In the Kitchen the Egg Comes First

 “The way you make an omelet reveals your character.”― Anthony Bourdain

                                     quail eggs

Since I started cooking eggs were a frequent starting point in the kitchen-from Caesar dressing to Hollandaise. Whether you’re baking or cooking breakfast, unless you’re cooking a vegan dish eggs often play a major role. A hard-boiled egg can be the perfect snack or a fried egg can be a great addition to almost any dish. I’ve always enjoyed the simplicity of cooking and sustainably of sourcing eggs.

Over the years I’ve had many friends begin the endeavor of raising their own chickens and have reaped the benefits ten-fold. I’ve also recently begun cooking with local quail eggs courtesy of ALBE Farm that have a wonderful flavor! Eggs are something of a staple in any kitchen so I why not support your local farmer? I was able to locate these through a local Coop, but often eggs can be easily bought at your local farmer’s market.

So what do you do with all these eggs? Obviously you can fry them, boil them or even pickle them for a delicious snack. I’ve started trying to incorporate them into recipes that perhaps they haven’t become a staple in yet. The first I would like to share is a pizza recipe that I created one night for a simple dinner with friends. Eggs on a pizza may seem a little strange at first, but a few baked right on top add a whole new  level of flavor.

If you’re looking to add a little something extra look to what comes first, the egg.

Linguini  a la uova di quaglia 

pasta eggs

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of linguini
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup diced pancetta
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Chicken breasts
  • 8 quail eggs
  • 1/8 cup Fontina cheese
  • 2 tsp dried Tarragon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Black pepper

Directions

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper and Tarragon
  2. Oil a large pan and cook for 10-15 minutes covered
  3. Fill a pot with water and add 1 tbsp olive oil and pinch of salt
  4. In a small pan sautee roasted red peppers, pancetta and tomatoes
  5. Roll basil and chop finely
  6. Strain pasta and put back in the pot
  7. Fold sautee mix into the noodles
  8. Use the small sautee pan to fry the eggs over very low heat
  9. Plate in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and grated fontina

Salute!

 Smoked Gouda Pie

Pizza

Ingredients

For pizza Dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2cup lukewarm water

Directions

  1.  In a medium bowl dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water
  2. Let mixture stand for about 10 minutes
  3. Stir in flour, salt and oil and beat until smooth
  4. Let rest for 5 minutes
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface or roll into a round or if your brave enough curl your knuckles up and toss away!

For the Pizza

  • 1/8 cup of pesto
  • 1/4 julienne red onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1 julienne green bell pepper
  • 2 or 3 eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spread pesto on circle dough
  3. Sprinkle cheese and peppers evenly
  4. crack eggs on top
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on thickness of dough

Enjoy!

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