4.23.2013

Food and Drink: Baked Eggs Florentine with Sweet and Spicy Turkey Bacon


Every few months my family forgoes a traditional Sunday lunch in favour of a homemade Sunday Brunch. Usually we do French toast or a Bacon and Eggs thing, but every now and then I like to change up our menu ever so slightly. While I was perusing one of my favourite food blogs, Lemony Thyme, I came across a recipe for baked eggs in bread bowls. I thought "Yum! This looks delicious!" However, I decided that my version needed a little something else, so I added spinach. This recipe is oh-so easy, savoury and really filling. It pairs well with the sweet and spicy turkey bacon. And don't forget a Mimosa.


You'll Need:

· 4 buns -- I used Kaisers, but I'd suggest brioche
· Cream cheese, at room temperature
· 1 bunch baby spinach, washed
· 4 eggs
· Chives
· Salt and pepper to taste

Start by steaming the spinach. Once wilted, strain all the water out and set aside to cool.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Slice off the top of the buns and remove some bread to make a hole large enough to hold an egg. Spread some cream cheese in the bottom of the bun and add the spinach. Crack an egg into each bun, top with chives and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the eggs are set and the buns are golden brown.

For the Sweet and Spicy Turkey Bacon:

· 1 package turkey bacon
· 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
· 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar

Place the turkey bacon on a baking sheet and sprinkle each piece with half of the paprika and brown sugar. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, flip each piece and sprinkle with the remaining paprika and brown sugar. Return to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes.



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