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Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Eagle's Nest

Every so often I have the time to make a killer breakfast. 
This was one of those times. 
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I'd like to introduce you to my newest [and perhaps most deelicious] breakfast creation. 
The Eagle's Nest. 
Why the need for such a title? 
It's that epic. 
period.
{annnnnd to state the obvious it's an egg...sitting atop a "nest."}

The Eagle's Nest
{poached egg, sliced deli ham, potato-parmesan-zucchini cakes}
serves 2 {2 cakes each}
zucchini-parmesan pancake inspiration from Everyday Food 
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 russet potato, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 6 eggs [2 for cakes & 4 for poaching]
  • 2 tbsp parsley 
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest / 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • vegetable oil, for frying 
  • 4 slices of deli ham
  1. begin by shredding your vegetables. you can use either a box grater or a mandolin, but you want thin zucchini and potato strips. put shredded veggies in a paper towel or clean kitchen towel and squeeze well to remove excess moisture. 
  2. then in a small bowl beat 2 eggs. add flour, red pepper flakes, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt & pepper, and lemon juice & zest. whisk together until well blended. 
  3. in a large mixing bowl combine shredded veggies and egg mixture.  
  4. meanwhile in a small sauce pan bring water to boil for poaching your eggs. not sure how to poach an egg? check out this fabulous tutorial by the smitten kitchen. 
  5. in a large frying pan heat 1/4 of an inch of vegetable oil to about 350 degrees [or until it spatters & sizzles slightly when flicked with water...careful!]
  6. form palm-sized cakes with the potato-zucchini egg mixture. squeeze out any excess moisture back into bowl before placing into the frying pan. cook about 2-3 minutes per side and then move and let drain on a paper towel. [after first flip, squish the cake down with your spatula]
  7. to build your nest; layer a zucchini cake, then sliced ham, then poached egg. top with salt & pepper. {and then get ready to do a happy dance...yeah, ya heard me!}



Top 3 reasons this breakfast dish is outrageously good. 
#1. THE POTATO-PARMESAN-ZUCCHINI CAKES!!
Oh. Em. Gee. 
These things are good by themselves. In fact, don't be surprised if you see them pop up in other recipes in the future. They're crunchy yet light and zesty thanks to the lemon. 
These cakes are the perfect foundation for this 4 star breakfast.
#2. Poached egg goodness. 
Having a poached egg on top and breaking that yolk is like diving through the first wave of summer. 
Ok, maybe I'm taking this too far [stop judging]...but seriously. The yolk is magic. 
It creates this heavenly sauce that pours over the rest of the "nest." 
#3. The deli ham is the perfect in-between-guy. 
It's just enough of a salty-savory layer but yet it doesn't upstage any of its neighboring counterparts. 
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yeah...
this breakfast rocks
THE END.

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1 Comments:

At June 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM , Anonymous Franziska said...

I had to pin this - it looks delicious! Can't wait to try it out :)

 

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