Combining something as simple as pan-fried eggs and a few
is a great start to any day. vegis
This is one of my favorite methods for making breakfast because it uses one cutting board, a knife, and an 8″ non-stick pan. Intended to be quick, easy to clean up afterwards, and as important as anything… delicous. Below I step through the recipe for you.
I’ll share a chef secret right now. Finishing any dish with a little lemon zest (Acid) and fresh herbs on the plate at the end takes this breakfast, and most meals, to an entirely noteworthy level. This dish can come together on a hotplate. It’s that easy.
A few getting started pointers.
1) Use pure vegetable oil. The total amount in this recipe is less than a tablespoon. I like to repurpose a plastic service ketchup container and cut off the tip in order to be able to easily control and limit the amount of oil that ends up in the pan. Pro tip– Canola oil converts to a pretty toxic substance if overheated (which is very easy to do) and so I recommend that you never purchase “canola oil” again. Get it out of your kitchen.
2) The word finish in a chef’s world most often indicates one of two things. Either you add something at the end, in the pan, while it is “
3) Pro Tip– Fresh Herbs and other ingredients, like lemon zest, contain essential oils which when heated and/or combined during cooking processes with other ingredients, like when you are sauteing or cooking in sauces, tend to almost always add rather unpleasant undertones to what you are cooking. It’s chemistry. This is why most professional cooks prefer to use dried herbs if they want to add flavor during the cooking process. Always add fresh herbs and zest right at the end of the cooking process or to the plate as a way to add layers of flavor.
What you could have done.
Incorporated almost anything from your kitchen like leftover rice or added red peppers, some chopped greens (more acid and fat needed), added some BACON, or any number of other things that are sitting in your frig. You could have used regular fresh basil or a little fresh chopped oregano too. You could have added a little fresh chopped ginger and a splash of Soy Sauce (finish with it in the pan) and created an entirely different language of cooking love.
If your brother loves ketchup on his eggs and is visiting, you could suspend your judgment, because that ketchup thing works too. If your kids love waffles you can eliminate the eggs and drown the entire thing in maple syrup.
And finally, because we live in Tucson, AZ and we are awesome, we could have added a little fresh avocado or some chopped jalapeno!
Once you have the techniques figured out the possibilities are endless. I hope this gives you a little inspiration.