Sadie, Silvia, Polly, and Peppy are our backyard chickens, and they keep us well supplied with fresh eggs! I am always dreaming up creative ways to use the eggs, and I recently saw a picture which inspired this easy dish my whole family adored.
The recipe is very loose. Basically, you bake an egg in a hollowed-out baked potato. I used cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of bacon, but prosciutto and parmesan or ham and mozzarella are two other good combinations. Sauteed pancetta and asiago?? Choose your favorites. A little bit of cheese and meat goes a long way, making this a healthy, satisfying, and affordable meal.
To get extra mileage out of this dinner, save the top of the potatoes and the remaining scooped-out insides. I have two ideas for speedy dinners another night: potato skins using the cut-off tops and salmon cakes with the scooped-out insides (yes, my sister-in-law makes a terrific dish using leftover potatoes in a salmon cake!). Also, make sure to read the hint at the bottom of the recipe for a simple way to make this meal even more amazing!
- Russet potatoes, baked (I baked about an hour in a 425 degree oven.)
- eggs (one per potato)
- cheddar cheese, shredded (just a teaspoon or two per potato)
- crumbled bacon (believe it or not, a half piece per potato is all you need)
Cutting horizontally, remove the top quarter of the potato and reserve for another use. Scoop out the insides to make a “bowl” just big enough for your egg. Carefully, crack the egg into the potato, keeping the yolk in tact. Top with cheese and bacon. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Cooking times may vary a little depending on your oven and how you like your egg, so keep an eye on it towards the end. I like my eggs whites firm but the yolk runny and 20 minutes was perfect.
- I like to scoop out almost all of the insides of the baked potato, mash with a dollop or two of Chobani 2% plain yogurt (as a healthy substitution for sour cream–a glug of milk works well, too), a drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Then put enough of these quickie mashed potatoes back in to create the right size “bowl” for your egg. Now you have a layer of good-for-you mashed potatoes under the egg. When you take the potato out of the oven, stir it all up. The yolk makes a tasty sauce and every bite will be heavenly! I could eat these every night!