F&W Best New Chef 2017 Jay Blackinton, of Hogstone’s Wood Oven on Orcas Island, Washington, takes just a few humble ingredients and turns them into a magical dish. Case in point: this “green” egg, which is soft-boiled and dusted in dried kale, then served on creamy arugula-laced goat cheese and surrounded by crispy grilled kale. It looks like a nest—and tastes like heaven.
This starter was inspired by the torta pascualina (Easter tart), an Italian spinach-and-hard-cooked-egg tart that’s popular in Argentina. Marcelo Betancourt serves poached eggs over sautéed spinach, with bacon-flecked bread crumbs standing in for the crust.
When making an Italian frittata, don’t limit yourself to traditional ingredients. The Asian flavors that fill this version offer a real change of pace. Cook the eggs on top of the stove or in the oven—but be sure to use moderate heat so they don’t turn rubbery.
This Georgian dish, called lobio (bean dish), is typically served cool, but with its buttery scrambled eggs and tender green beans, it’s equally delicious hot. It’s great as part of a family-style menu and also makes an unusually tasty, light main course.
Chef David Bouley serves eggs en cocotte with three purees—fennel, sunchoke and polenta—plus Comté foam. Home cooks can pair baked eggs with cheese polenta, evoking Bouley’s Comté foam with polenta puree.
Classic hollandaise sauce is prepared with butter, egg yolks and lemon juice. Here, Neal Fraser adds a red wine–and–port reduction to the rich sauce, which is delicious with the juicy tenderloin steak that accompanies the poached eggs.
Cookbook author Martha Hall Foose says that in the early 1960s, The Time Life Picture Cook Bookinspired Mississippi ladies to “go exotic” by adding ingredients like curry powder and orange zest to egg-salad tea sandwiches.
This is a delicious cross-cultural take on chicken soup. The angel hair pasta represents Italy; the soft-boiled egg and chile oil evoke Japan. The recipe is from Gerard Craft, an F&W Best New Chef 2008.
This elegant, crunchy salad includes vitamin-and-mineral-packed beets, turnips and fennel, plus protein-rich eggs. Barbara Lynch tosses the shaved vegetables with vinegar and olive oil until they’re slightly pickled.
The dill, fish sauce and scallions in this round omelet may seem like an overly bold combination of flavors, but the result is surprisingly delicious. It’s also adaptable: Eat it for breakfast or as a quick, light supper.
The combination of flavors here is pure genius. Tarragon is classic with both spinach and eggs, and a touch of sharp feta cheese accents the trio beautifully. Use these same ingredients to make superb omelets.
“In our house, stracciatella was a catch-all,” Tom Valenti says about this simple, rustic soup. “We started with good homemade stock and added whatever was around: beans, leftover sausage, shredded chicken.”
Instead of making shakshuka with red tomatoes, as is customary, Portland, Oregon, chef Jenn Louis opts to make hers with a mix of Malabar spinach and tomatillos, along with jalapeños, cilantro and spices. The result is a bright, tangy and spicy brunch dish that’s ideal with slabs of rich, toasty challah.
Chef Ed Kenney uses both white and brown rices in this terrific bacon-studded dish that he serves at his casual Honolulu spot, Kaimuki Superette. “In Hawaii, we call it hapa rice; it’s more interesting and flavorful than plain white rice,” he says. “In Hawaiian, hapa means ‘partial’ and is often used as a term of endearment to describe people of mixed ethnic backgrounds.”