|Tabasco comes in a size and strength to suit everyone!|
When I was younger eggs were not my favourite food, in fact following a rather unfortunate accident with a rotten bird’s egg I hated them! For years I wouldn’t touch an egg in any form but time heals and makes the brain forget and gradually I got back into eating eggs for breakfast and brunch.
I still can’t stand any runny yellow yolk in my eggs but two of the recipes I have grown to love are listed below along with a little bit of Tabasco sauce to help them grow up into more adult meals.
I have been challenged by Tabasco sauces to give my breakfast/brunch egg dishes a bit of a perk up and hopefully you will reach for the Tabasco sauce next time you fancy ‘going to work on an egg’.
I was a Girl Scout (Girl Guide in the UK) and on our annual camping trip and due to lack of cooking methods we would use a frying pan over a small camping stove to cook the egg and the toast at the same time. I made this over the years for my children and we called it ‘A Camping Egg’ and I am sure other people have different names for it.
· Basically heat up your frying pan and add only a little butter.
· Using a small circular or heart shape cookie cutter cut the middle out of a slice of bread.
· Spread some butter on the whole piece of bread (temporarily put the circle back into the middle of the slice).
· Place the bread, butter side down in the frying pan (without the middle circle) and place the middle circle alongside it also butter side down.
· Crack a medium egg into the middle circle of the slice of bread and cook until the yolk is cooked to your liking. I personally like it very well cooked.
· Add a splash of Tabasco sauce (my current favourite is the Smoke Chipotle)
· Turn over the bread with the egg in the middle and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes.
· Serve on a place and place the cut out circle of bread back in place!
A second recipe that I like to do, especially if I have weekend guests, is to
· Preheat the oven and lightly spray the insides of a 6 or 12 cup muffin pan.
· Place one or two slices of streaky bacon (smoked is particularly nice) in each muffin well.
· Put a spoonful of wilted and seasoned spinach into each muffin well on top of the bacon.
· Crack an egg on top of the spinach, lightly season and add a drop or two of your favourite Tabasco sauce on top.
· Cover the tops with the overhanging bacon slices and bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes (again depending on how runny you like the yolk of your egg)
· Carefully place two or three egg ‘muffins’ on each plate and garnish with a slice of tomato on the side. (you could also sprinkle a drop or two of the same Tabasco sauce you used on the eggs if you like).
· If you like you can drizzle some hollandaise sauce, Greek yoghurt or a tahini sauce over the eggs just before serving.
Basically adding Tabasco sauce to any of your favourite egg recipes will give them a really grown up flavour.
I received a selection of Tabasco sauces but did not receive any payment to write this post. All recipes, opinions and photographs are my own.