Eggs are amazing. They’re yummy, cheap, filling and unbelievably versatile. You could crack one of those babies into almost anything and the result is guaranteed to be amazing. When it comes to the culinary world and restaurant menus, eggs are surprisingly under-appreciated and often fluctuate in and out of fashion. Here are 5 classic egg dishes you can make at home without being a genius in the kitchen. And oh! They’d easily make your day.
1. Eggs in white Sauce
Eggs in white sauce is one of those recipes that are simple to execute, yet impress everyone on the table. Introduced to us by the British, though the French claim credit for the silky white sauce, this dish is a personal Sunday tradition for me. All you need is well toasted whole wheat bread and some blazing Tabasco sauce to give it an edge. While some may also suggest a doze of English mustard instead of the Tabasco, I’d recommend a splash of bengali Kashundi. It makes all the difference.
Below is a Youtube tutorial on how to make the white sauce!
2. Stuffed Omelette
Now there is barely anyone who would disagree on this with me. A well stuffed fluffy omelette with a couple of warm buttered toasts is one of the most loved breakfasts all over the globe. The best part about this, is that you can stuff almost anything under the sun into an omelette and it still tastes amazing! Left over meat, sauteed mushrooms, buttered corn, cut up sausages, or the classic masala (tomatoes, onions, coriander and green chillies)…everything tastes amazing when put between layers of fluffy protein. My personal favorite is crispy bacon and pork salamis sauteed in pasta sauce with chunky onions and garlic.Once you try this, you’ll never go back to the plain old version
3. Perfectly fried egg
Oh the light cracking of an egg against the pan before it is dropped into a shallow pool of golden oil, its sizzle filling the room… is there any better than a perfectly fried egg? I think not. Everyone has a different definition of ‘perfect’ when it comes to food, and so do I.
Keep two cracked and ready in a bowl while you heat a wok with three to four table spoons of oil in it. Once the oil starts shimmering, reduce the heat to a slow and gently pour the eggs in. The eggs immediately fluff up almost covering the yolk, which is a good thing. Let the eggs cook for half a minute before basting the eggs with the hot oil to achieve perfection. Once the outer line of the eggs turns a faint golden and a little crisp, carefully drain it out of the wok while making sure you don’t break the concealed yolk. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper and cut into the yolk with a fork or knife to witness the fried egg in its complete glory.
Now while this fried egg is heavenly just by itself, there are a fair number of condiments that add to the experience. You can add mushrooms and broccoli, a lightly tossed salad, some cold cut ham or even burnt garlic and chilly oil to take it up a notch. One of my favorites is grilled cottage cheese with tempura battered lady fingers! I guess that’s the best part about this, you can give it your own twist to suit your definition of perfect.
4. Bengali ghee bhaat with deem.
Ghee= clarified butter, bhaat= rice and deem= egg. This is a dish full of memories and nostalgia for every bengali. It is equal parts comfort mixed with pleasure. One of the simplest dishes ever, all you need for this, is a bowl of freshly cooked steamed rice, an egg (boiled, fried or poached) and a generous dollop of ghee. It is the answer to every lazy Sunday lunch and grocery crisis. While this dish is perfectly amazing in it’s original form, I sometimes like adding fresh herbs in my rice, also substituting the ghee with salted butter.
5. Tomato Egg Curry
Like I mentioned earlier, eggs are extremely versatile. They fit equally well in a French brunch as they would in a pot of spicy Indian curry. Hard boiled traditionally, these balls of protein give the overall balanced experience of flavor and texture. The curry, on the other hand, can be tomato based, onion based, north Indian, south Indian or even Thai!
Care to share some of your favorite egg dishes with me? Leave a comment ! 🙂
(Feature Image Courtesy: Pintrest, Women’s health Magazine)