Making a Nest for my Egg
Bacon, egg, spinach – a classic breakfast combination. You could of course just fry/grill the bacon rashers and add a fried/poached egg on top, with some wilted spinach on the side.
But – and this is the important bit – This is WAY more fun.
And if cooking, eating and life in general isn’t all about having more fun, then what have we got left.
The skill to work on perfecting in this recipe is the art of making up a neat nest shape without the egg whites leaking to much out of them. I initially panicked that when my whites leaked out the recipe would have turned into an absolute disaster. Turns out I needn’t have worried. Egg is pretty clever at binding to itself and other ingredients (why we use it in burgers or to help crumbs stick to our coated fish and scotch eggs). If you leave the nest to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the silicone muffin tray it should all stay together nicely. Silicone muffin trays are an absolute must to an easier removal.
I just ate one of these and filled up my plate with a spoon of my pro-biotic Spiced Fermented Carrot Salad and fresh rocket (greens a must with every meal) I love to get a good portion of veg in at breakfast time. The second bacon nest is sitting beautifully in the fridge for a quick breakfast tomorrow. You could of course add an indulgent drizzle of hollandaise sauce, and serve with extra spinach on the side for a full on weekend brunch – go on I dare you.
Ingredients (makes 2 nests. Serves 1-2 depending on appetite)
- 4-5 rashers of pancetta
- Handful of spinach
- 2 Eggs
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C.
- If your rashers are thick cut, as mine were, place them under some film and roll with a rolling pin to flatten and increase the surface are. Next cut the rashers in half and line 2 non-stick – silicone ideal – large muffin trays. I found 2 short strips on the bottom with the other 2 short strips wrapped around the side worked best.
- Next wilt the spinach in a little butter or ghee and when done spoon a little into the bottom of each bacon nest.
- Crack an egg into each nest and carefully place the tray into the oven. Cook for approx 10 minutes until the whites are set, and the yolks still slightly runny. If the yolks look done but the whites aren’t then turn the oven off and leave the tray in there for a few extra minutes – this should cook the whites through. Leave the nests to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the silicone muffin tray. They should pop out easily enough.
- Top with chives & serve up.