Friday, March 4, 2011

Put an egg in/on it!

Some of you may have noticed that a lot of my recent food posts I've done include eggs.  It's not an accident.  Considering I have a pretty reliable supply of eggs, I'm always looking for new ways to use them.  There are only so many egg-salad sandwiches one can eat.  I'm not complaining, egg-salad is awesome, and I have yet to get sick of any egg dishes.  I just need to keep varying recipes so that they always stay new and exciting.  And of course, I make sure I thank my ladies everyday for their hard work. 

Yesterday, I was thinking about what to make for dinner and asked this trusty foul-mouthed website.  Now some people may not find this funny, but it makes me chuckle (or even laugh out loud) and they actually have links to great recipes.  Anyway, it led me to a pizza recipe with eggs cracked onto them before baking.  What a great idea, I thought, and proceeded to take the idea and run with it.

I first started with the dough.  I used a pretty simple recipe:

2 cups flour
1 packet yeast
1 cup warm water (maybe a fraction less)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoons olive oil
a pinch of salt

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let stand for 10 minutes.  Then add olive oil, honey, and salt.  Mix in the flour really well, and let stand for an hour in a warm place to rise.  After it has grown to twice its size, roll it out into whatever shape you'd like for your pizza.  I chose a random blobular shape that would fit onto the sheet I was using.  Make sure you dust the pizza pan with corn meal before you put the dough in it.

I then spread a thin layer of a roasted tomato and olive pasta sauce on the dough and covered that in fresh baby spinach leaves.  I sprinkled this with about 1 teaspoon of thyme and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg.  I then grated about 2 cups of cheese, (a mixture of colby jack, medium chedder, and farmer cheese) and spread it evenly over that.  Then I cracked two smaller Frannie eggs over the top and put it into a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

It was really good.
Another everyday thing that I always add eggs to is oatmeal.  Yep, when I know I'm going to have a busy day, I'll take a 1/2 cup of oatmeal, mix it with 2/3 cup or so of water, crack an egg in it, mix it up and microwave it, mixing every minute to 45 seconds, until it's cooked.  It definitely changes the consistency of the oatmeal, but it gives it a heartier flavor.  I sometimes mix in a little butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup or brown sugar.  Delicious.  And it keeps you fuller for longer.  This is what I usually eat before my triathlons.

Wondering what you can do to spice up that dish?  Crack an egg on/in it!  Well maybe...

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