This cute little egg trick was picked up from two coinciding forces… Tony Bourdain’s No Reservations show and Alice Waters’ Cafe Cookbook.
Sweets and I have made No Reservations our Monday night ritual. I recently forced Bourdain’s books on him, and now Sweets gets to remind me about all the funny bits I forgot. Watching No Reservations is just the frosting on the Bourdain cake… sharp funny sarcastic humour all wrapped in the sheer love of good food made by interesting people. It also helps that Bourdain does confirm Sweets’ opinion on the worst food out there… the putrified shark meat with Brenivin chaser. Any meal that requires a hard alcohol flush with each bite has got to make you wonder!
Both Bourdain’s show (the New Jersey one) and the Chez Panisse cookbook feature a pizza that has an egg cooked on the top surface. I followed the cues of Waters’ accompanying pizza ingredients and dressed this one up awefully pretty: red bell pepper, prosciutto strewn about, and chunks of zucchini, all on a dressing of garlic and olive oil. The pizzas are pulled out half way through cooking and the egg cracked on top, sprinkled with pepper and returned to the hot oven to cook through.
We broke the yolk before tearing into our personal pizzas, its orange goodness running over the surface. Sweets initiated the yolk piercing move, with the added flare of holding the pizza verticle to help distribute its goodness across the whole pizza.
Ahhh another item to add on to the listing of excellent ways to eat eggs. And to think I was contemplating going vegan… sigh.