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Nat'l Egg Month: Celebrating The Versatility Of Eggs

It is said that the 100 folds on a chef's toque represents the 100 ways he or she knows how to cook eggs. As eggs are indispensable in the kitchen, it is not surprising that the culinary world uses egg cooking as a measure of how learned a trained chef is. 

Some may be skeptical: aside from fried, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, and poached, how many more ways are there really to serve eggs on the table? The answer is, a lot. In fact, Auguste Escoffier published 143 egg recipes in his 1903 Guide Culinaire. Just imagine how this numbers could have further expanded throughout more than a century of experimentation in the age of culinary fusions and mashups!

This National Egg Month, take time to appreciate eggs and the numerous ways you can cook them. The simplicity or complexity of the dishes you can create all depends on how far you're willing to go.

Courtesy: No Recipes

Classic Ways To Cook Eggs

If you're in the mood for something simple but unusually special, it may be a great idea to try Egg Nests, which is somewhat a puffed up version of a sunny side up. The egg whites and egg yolks are separated. The egg whites are beaten until stiff peaks form. Grated Gruyere cheese is folded in. Mounds of the beaten egg whites are formed on baking sheets and popped in the oven. Half way through cooking, egg yolks are placed on top of each mound, and the egg nests are cooked for a while longer.

Egg Nests from Simply Recipes
1 egg separated

Egg Nests. Courtesy: Simply Recipes

Egg Brunch To Wake Up Your Palate

Eggs Benedict is a staple brunch item on the menu of many restaurants. It's yummy, gooey, satisfying... and a little bit heavy on the budget. You might be surprised to learn that making Eggs Ben right in your own home is actually not that difficult.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict from Damn Delicious
2 English muffins, split and toasted
4 slices smoked salmon
1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and sliced
2 poached eggs, for serving
For the hollandaise sauce:
3 large egg yolks
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict. Courtesy: Damn Delicious

Egg Dinner? Why Not!

Who says eggs are just for breakfast? There are tons of great dishes you can do with eggs to make spectacular dinner meals. Egg casseroles is one way to serve eggs at dinner. This recipe from The Perfect Pantry is a cheesy but healthy dish that will surely satisfy your family's palate as well as their nutritional needs. 

Broccoli, Mushroom, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Casserole From The Perfect Pantry
1 medium onion, diced
2 cups roughly chopped broccoli florets
1/2 cup roughly chopped mushrooms (any variety; I like cremini)
8 large eggs
2 Tbsp nonfat milk
7 oz shredded cheese (I use fat-free mozzarella)
1 Tbsp dried thyme leaf, or 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
Cooking spray

Broccoli, Mushroom, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Casserole. Courtesy: The Perfect Pantry

Eggciting Egg Cookies

Italians have their own cookie recipe that highlights egg yolks. Canestrelli is a flower-shaped melt-in-your mouth cookie that owe its rich flavors to butter, vanilla, lemon zest and egg yolk. Once baked, the cookies are sprinkled generously with icing sugar that makes the rich cookies powdery outside, but crumbly and buttery once you bite right into it. Perfect with a glass of milk! 

Canestrelli from Manu's Menu
200 gms – 7 oz. flour
100 gms – 3.5 oz. butter, softened and chopped
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
1 sachet vanillina (or ½ tsp vanilla extract)
1 egg yolk
80 gms – 2.8 oz. sugar
1 pinch salt
1 pinch baking powder
Icing sugar

Canestrelli. Courtesy: Manu's Menu 

Luscious & Creamy Egg Desserts 

With patience and the right technique, simple kitchen staples eggs, milk and sugar can be turned into mouth-watering and elegantly delicate desserts. A dessert that pairs custard with berries is raspberry creme brulee from Taste and Tell blog. The smoothness of the custard comes in contrast with the hard and crunchy torched sugar on top, while the raspberries offer a fresh and fruity burst of flavor in every bite.

Raspberry Creme Brulee. Courtesy: Taste and Tell Blog