Friday, February 28, 2014

Baked Eggs and Mushrooms in Ham Crisps - by Steve Goldberg

My friend Steve is a poet, home chef and one heck of a nice guy.  I enjoy reading his work on his website and looking at photos he posts on his Facebook page when he makes something delicious.

When he posted these photos last Sunday I knew I had to share.

As you can see, these look impressive for company and cool for the kids.  

I've seen several yummy looking photos on Pinterest, Instagram and food blogs making something similar to this with bacon; but always with some kind of layering or weaving involved to make some kind of basket to hold the egg.  Steve's method seems much more simple without sacrificing presentation or taste.  Plus, it's less greasy which means less mess and less calories.  I love how some of the ham edges wrinkle almost like petals.

As for taste, his recipe calls for more than just an egg.  There is more decadent stuff hidden between the egg and ham which makes a delicious and classy surprise.   I'll be making these soon, and I will definitely be making these when we host out-of-town guests this summer.  Thanks, Steve.

3/4 lb mushrooms, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons crème fraiche or sour cream
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon
12 slices Black Forest or Virginia Ham (without holes; 10oz)
12 large eggs

Garnish: fresh tarragon leaves
Accompaniment: buttered brioche or challah toast
Special equipment: a muffin tin with 12 (1/2 cup) muffin cups

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Prepare mushrooms:
Cook mushrooms and shallot in butter with salt and pepper in a large, heavy skillet over moderately high heat, stirring, until mushrooms are tender and liquid they give off is evaporated, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in crème fraiche and tarragon.

Assemble and Bake:
Fit 1 slice of ham into 12 lightly oiled muffin cups (ends will stick up and hang over edges of cups). Divide mushrooms among cups and crack 1 egg into each. Bake in middle of oven until whites are cooked but yokes are still runny, about 15 minutes. Season eggs with salt and pepper and remove (with ham) from muffin cups carefully, using 2 spoons or small spatulas.

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