Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baked Egg with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Happy Wednesday! 

Lately my Honey and I have been so busy, that we stopped cooking at home. Oh, I miss home made food, and on Sunday decided to make a yummy breakfast for the family. I thought that if I don't make time, I will never have time! My Honey ordered the baked egg with spinach, Feta cheese, and bacon. That sounded great - baked egg with bacon for him and without bacon for me since I don't eat meat. The dish took about 20 minutes to prepare, but was worth every second of my time. 

Shopping list for 2

2 tbs butter
2 cloves garlic
*1/3 cup Italian bacon (cut into tiny cubes) or applewood smocked bacon cut in small pieces. 
Noteif you want the vegetarian version, just skip the bacon!
4 oz organic baby spinach
1 English muffins, split in half, toasted
2 eggs
4oz crumbled Feta cheese
2 tbs heavy cream
salt and pepper

Always remember that in cooking, unlike baking, precision of ingredients' amounts are not set in stone. Feel free to improvise to fit your taste.

1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

2. Cook bacon and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp.
*If you are using the applewood smocked bacon, reserve the drippings. 
**Vegetarian version: just cook garlic in 1tbs butter. 

3. Add spinach to the pan, sprinkle with pepper, and toss over medium heat for about one minute. Transfer spinach to the strainer to drain.

4.Brush liberally two 1-cup ramekins with drippings or butter.

5. Toast the muffin halves and spread the butter on each side liberally. If you have drippings, brush each side with the drippings. Place the muffins in each ramekin half side up. 

6. Divide spinach in two halves and place on top of the muffins.

7. Bacon lovers, sprinkle bacon over spinach!

8. Add the feta cheese crumbs.

9. With a fork, shape a little well in the center and gently crack one egg into each well. 

10. Drizzle heavy cream over each egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for about 14-16 minutes so the whites would set but yolks would be runny.

This recipe is delicious whether you use bacon or not! My Honey loves the bacon version. He says that the bacon grease at the bottom gives the English muffin an amazing crunch and flavor. And I love the healthier vegetarian version. The classic combination of butter, egg, spinach, and feta cheese is delicious and very satisfying. Here's how the vegetarian version looked ~
xo, Zuma A.

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