10 Classic Egg Dishes
Unless you're hiding under a rock, you've probably realized that Easter is rapidly descending upon us. While we learned yesterday that eggs are so much more than a breakfast food, today we reminisce about all the classic food made with our yolk-sy friends. Did your favorite 'crack' the list?
1) Deviled Eggs
Oh, how ironic that Satan should come up in a list that is resurrected for a Christian holiday, but nonetheless, these tasty treats are sinfully delicious (but only if our mom makes them).
2) Eggs Benedict
Perhaps you're not a big believer in this dish, but if you've ever had the gusto to try Julia Child's recipe for Hollandaise sauce, you'll be converted quickly. Baptizing yourself with the buttery, rich and tangy awesomesauce is so worth the nerve-wracking effort and the first step to truly discovering your inner glutton. Pair with a poached egg atop a thick slice of Canadian Bacon atop a classic English muffin, and transport yourself to heaven.
The Italian answer to the French omelette, this is usually a combination of starches, vegetables or proteins set within a panful of eggs. Most recipes call for finishing the dish in the oven, which helps to cook the inside evenly. Easy for breakfast, brunch, dinner or otherwise, a fritatta is a nice alternative and nearly-foolproof version of the omelette.
Very similar in taste, texture and preparation to a meringue, the Pavlova is a traditional Kiwi dessert (from New Zealand, in case you didn't catch that). It is normally decorated with fruit and whipped cream.
5) Croque Madame
Yet another contender from the French, this version of the original sandwich called a Croque Monsieur adds the theme ingredient of this list as the differentiator. A rich, gooey, open-faced sandwich, the Madame is one heck of an indulgence. Most recipes call for Gruyère cheese, bechamel, ham, thick buttered bread and, when you make it a Madame. eggs.
6) Egg Salad
Love it or hate it, it's truly an American dish. Chopped boiled eggs combined with mayonnaise and other accompaniments like pickle relish, mustard, salt and pepper and piled in between some toasted sliced bread is the most commonly found variation. Another classic thing about this egg dish: kids stuck with this sometimes-stinky sandwich have been and always will be slightly embarrassed as they unpack their lunch bags in the company of their mocking peers.
This fluffy, Sunday morning treat also comes from our culinary powerhouse friends across the pond in lovely, conceited France. Some secrets we've uncovered to making them super-fluffy: whip the egg whites separately from the yolks and fold in before cooking, add a small amount of water to the eggs as you mix, or finish the omelet under a broiler.
8) Custard Pies
9) Huevos Rancheros
Normally, this hangover cure can be found in dives serving fried eggs topped with a home-style Ranchero sauce and served with tortillas and other Mexican sides like fried potatoes, rice and beans. It can get pretty spicy, depending on the recipe, but it'll help you sweat out the previous evening's transgressions and treat your tastebuds to a South-of-the-border adventure.
10) Egg in the Hole (and many, many other names)
Who knew such a simple dish had so many names? Basically a way to toast your bread and cook your eggs at the same time, this childhood favorite has been known as: egg in the basket, one-eyed Jack, bird's nest, moon over Miami, frog in the hole and bull's eye, to name a few.