Creamy Scape and Spinach Eggs

Posted on June 19, 2011


scape and spinach eggs - breakfast

Ahh.. Sunday morning breakfast!

A couple years ago, we had a green-eggs-and-ham something sorta like this.  We’re flush with spinach and garlic scapes from our garden, so we decided to wing it and see how it’d turn out.

The Plan: A lot of recipes online have versions of this that use a lot of prep work and pans. Our theory: layers, lots of fresh ingredients, and no more than two pans. Cause really, who wants to clean up after breakfast.

Here we go!

OK – well, maybe slightly more than two pans cause biscuits are good and pretty easy if you have self-rising flour around. Which we didn’t this morning.  We tried subbing a flour+baking powder+salt mixture, but I think the proportions must have been off, definitely needed more salt.  But anyway — while you’re starting the biscuits, you can get the egg layers all set up.  Here’s what you need:

  • Olive oil
  • 2 pieces of bacon, thinly sliced/ chopped
  • 1 garlic scape, thinly sliced
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 4 small eggs
  • thyme, salt and pepper to taste

1.  Start your Bacon. (… Oh, and preheat oven to 375 F)

Thinly slice/ chop up about 2 pieces of bacon.  Start your bacon frying in a small dash of olive oil.  When bacon is nearly done, add the thinly sliced scapes for just a few seconds for flavor.

2. Start layering!

scape and spinach eggs - assemble

layers, not quite clockwise from top right. use your brain.

While your bacon is cooking, lightly grease your muffin tins (or ramekins) with olive oil.  Then:

  • Pile spinach into 4 ramekins or muffin tins. The more spinach the better — this will wilt down, so really go for it, I say.
  • Divide your bacon-scape bits between the 4 tins,
  • Top with a dollop of heavy cream,
  • Crack 1 egg into each and garnish with thyme, salt and pepper to taste (salt sparingly: the bacon is going to take care of most of this for you).

Bake the eggs in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes. Watch the time and check every so often so the eggs don’t overcook.  (The eggs will continue to cook slightly when you pull them out.)  Serve immediately, with biscuits!

scape and spinach eggs - done

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