Of all the savory breakfasts in my book Dining In, this one is deﬁnitely the heartiest and most time consuming. Even so, it’s still a basic one-skillet deal. It’s also the one dish I am most likely to eat for lunch or dinner, with or without eggs, because I ﬁnd chickpeas simmered with dried chorizo and fresh tomatoes to be one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Like a hard cheese, cured yolks can quickly add savory depth and complexity to a wide range of foods—soups, salads, pastas, and even meats.
A highlight at the Adjarian Wine House is this open-faced cheese bread, with its bright yellow egg yolk at the centre, the most iconic dish from the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. Adjarian (or Adjaran) khachapuri is a favourite throughout Georgia, and involves participation from the diners who stir the egg into the hot cheese to ﬁnish its cooking. The edges of this khachapuri are quite thick. The diner breaks off a chunk by hand and dips it into the eggy cheese. I like the version where the dough edges are enriched with grated cheese before baking.
The perfect fried egg sandwich means different things to different people. Find just the right one and you are guaranteed bliss for many mornings (or late nights!) to come. For me, a lot has to do with the layering strategy (a well-thought-out stack can help keep layers from sliding out the side of the sandwich!), as well as how the eggs are cooked (I like mine fried with edges slightly crispy, and yolk just runny enough to coat everything when you take a bite, without getting lost to the plate). Another equally important factor is the inclusion of a little acidic tang to play off the fat of the egg yolk and cheese. My answer to this is mustard and pickles. I discovered these unconventional additions when I was in college in Montreal, and often frequented a burger joint called La Paryse. My favorite dish on the menu was the egg sandwich with pickles. Now, when I wake up a little rough around the edges and need a substantial meal to start the day, this is it.
Eggs are the poster child for sous vide cooking: The technique produces eggs with unique texture, and the method is hands-off and easily scalable.
Scotch eggs are pub snacks. Cut in half, fresh from the fryer, egg yolk gently relenting, they are beautiful.
I learned to make these eggy disks not long after moving to Italy because I loved eating them. Though called frittata in Italy, they bear little resemblance to any of the thick frittatas often served for brunch in the States. It’s basically a very thin, herb-packed omelet that is cooked like a pancake—sizzled on one side until a golden crust forms, cooked over low heat until the top sets, then flipped with a wide spatula and browned on the other side.
This recipe is easiest to do when using a sous vide device -- either a self-contained insulated box called a water oven or a stick-style water circulator along with a pot of your choice. You can also follow our instructions below for using a small (8- to 12-quart) cooler and a digital thermometer. We’ve tested this recipe using both gram measurements and traditional U.S. volume and weight measurements, so you can pick the one that works best for you. This recipe safely achieves pasteurization (144 degrees Fahrenheit/62.2 degrees Celsius for at least 6 minutes) and then continues to heat the yolks to create a sauce with the ideal texture. Store-bought, in-shell, pasteurized eggs can also be used without any changes to the recipe. The cooking time depends on the number of yolks, so this recipe cannot be scaled up or down without making adjustments. Don’t discard the whites—save them to make angel food cake or meringue cookies or freeze them for later. This sauce can be refrigerated for up to one week.
Who doesn’t love a deviled egg?
As Cantonese carry-outs have disappeared, this historic Chinese-American recipe has become something of an endangered culinary species — someday, you may have no choice but to make it yourself.