Thursday, July 8, 2010

Market Fresh Breakfasts thanks to NPR!

While browsing my massive google reader blog-o-sphere world, I came across this NPR article with what looks like an absolutely AMAZING breakfast...  Eggs baked with Spinach & Feta in a Tomato Shell.

Seriously, how amazing do these look?  I always like the idea of a soft cooked egg on top of something, sort of like the Breakfast Pizza I never did get around to making successfully.  But even more than that, these actually look incredibly easy and manageable for a morning treat.  I'd serve it with some of my new favorite Trader Joe's bread, Roasted Garlic Asiago Pain Rustique.  (Yes, it's really just as delicious as it sounds.)

Maybe this is what I'll make Isaac for his breakfast in bed, since I lost our Avatar: Airbender Box Office bet.

Eggs Baked With Spinach And Feta In Tomato Shell 

by Eve Turow 

This is one of my favorite breakfasts. It is quick, healthy and delicious. If you slice through the middle, you will see the red of the tomato, green of the spinach and white and yellow from the egg all piled on top of one another. It is great for entertaining or even a multitasking morning: Finish getting ready as they bake away in the oven. The recipe is adapted from 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey (Times Books 1992). 

Makes 4 servings
4 large ripe tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium eggs
4 tablespoons feta cheese
1 pound spinach

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut off tomato tops and set aside (may be used later as garnish). Run a paring knife around the inside edge of the tomato and scoop out insides, creating a tomato shell. Sprinkle the insides with salt and pepper and turn the tomatoes upside down on a towel to dry and drain out any excess liquids.
In the meantime, steam or sautee the spinach. To steam, fill a pan with a thin layer of water and bring to a boil. Turn off the burner, add the spinach and cover the pan until the spinach wilts. Drain out excess water once the spinach is cooked. Stand the tomatoes right side up in a pan, and place approximately 1/4 cup spinach into the bottom of each, pressing down to make room for other ingredients. Break an egg inside each tomato shell. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and feta cheese. Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Do not let the yolks become too firm. Serve immediately.

Courtesy of NPR Kitchen Window


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