Wednesday, April 25, 2012

When Life Gives You Eggs...

I guess it should be when chickens give you eggs you make anything you can think of that has an egg in it.

Creamed Spinach with Poached Eggs

A few large handfulls of spinach
Two eggs
Olive oil
1/2 cup heavy cream
Medium onion chopped

Melt 2 Tbsp of butter with a generous splash of olive oil in a large skillet (use a skillet or fry pan that has a cover) over medium low heat.  Add onions and saute until transparent.  Add several large handfuls of spinach.  Stir the spinach to encourage it to wilt.  You may put the lid on the pan to facilitate wilting.  The spinach shrinks up a lot after it is wilted, you may need to add more.  Pour in 1/2 cup of heavy cream and stir thoroughly.  Make "wells" in the spinach and carefully break eggs into the "wells".  Cover and cook until whites are firm.  The steam from the cream and spinach cooks the eggs  Alternatively you may poach the eggs seperately and lay them onto the bed of spinach.  Serve very hot.

*A note to friends and relatives of the dad, writer of this post, who sometimes struggle with these delicious recipes.  The recipe calls for butter and a generous splash of olive oil.  When greens like spinach, kale mustard greens etc. are wilted the get coated with the oil.  If you don't use enough oil you will burn the greens and they will be bitter, yuck!!  If you pour cream into a hot, dry pan of scorched greens it will be double yuck.  Speaking of the cream, the recipe says "heavy cream", not half and half, not whole milk, not non-dairy coffee creamer or some other white liquid (special note for Grandma).  If you don't want delicious food, with a reasonable amount of fat, eat a cheese rice cake, have an egg white omelet and live to be a thousand.

**Added nutritional note:  The recipe above contains 5 ingredients.  Compare to

INGREDIENTS: Rice, Corn (With Germ Removed), Sunflower Oil with Natural Tocopherols Added to Preserve Freshness, Whey, Salt, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and/or Cottonseed Oil, Maltodextrin, Monosodium Glutamate, Corn Syrup Solids, Tomato Powder, Onion Powder, Cheddar Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Lactic Acid, Garlic Powder, Butterfat, Soy Protein, Citric Acid, Milk, Lipolyzed Cream, Reduced Lactose Whey, Paprika Extract, Natural Flavor, Silicon Dioxide, Yeast Extract, Sodium Caseinate, Mono And Diglycerides, Disodium Guanylate and Disodium Inosinate, Sodium Phosphate, Soybean Oil, Modified Food Starch, Guar Gum, Sunflower Oil, Spice, Annatto Extract, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Turmeric Extract, Soy Lecithin.


Amy Dingmann said...

Love it! Always looking for another egg recipe. And to those who say its too fatty...I'm with you on the "it's only got five ingredients". I have been known to let my children make or have odd things for breakfast because we can actually pronounce the ingredients. Not the same for cereal....

jugglingpaynes said...

I agree with you. Sometimes you need the real thing to be satisfied, and if you are satisfied, you'll eat less, right?

I'm a supermarket ingredients reader myself. I think it's why we hardly ever buy things like store bought cookies. If I could figure out how to make my own cold cereal (my addiction), life would be perfect. :o)

Peace and Laughter,

Candy C. said...

I clicked over from A Farmish Life because I'm always looking for ways to use up eggs. Your recipe looks fabulous and the comparison to the rice cake ingredients had me laughing sooo hard! :)