THE ART OF THE FRESH EGG – BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY, EXCEPTIONALLY TASTY
My family has been keeping chickens for more than a few years now and have enjoyed the bounty of bright orange-yellow egg yolks full of flavor, thick moist cakes, crazy good custards, and the list goes on and on.
The only real drawback to our fresh organic eggs is that when hard-boiled, the shell sticks to the egg which creates a rather nasty looking snack, but delightfully tasty, nonetheless.
Many folks avoid eating eggs for fear of the high cholesterol content. I am no doctor, but from my research there is no proof that eating eggs raises cholesterol after all, but to the contrary they may actually help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart disease.
According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneration and lower the risk of developing cataracts. Eggs may even prevent breast cancer and are super for promoting healthy hair and nails. PLEASE GIVE ME AT LEAST ONE EGG A DAY!
To me, one of the great things about raising chickens is that you can go right to your backdoor to get the freshest egg possible. I remember one Christmas I was in charge of the custard dessert.
The kids were so excited and loaded up in the already packed car (I am not quite sure how we were going to get home with all the presents upon our return home). Upon driving to my mother-in-law’s house, we took a fast turn and as I am sure you suspect, SPLAT went the dessert.
We turned the car around and headed home to recreate this perfect dessert to find that we had no eggs in the refrigerator. I hoped, prayed, and spoke gently to my able-bodied chickens, and am happy to report, I had just enough eggs to repeat my destroyed dessert.
Many people don’t know this, but eggs are laid with a natural antibiotic coating. This coating protects the egg from disease and allows the egg to sit at room temperature for quite a while. Once the coating is washed, you must take careful precautions to refrigerate them. The egg should last for a month or so in the refrigerator after you have removed the protective coating.
To find out if an egg is fresh or not, place it in room temperature water. If it floats or you notice that the shell is cracked, throw it out. Some people eat it right away, but I don’t like to take that kind of risk.
One of my family’s favorite ways for me to prepare my eggs are by frying them or poaching them. We eat fried or poached eggs on sandwiches, over cooked greens, on top of pizzas, on top of cheesy grits, and the list goes on.
One exceptional recipe is my Western Open-Faced Venison (you could substitute with beef) Sandwich with a Fried Egg. The toast holds up to the tomato mixture and the egg. Tomatoes are just the perfect pair with eggs. I have another recipe in which I poach eggs in a tomato sauce (YUMMY!) that is just to die for.
Try this recipe for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and just about any time you get the hankering! Happy Cooking! Enjoy THE ART OF THE FRESH EGG!
WESTERN VENISON OPEN-FACED SANDWICH WITH FRIED EGG
- ¼ cup Rosemary
- ¼ cup Thyme
- ½ cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
Venison or Beef Ingredients
- 1½ pounds venison hindquarter roast, sliced in half horizontally
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, extra for browning
- 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1pound tomatoes, peeled and chopped, or canned with their juices
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 4 eggs
- 4 slices of artisan bread, cut 1/2 inch thick toasted or grilled
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons Parmesan Reggiano cheese
- 1/4 cup Parsley
1. For marinade, mix rosemary, thyme, olive oil, garlic and venison in a zip top bag and refrigerate 4 hours.
2. Remove venison from refrigerator and pound each half to 3/4 inch thick. Season venison liberally with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium- size skillet over medium-high heat until skillet is almost smoking and oil is shimmering. Place venison in skillet for about 4 minutes on the first side, then turn over and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to rest.
3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer for about 15 minutes.
4. Half each piece of toast on the bias and drizzle with olive oil. Place toast on the plates.
5. Slice venison against the grain and distribute equally over the toast. Spoon about ¼-cup of the tomato mixture over the venison.
6. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 3 eggs at one time to the pan. Cover and cook at medium to medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes or until whites are set, but yolk is still soft. Gently remove the eggs from the skillet and place over the tomatoes. Repeat with remaining eggs.
7. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Parmesan Reggiano cheese over the egg. Garnish with Parsley then serve immediately.