicums into thin strips, remove seeds and put aside.
  8. Heat up a small saucepan add add some olive oil to it.
  9. Add the diced onions and minced garlic and sautée till fragrant
  10. Add the tomato paste and sugar, coating the onions and garlic in it.
  11. Add the diced zucchinis and sliced mushrooms and sautée for 5 mins. You can add a tbsp of water to the saucepan if it starts to burn a little because of the sugar.
  12. Add the sliced capsiums, tomatoes and thyme leaves.
  13. In a separate frying pan, fry up the eggs (sunny side up with yolks runny).
  14. Place English muffins in the toaster / grill and spread cream cheese on the muffins.
  15. To assemble, spoon the vegetable mixture on top of the muffins, gently place the egg on top of the vegetable mixture.
  16. Wrap the prosciutto / smoked salmon around the egg ensemble and season with cracked pepper and salt.
  17. Garnish with chopped parsley.
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