Eggs. We typically think of them for breakfast. Scrambled, fried, poached, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, or sunny side up. Everyone has their favorite way of eating this simple ingredient. Some even like to get fancy with it and whip up a plate of eggs Benedict, stuff an omelette full of chorizo and peppers, or create an insane breakfast burrito.
There is no doubt that you can't go wrong with an egg-inspired breakfast, but when it comes to the egg, it's time to think outside the box. The egg is not just for breakfast, it's for everything. Pizzas, soups, salads, burgers, you name it, the egg should be on it.
Next time you're in the kitchen making a fabulous dish, think to yourself, Should I top it with an egg? The answer is yes. Yes you should. Here to guide you on your journey are 18 mouthwatering recipes where the humble egg graciously steals the show.
1. Spiced Shrimp and Creamy Polenta with Fried Egg
You can't mess with a staple like shrimp and grits, or can you? Spicing up the shrimp and adding bacon, corn, and a mess of parmesan to the polenta, this dish takes on a cheesy, salty, velvety goodness that is only made that much better by topping it with a fried egg.
2. Brussels Sprouts Hash with Bacon and Eggs
Chef's Note: If you have a food processor or mandolin, it will make the shredding process easier.
3. Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, and Gorgonzola Pizza with an Egg
Salty, thin slices of prosciutto, caramelized onion, crimini mushrooms, sharp asiago cheese, and pungent gorgonzola is layered on the this pizza, creating a sensation of savory, sweet, salty, and carb-filled goodness.
The bonus? It's topped with an egg right before it hits the oven. Slice into the yolk and let it run before serving. Get the recipe here.
4. Poached Egg, Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Toast with Basil Vinaigrette
Like a caprese salad on toast, this recipe showcases juicy, ripe baby heirloom tomatoes, fresh burrata cheese, peppery arugula, and a super fresh basil vinaigrette for drizzling. But that's not all.
5. Monte Christo Grilled Cheese
Is it a breakfast sandwich? Is it a grilled cheese? No, it's a Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese. A variation of the French croque-monsieur, the Monte Christo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich.
Taking that classic and creating the ultimate breakfast sandwich, this grilled cheese is layered with ham, bacon, cranberry jam, mayo, gruyere cheese, American cheese, and a fried egg with a runny yolk just waiting to be sliced into. Just look at this monstrosity. Grab a knife and a fork, because you'll need it.
6. Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwich
Hold the phone. Fresh pear, crisp apple, caramelized onion, sweet fig preserves, slices of cheddar cheese, and a sunny-side up egg all sandwiched between a toasted everything bagel? My day just got a whole lot better.
Get the recipe here.
7. Huevos Rancheros Sheet Pan Nachos
Sheet pan nachos, meat huevos rancheros. Layering tortilla chips with black beans, pork sausage, cherry tomatoes, corn, jalapeños, cheese, and of course eggs, this Huevos Rancheros Sheet Pan Nachos recipe feeds the family with barely any effort.
Even if you don't have all these toppings stashed in your kitchen, as long as you have tortilla chips, cheese, and eggs, you can still make a tasty sheet pan nachos meal. Oh, and don't forget the salsa.
8. Bacon and Egg Breakfast Ramen
In my world, all ramen is topped with a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg. And while there are countless umami packed ramen recipes out there, there is no denying the harmony of eggs and bacon in this Bacon and Egg Breakfast Ramen.
On the outside, the slow-poached egg is firm, while on the inside the golden yellow yolks are still runny. Slicing into the egg, the yoke runs over the salty, fatty sous vide cooked pork belly - or crispy bacon if you choose - and chewy noodles. Topped with a savory soy dressing, this ramen is best enjoyed, well, any time of day.
9. Veggie Kimchi Rice Bowl
This Veggie Kimchi Rice Bowl is a healthier take on traditional fried rice. The Korean staple Kimchi is a fermented food - cabbage and daikon radish - meaning it's filled with good bacteria for your gut. This recipe gets an extra health boost by cutting back on oil and adding in more veggies like mushrooms and bell pepper.
The veggies and kimchi are fried in a skillet with the rice, then topped with a beautiful sunny side egg. And for the garnish? Fresh cilantro, scallions, and a drizzle of Sriracha. Don't have much time in the kitchen? Store-bought kimchi and leftover rice turn this recipe into an easy meal that can be ready in a snap.
10. Springtime Pasta with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Eggs
A fresh skillet of springtime pasta like this Springtime Pasta with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes is just asking for an egg on top - after all, it is spring. Fresh and comforting, this pasta has oven-blistered tomatoes, garlic sautéed asparagus and shiitake mushrooms, a bunch of fresh herbs, a mound of freshly grated parmesan cheese, and four oozing poached - or fried - eggs over mafalda pasta drizzled in olive oil. Ready for spring anyone?
11. Arugula, Asparagus, and Avocado Breakfast Salad
This may be called a breakfast salad, but that doesn't mean you need to wait until breakfast to eat it. Good any time of day, this Arugula, Asparagus, and Avocado salad is full of green veggies that only taste that much better when topped with a soft boiled egg.
Firm whites on the outside, and still slightly runny on the inside, the semi-runny yolk turns this simple salad into a savory dish. This is what an egg salad is really all about.
12. Warm Green Breakfast Bowl
Simple meets gourmet in this Warm Green Breakfast Bowl. While it screams five-star restaurant, this dish is pretty easy to make at home. Quinoa is mixed with sautéed kale, spinach, almonds, and garlic.
It's then topped with browned haloumi cheese, superfood avocado, a twist of lemon, and a twice-cooked soft boiled egg. Decadent, elegant, and simple. Just don't skimp on the egg.
13. Healing Turmeric Sweet Potato Rice Bowl
Delicious, nutritious, and even better topped with an egg, these bowls are packed with flavor. Turmeric mashed sweet potatoes, brown rice, and peppery arugula are topped with a lemon herb dressing and pistachios for a crunch. Yum!
The great thing about these bowls is you can also sub in some ingredients and it's still great. If you want more protein, leave out the brown rice and use tri-color quinoa. If you're looking to make the bowl even more comforting, sub the fresh arugula for sautéed kale or collard greens. Either way, these nutritious healing bowls will satiate your appetite.
Get the recipe here.
14. Green Pea and Asparagus Soup Bowls
Green Pea and Asparagus Soup Bowls are filled with the flavors of spring. In one creamy bowl, leeks, asparagus, peas, flat leaf parsley, and thyme are all blended together for a refreshingly satisfying spring soup. Of course, it wouldn't be complete without a runny poached eggs and a slice of crusty bread.
15. Poached Eggs Over Smoked Salmon
Poached Eggs Over Smoked Salmon is simple, elegant, and beyond tasty. Taking whole ingredients - eggs, avocado, and smoked salmon - and plating with a simple twist of lemon, the flavors aren't masked, but rather enhanced by one another.
Whether you choose to eat your egg, smoked salmon, and avocados ingredients as is, on a pizza, as a lush salad, on a sourdough baguette, or as a bowl of pasta, this flavor combination is insane. The creaminess of avocado, smoked salmon, and gooey yolks of poached eggs is a flavorful combination that tastes good in too many ways to count.
16. Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili Burgers with Baked Cheddar Beer Onion Rings
With a name like Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili Burger with Baked Cheddar Beer Onion Rings, there's no missing meat in this patty. A healthy chili flavored patty is homemade using sweet potatoes, protein rich quinoa, hearty black beans, a mound of spices, sharp cheddar cheese, tomato paste, and eggs to bind. It's then topped with more sharp cheddar cheese, panko crusted cheddar cheese beer onion rings, and a fried egg.
When making the beer onion rings, opt for the baked option. It's easier than frying, and can do its thing while you work on the rest of the burger. As far as the beer goes, choose your flavor of choice. Cheap beer will work just fine, but if you're looking for a more in depth flavor, something like a doppelbock, stout, or even an marzen may add some unique flavors.
17. Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich
This mouthwatering Grilled Barbecue Bacon Meatloaf Sandwich is pilled to the high heavens with everything your momma didn't put in her meatloaf. We're talking a thick strip of bacon wrapped around a slab of meatloaf covered with melted sharp cheddar cheese that's topped with bourbon caramelized onions and slathered in BBQ sauce, all between an onion roll. If that weren't enough, a fried egg with a runny yolk is added to the mess. Dried meatloaf? Your days are over.
18. Loaded Bacon Burgers with Whiskey Caramelized Onions
The mother of burgers, this one loads up everything that is good and holy between a toasted bun. Fat patties of organic ground beef are topped with melty white cheddar cheese, fresh peppery arugula, honey BBQ sauce, a brat mustard, thick-cut bacon, and onions caramelized in a Jack Daniel's sauce.