8 Different Ways to Cook Eggs

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8 Different Ways to Cook Eggs
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So versatile and easy to work with, the egg is a staple in most refrigerators. But many don’t think about eating them for anything but breakfast, when a couple of them are served with toast and bacon. But if you crave more than the basic scrambled or over-easy versions, other options capitalize on this food’s diverse profile. If you’re in an egg rut, cook up a few ideas that will pull you out of it.

Egg in a Hole
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Egg in a Hole

This old school breakfast is a hit with Searsucker restaurant owner and celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s kids, and you can make it at home. too. He takes a slice of Pullman loaf and uses a biscuit cutter to cut a yolk-sized hole in the center. Next, the Scottsdale, Arizona, restaurateur melts butter in a saute pan, places two slices of bacon in the pan and sets the bread on the bacon. Malarkey then cracks an egg into the hole and cooks it for about 3 minutes. Then he flips the stack over and lets the bread crisp on the other side.

Your Own Benedict
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Your Own Benedict

Poached eggs are one of Malarkey’s favorites. He suggested a simple yet elegant way to showcase them by pairing a soft, poached egg with a non-traditional breakfast meat or fish of your choosing -- whether it’s beef tenderloin, pork belly or crab cake. “Top it with a simple hollandaise sauce and you’ve got an easy crowd-pleaser.”

Frittatas
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Frittatas

This dish starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. Thom and Kathy Coker, owners of T.C. Eggington’s restaurant in Mesa, Arizona, serve individual frittatas to patrons at their breakfast and brunch eatery. For their garden version, combine sauteed vegetables and beaten eggs and pour into a hot, oven-safe pan with olive oil. Sprinkle cheese onto the surface and when the egg starts to firm up and looks fluffy, put the pan into a 350-degree F. oven for 3 or 4 minutes. “Easy and delicious to whip up for a holiday breakfast for the family," Thom Coker said.

Chilaquiles
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Chilaquiles

The Cokers put a twist on this Mexican breakfast favorite by substituting eggs for the traditional chicken or pork. Try it at home by sauteing green chiles and green onions, adding eggs to the pan and cooking slowly until tender and fluffy. Meanwhile, in another pan combine homemade fried corn tortilla strips or store-bought tortilla chips, tomatillo sauce and sour cream and cook until the tortillas are softened. Divide the tortillas and sauce among plates, top with the eggs and finish with Cotija cheese and fresh cilantro.

Croque Madame
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Croque Madame

This French classic is one of the more popular brunch items that chef Kevin Binkley, James Beard Foundation Award finalist and owner of Cafe Bink, serves at his Carefree, Arizona, restaurant. Make your own by starting with an upscale grilled ham sandwich laced with creamy and cheesy Bechamel sauce. Finish it under the broiler and top it with a fried, runny-yoked egg.

Burrito
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Burrito

Wrap a warm flour tortilla around fluffy scrambled eggs, cheese, tomatoes and veggies or meat of your choice right before heading out the door, suggested Pauline Martinez, owner of Perk Eatery in Scottsdale, Arizona. “A quick, easy, healthy breakfast on the go.”

Quiche
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Quiche

Forget the images of fancy lunches over white wine at the country club. Quiche is an easy and down-to-earth way to transform a few eggs into a one-dish meal. Pour beaten eggs and vegetables, cooked meat and cheese you love into a pie crust and bake. At Essence Bakery Cafe in Tempe, Arizona, chef-owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos loads hers with bacon, organic spinach, leeks and Comte cheese.

Crepes
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Crepes

The uses for this thin and airy French pancake as a delivery system for every course from appetizer to dessert are nearly endless. Combine eggs, flour, milk and butter and delicately cook in a hot pan until light brown on both sides. Fill the crepe with whipped cream and fruit for a sweet treat or take a cue from Theodosopoulos, who fills her crepes with seasonal vegetables, ham and Gruyere cheese, and finishes it with a drizzle of creamy Bechamel.

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