Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Rainy Day Breakfast

Nothing like food that's not only delicious, but also adorable, to cheer you up on a gray morning.

Miniature Egg Souffles


2 eggs (preferably brown, organic, free-range), plus two additional egg shells (4 shells total)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup grated gryuere cheese
1/8 cup fresh grated parmesan, plus additional cheese for dusting
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon finely chopped leeks or scallions
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of fresh grated black pepper

Special tools: egg stands, or build your own eggs stands out of aluminum foil.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sit egg stands inside the cups of a muffin pan, to prevent spillage.

Gently tap small end of each egg against countertop; chip away shell one-quarter of the way down. Pour two of the four eggs into medium mixing bowl; reserve other two eggs for another use. Gently rinse out egg shells and shake dry.

Lightly spritz inside of egg with olive oil and dust with finely grated parmesan. Tap out any extra cheese. Set shells on egg stands.

Mix 2 eggs and all remaining ingredients in mixing bowl with electric mixer until light and thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes.

Pour mixture into shells, as full as they go. Carefully place muffin tin in oven on middle rack. Bake 20-25 minutes without opening oven door (souffle will fall), until mixture has doubled in size and has just begun to brown on top. Garnish with sea salt and herb of choice and serve immeidately with fresh bacon.

Today's WikiLesson: The Chicken or the Egg?


Lex said...

I just have one word: BACON!

And the eggs are cute too. :)
Love you!

Mimi said...

What a cute idea. I'm not sure how many over committed working people will go the trouble, but what a shame...it makes me smile. Nice job!

abby j said...

Cute! I'm tempted to try these... but out here in the midwest we eat our eggs--and pretty much everything else--by the half-dozen (see: obesity statistics). Also, will you take some pictures of your kitchen? I am way curious to see how you accomplish these things given what I know about NYC apartments and my own propensity to lose steam as soon as I set foot in my "one-butt" kitchen. Your macaroons, however, are on my to-do list!

connie said...

haha! very cute