Thursday, July 29, 2010

Put an Egg on It, and Call it Delicious

I love eggs.  I'm picky about my eggs too.  I like them to be local and grass-fed.  They're so simple that quality is obvious and therefore paramount.  A well-raised egg is nutritious and lends deliciousness to most foods.  Particularly it is the runny yolk that I love.  As bright as sunshine, its viscous richness oozes into all the nooks and crannies of whatever you're eating, and only makes it more delicious.  I have played with yolks in numerous ways, mostly poached, and on top of salads, bean dishes, waffles, rice.  All are excellent.

Recently on a menu I saw a pizza with egg, and of course was intrigued. We decided to try it at home.  We made our crust, topped it lightly with tomato sauce, sauteed spinach, fresh mozzarella, and pecorino romano.  We put the whole thing on the grill and when it was close to being done cracked the eggs on top.  We broke the yolks slightly so they would cook more evenly, and pulled it off the heat while they were still slightly runny.

The pizza was delightful.  The saltiness of the pecorino balanced the richness of the yolk.  Together the flavor was intriguing with a slightly rich, meaty quality.  I highly recommend breaking an egg the next time you have pizza.

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