It’s honestly pretty tough to come up with a food that wouldn’t be improved by the addition of a golden egg yolk. Once you break the sphere open with your fork, the runny egg adds a welcome richness to even virtuous dishes like salads and quinoa bowls, with the added nutritional benefit of protein.
Americans may be used to seeing eggs atop piles of hash or crowning an English muffin to make a Benedict, but they can bring an extra level of deliciousness to plenty of foods – here are 10 egg-topped dishes that everyone should try.
Try your burgers the Aussie way: with a fried egg on top of the patty.
Creative burger toppings are nothing new these days, but the Australian twist on the classic patty-cheese-bun combo has time on its side, first arriving on the scene back in the 1960s. The Aussie burger‘s longevity is well-deserved due to its key ingredient: a fried egg.
Also known as a “Burger With The Lot,” Aussie burgers start with a grilled beef patty on a grilled bun. Next, you add pickled beets, grilled pineapple, chilli mayo, lettuce and tomato, and a perfectly fried egg. When you take a bite, the yolk combines with the tang of the beets, the sweetness of the pineapple, and the spice of the mayo for a flavour blast unlike any other.
Scrambled eggs fit perfectly inside taco shells.
A morning specialty throughout the Lone Star State (but particularly in San Antonio and Austin), breakfast tacos combine the handheld delights of your typical taco with the protein benefits (and taste benefits) of scrambled eggs.To make one, heat a flour tortilla (and yes, the tortilla must be flour) on a griddle, then fill it with fluffy scrambled eggs (with optional mix-ins like chorizo, peppers, and onions), add a sprinkle of cheese, and drizzle with salsa.
Pizza somehow becomes even more wonderful when it has an egg on top.
Everyone’s favourite late-night bite can easily make the transition to breakfast fare; all you need to do is top your pizza with an egg. Fried and poached eggs are the most popular styles for breakfast pizza, with good reason – maximum yolk-running is the goal here. Let your creativity run wild; pesto-and-egg pizza, spring-greens-and-egg pizza, bacon-egg-and-cheese pizza, all excellent.
Risotto’s creamy texture gets a boost from an added egg.
Renowned for its smooth and silky feel (and for causing the demise of many a “Top Chef” contestant), risotto is a luxurious meal that’s easy to customise and difficult to perfect. But one way to increase your odds of making a great pot of risotto involves topping the finished product with a poached egg.
The yolk flows into the tender, broth-saturated arborio rice, adding richness and flavour dimension. Throw in some seasonal veggies and Pecorino cheese, and you’ve got a dish that even tough critics would applaud.
A French “peasant dish” with tons of flavour and even more heart, ratatouille becomes a full-fledged entree when topped with a fried egg.
One of the most famous vegetarian-friendly dishes made in France, ratatouille is a comforting dish including eggplant, root veggies, fresh herbs, and olive oil. It’s incredibly flavorful, but if you want to add some protein to round the dish out, a fried egg serves that purpose perfectly.
A fried egg transforms a “croque-monsieur” into a “croque-madame”.
The French know that an egg makes everything better, including their famous grilled ham and cheese sandwich, the croque-monsieur. When a chef decides to put things over the top by sliding a fried egg atop the freshly griddled sandwich, it becomes the ideal hangover cure, also known as the croque-madame.
You can make your own egg drop soup in just 15 minutes.
Originating in China,egg drop soup is simple to make. As long as you have a whisk for properly incorporating the egg yolks and whites, you’re in great shape for making your own version of this classic dish (which can be easily adjusted and customised to suit your tastes).
Treat yourself by topping your next baked potato with an egg.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a dish that isn’t improved by the addition of a runny egg yolk, and baked potatoes are no exception. Since the eggs and potatoes get baked at the same time, it also involves an easy clean-up, making twice-baked potatoes with eggs on top a fitting side dish for weeknight dinners.
Give your oatmeal a savoury twist by putting an egg on it.
As the recent social media popularity of overnight oats proves, oatmeal as a breakfast item isn’t going anywhere. But if you prefer your morning eats on the savoury side, it’s still totally possible to enjoy oatmeal in the morning by mixing in ham and cheese and placing a fried egg on top.
Eggs + yogurt = a Turkish dish that everyone should try.
Another example of a typically-sweet dish taking a savoury turn, the Turkish staple cilbir can be made by mixing plain Greek yogurt with dill and garlic, adding a poached egg, drizzling the mixture with Aleppo-pepper-infused butter, and using it as a delicious dip for pita, crackers, or country bread.
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