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Brunch: Herbed over easy eggs on toast

Eggs on toast with herbs and cheese

Gluten Free brunch that’s as good as a restaurant, and fills ya up, too.

Every Saturday we have a long day because of the teenager and her never-ending youth orchestra practice.  So we like to start out with a good hearty breakfast.  While we were out one day, I was accidentally delivered over easy eggs with my order.  They looked really good so I tucked in anyway and they were unexpectedly awesome.  I asked around about that last minute flip and got varied answers (grab the egg whites by the crusty part with your finger tips and quickly flip, jerk the pan forward and back until they somehow magically work their way onto their yolk-belly…).  Yeah, none of that really worked for me, and I don’t like crusty-bottomed eggs much either.  The trick seems to be using a bit of butter, practicing, and exerting some serious confidence with the spatula.  Also, pick up the pan and meet the eggs as they come down like a gentle, if insane, hand clap using a spatula and pan.

So here we go.  Get yourself:

  • A Non-stick small skillet and non-stick spatula
  • Little Northern Bakehouse bread if you’re gluten free, or favorite bread
  • Three, yes, three organic, cage free, totally expensive brown eggs
  • Shredded, reduced fat Mexican cheese (cheap is fine, you only need a little and it’s still tasty)
  • about a half teaspoon to teaspoon of organic butter
  • Herbes de Provence, perhaps organic
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Yeah. About this much butter. Just enough to cover the bottom and a bit of the sides and to add flavor.

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Heat the pan lightly crack the eggs, opening the first two with the yolk and ending with just one white only.  Have a place to put them prepared, and then WASH YOUR HANDS. Start the toast, turn the heat on the eggs to low medium, and once whites show, turn it to low. Toast and eggs both take about three minutes.

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When there’s bubbling afoot, move the edges away with the spatula and let the egg white drip over the edge and underneath so you aren’t waiting for the whole business on top to cook while the bottoms get crusty.  Unless you like crusty, chewy-bottomed eggs.  And trust me, you don’t.

sunny side up eggs with loose whites

See how the eggs look like a confused emoticon, but the bottom right there is getting filled up with the extra egg white? This will give you the confidence, strength, and extra protein for the perfect flip.

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Once the dripping egg whites have settled underneath and all that remains is the firmer stuff around the yolk, sprinkle those Herbes de Provence.  Flavor!

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See how those whites have firmed up but they’re not quite there?  Turn off the heat (and leave it off), because it’s flipping time.  

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Well, this was difficult to capture.  Try to get the spatula under the yolks for the flip.  As you can see, it’ looks momentarily hideous, and as if disaster is only a moment away.  But no, onward I press, wrinkling the now hardy egg whites with confidence!  As you pick up the eggs and flip them, bring the pan upward to meet the yolks so the flip takes less distance to fall.  This will preserve those egg yolks.

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Just about thirty seconds face down ought to do it for over easy, and about a minute for over medium to well.  See how the bottom isn’t over done?  Muah, I love that.  During this thirty seconds, run over and grab that toast, place two pieces beside each other on a plate.  Place the spatula over the eggs as you gently flip the pan back over, over the plate, and if you’re really good, with each yolk spaced so that the spatula will lay the whole thing down with a yolk over each piece of toast.  And I am that good now, but I also used to take the spatula and divide the eggs either in the pan or on the plate.  Ya know, do you’re thing….then sprinkle cheese.  We used to put the cheese underneath, but the heat of the eggs made too much like plastic for me…reduced fat cheese (which melts less easily) over the top keeps this from happening while still adding flavor.

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Over easy for me, baby.

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Enough energy for yoga and kid schlepping to carry us til tea time!

 

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Using Liquid Egg Whites Past the Expiration Date

Don’t.  That’s my advice.  Unlike eggs in the shell (shelled eggs), liquid egg whites are an egg product that has eggs that have been opened from their protective shell and pasteurized.  They are ONLY good until the expiration date.

Don’t believe me?  Here’s your friends at Egg Beaters:

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And the USDA:

Safe Handling and Storage of Egg Products
Safe handling and storage is necessary for all egg products to prevent bacterial contamination. Here are recommendations from USDA:

  • For best quality, store frozen egg products up to one year. Check to be sure your freezer is set at 0 °F or lower. After thawing, do not refreeze.
  • Thaw frozen egg products in the refrigerator or under cold running water. DO NOT THAW ON THE COUNTER.
  • If the container for liquid products bears a “use-by” date, observe it. Follow the storage and handling instructions provided by the manufacturer.
  • For liquid products without an expiration date, store unopened containers at 40 °F or below for up to 7 days (not to exceed 3 days after opening). Do not freeze opened cartons of liquid egg products.
  • Unopened dried egg products and egg white solids can be stored at room temperature as long as they are kept cool and dry. After opening, store in the refrigerator.
  • Reconstituted egg products should be used immediately or refrigerated and used that day.
  • USDA Commodity Dried Egg Mix should be stored at less than 50 °F, preferably in the refrigerator (at 40 °F or below). After opening, use within 7 to 10 days. Reconstitute only the amount needed at one time. Use reconstituted egg mix immediately or refrigerate and use within 1 hour.

Even more info about eggs. Because I’m nuts.

Can you use eggs past the expiration date on the carton?

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According to the Julian calendar, these eggs were packed February 21, 2014 (the 52nd day of the year) and must be sold by March 22nd. After that, I’d give them about a week.

Yes.

The date on the egg carton is usually a “sell by” date (if it says EXP, that’s an expiration date.  Don’t use them after that).  A “sell by” date means that the eggs are good for a few days past the stamped date.  How long?  They are safe to use for 3-5 weeks from the date of purchase, according to the USDA (if stored correctly, and if kept at proper temperatures before storing).

I prefer the Julian date to determine freshness.  The Julian calendar numbers the days of the year 1-365.  The Julian date appears to the right of the “sell by” date on egg cartons.  Click here to download the Julian calendar for 2014.  I use eggs 3-5 weeks from that date, because eggs degrade over time.  The egg whites become looser with age, and though older eggs will usually bake all right when you’re making cookies and such, it’s best to use fresher eggs for omelettes, scrambles, and soufflés.   Cakes like angel food require very fresh eggs as well, because their structure relies on fresh egg whites.

How can you tell if an egg is still safe to eat, aside from the date?  Put the egg into cold water at the bottom of a saucepan.  A fresh egg will lie on its side at the bottom.  If it’s less fresh, but still all right, it will begin to sit up a bit.  If it floats, it’s compost.  Toss it.

Still need more information about eggs?  Check this out.