Crack an Egg

Which came first the chicken or the egg? In my opinion the egg comes first, a modest most versatile perfect food! There is a family story about my husband’s older brother’s wife, a girl from the Midwest. Like me she was quite overwhelmed by this Italian family however, we were both embraced with love and acceptance. She too spent a great deal of time observing our mother-in-law as she dominated the kitchen with her culinary expertise. One of the talents my mother-in-law possessed was to take leftovers and create an entirely new dish! Sometimes this dish included the incredible, edible egg. As time went on , as the story goes, whenever anything was left over Fern would say, “Just crack an egg over it!” Oddly enough that is not a bad idea, so many things can be recreated with an egg or two! There were many delicious dishes that had a new beginning with just an egg. Here is a great recipe I love from Giada DeLaurentiis with simple ingredients and of course an egg! My mother-in-law would approve.

Breadcrumb Gremolata

1-2 slice of Italian bread chopped into small pieces

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

2 tablespoons grated Parm cheese divided evenly

2 tablespoons EVOO

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

In a nonstick pan heat EVOO over medium heat. Add bread and toast until lightly browned.  Remove from heat and place toasted crumbs in a bowl. Toss with half the cheese and all ingredients except parsley. Put to the side. When cool add parsley.

12 + stalks of cleaned asparagus

2 large eggs (preferably organic)

2 tablespoons EVOO

Wipe the pan clean place back on heat and add EVOO. Add asparagus and a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes tossing with tongs as they brown and blister slightly. Remove from heat and divide between two plates.

Crack the eggs in the same pan over a medium low heat. Salt and pepper. Cook until perfectly done as sunny side up. I like to turn off the heat after the eggs set then cover for about 3 + minutes. Check often so they do not over cook. With a spatula remove the eggs and place on top of asparagus.  Top each egg with the gremolata and remaining cheese. Absolutely wonderful!


Happy Birthday Mom D! Thank you for your guidance and love.

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