Slideshow: Put an Egg on It! 40 Egg-Topped Recipes We Love for Spring

Sous-Vide Soft Poached Eggs
Sous-Vide Soft Poached Eggs

Poaching eggs scares a lot of people, but it doesn't have to be hard. Sous-vide cooking makes it incredibly easy to poach eggs to any doneness.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Spicy Potato, Bok Choy, and Shallot Hash
Spicy Potato, Bok Choy, and Shallot Hash

Hash is the ultimate leftover-consumer. All you need is a starchy root vegetable to form the base (potatoes are the usual choice, sweet potatoes or beets are great too), whatever leftovers you have on hand—cooked meat, greens, vegetables, whatever—a good cast iron skillet, and a couple of eggs. In this version bok choy and shallots round out the potatoes.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict With Dill Hollandaise
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict With Dill Hollandaise

Rich smoked salmon and creamy hollandaise make for a delicious, decadent dish, while a little dill brightens it all up.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Chorizo, Avocado, and Egg Cemitas with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Chorizo, Avocado, and Egg Cemitas with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Although most people associate Mexican food with tortilla-wrapped goods like tacos and burritos, the cuisine has its fair share of hefty sandwiches as well. This cemita features spicy chorizo and chipotle mayo, a runny fried egg, and rich, cooling avocado.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Baked Eggs With Mushrooms, Cheddar, and Ham
Baked Eggs With Mushrooms, Cheddar, and Ham

This meat-light recipe uses just a little ham, which infuses the mushrooms with porky goodness. Using the same technique, though, you have endless flavor possibilities.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Dinner Tonight: Peppery Pasta Carbonara with Poached Egg
Dinner Tonight: Peppery Pasta Carbonara with Poached Egg

Pasta carbonara is often served with a raw egg yolk on top, but if you're worried abut salmonella a whole poached egg is just as good, if a bit heavier.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Spicy Tomato Sauce With Lentils and Baked Eggs
Spicy Tomato Sauce With Lentils and Baked Eggs

This recipe is essentially a twist on shakshuka, bulked up with lentils. Finishing the dish under the broiler sets the eggs more quickly and crisps up the kale.

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[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

Herb Waffles with Sausage, Peppers, and a Fried Egg
Herb Waffles with Sausage, Peppers, and a Fried Egg

Although waffles are usually thought of as sugary treats, they're great savory, too. This dish includes garlic and fresh herbs in the batter, and then tops the waffles with quickly cooked peppers, sausages, and a runny fried egg.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Cheesy Mashed White Beans With Kale, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg
Cheesy Mashed White Beans With Kale, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg

Don't feel like taking the time to make grits? White beans, mashed up with plenty of dairy, can be a similarly creamy, satisfying breakfast dish. A runny egg only adds to the creaminess.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Breakfast Tacos with Crispy Potatoes, Chorizo, and Fried Egg
Breakfast Tacos with Crispy Potatoes, Chorizo, and Fried Egg

Getting your potatoes nice and crisp is the key to good breakfast tacos. Scrambled eggs might be traditional, but with a fried egg the yolk will provide an instant sauce. Just keep a few napkins on hand.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Easy Sweet Potato and Pepper Hash with Eggs
Easy Sweet Potato and Pepper Hash with Eggs

When making hash with a base of potatoes or sweet potatoes, par-boil them in salted water. Not only does this help season them to the center, but it also ensures that they'll be evenly cooked in the final dish, allowing you to focus only on the browning and crisping stages once they hit the hot oiled skillet.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Mushrooms, Bacon, and Asparagus Topped With Eggs
Mushrooms, Bacon, and Asparagus Topped With Eggs

This simple hash starts with bacon crisped in a skillet, with mushrooms browned in the bacon fat. It all forms a perfect base for some eggs fried until crisp-and-runny, the golden yolk forming a sauce for the asparagus, bacon and mushrooms.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Kerala Style Egg Gravy
Kerala Style Egg Gravy

A variety of spice powders give a bold flavor to this simple, easy dish. Depending on your mood, you would start with boiled eggs, or crack raw eggs straight into the tomato mixture.

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[Photograph: Prasanna Sankhe]

Kale with Chorizo and Poached Eggs
Kale with Chorizo and Poached Eggs

A runny egg yolk and chorizo fat provide a rich, porky dressing for the kale in this recipe.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Fried Eggs with Bacon and Ramps
Fried Eggs with Bacon and Ramps

It's ramps season, and you'd be foolish not to take advantage of them. In this simple breakfast dish, they're cooked in bacon fat and served with a fried egg.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Spring Salad of Asparagus, Ramps, Snap Peas, and Peas, with Poached Egg and Lemon  Zest Vinaigrette
Spring Salad of Asparagus, Ramps, Snap Peas, and Peas, with Poached Egg and Lemon Zest Vinaigrette

It's hard to find a better representation of spring than this beautiful green salad. Whatever green vegetables you can find get blanched and shocked in ice water, dressed with a simple vinaigrette, and topped with a poached egg.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Steak and Eggs with Smoked Paprika
Steak and Eggs with Smoked Paprika

The only secret weapon in this recipe is smoked paprika. This is the time for the expensive Spanish stuff. Just a little bit sprinkled on the end adds a grilled edge to the meal, even though everything is cooked in a skillet.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Spam and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches
Spam and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

Spam is something of a joke in the food world, but the scorn is undeserved. A salty slice of fried, crisp Spam paired with the runny yolk of a sunny side-up egg is a thing of beauty, especially when wedged into a toasted Hawaiian roll slathered in jelly.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Crispy Kale, Brussels Sprouts, and Potato Hash
Crispy Kale, Brussels Sprouts, and Potato Hash

Once you have the basic hash technique down, you're free to experiment with ingredients. This version uses kale, brussels sprouts, and onions.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Potato Pancakes With Oven-Roasted Thyme Applesauce, Sour Cream, and Poached Eggs
Potato Pancakes With Oven-Roasted Thyme Applesauce, Sour Cream, and Poached Eggs

How thick you make your potato pancakes is a matter of preference, but regardless of shape they're made better with roasted applesauce and poached eggs.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops and Fried Eggs
Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops and Fried Eggs

Any combination of pork and eggs makes for a satisfying brunch, but if you're looking for something a little different, try this take on the classic combination. Lean pork chops are treated with a brown sugar and paprika rub, then cooked in butter, and finished with bourbon. The resulting sweet and savory glaze is only improved by a topping of runny fried eggs.

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Quail Egg Canapés with Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Pickled Cucumbers
Quail Egg Canapés with Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Pickled Cucumbers

Chicken eggs are great, but to get extra fancy look to a different bird. Simple canapé composed of quick-pickled cucumbers, sliced avocados, smoked salmon and fried quail eggs make for beautiful, yet quick and easy, hors d'oeuvres.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Eggplant, Squash, and Cherry Tomato Hash With Baked Eggs
Eggplant, Squash, and Cherry Tomato Hash With Baked Eggs

This vegetable dish sits somewhere between ratatouille and hash, a mix of cooked vegetables topped with baked eggs. It'd be good at brunch, but also would work as lunch or a light dinner.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Cheesy Grits with Spring Vegetables
Cheesy Grits with Spring Vegetables

Grits practically beg to be topped with a saucy accompaniment, something that'll ooze extra flavor. A mix of spring vegetables and a poached egg will take your grits to the next level.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Ratatouille With Fried Eggs
Ratatouille With Fried Eggs

When preparing vegetables for ratatouille it's important that you cut them all into equally sized pieces, especially the peppers and summer squash, so that they cook evenly. That said, if you end up cutting the eggplant a little bigger, that's just fine—it tends to break down during the cooking process regardless, giving the ratatouille extra body and thickness

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Chilaquiles Verdes with Fried Eggs
Chilaquiles Verdes with Fried Eggs

Chilaquiles is a super-simple dish to make once you have the basic ingredients ready. All you've got to do is heat up some salsa in a pan, thin it out with a little water or chicken stock, fold in some chips, and top it all with a few garnishes: Mexican crema, crumbled cheese, sliced onions, chopped cliantro, and fried or scrambled eggs are all good choices.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Kimchi Fried Rice with Sautéed Squid and a Poached Egg
Kimchi Fried Rice with Sautéed Squid and a Poached Egg

Adding a full quarter of a cup of kimchi juice yield a fried rice with serious attitude. There's a pleasing and lingering heat, and a sharp and assertive acidity. Light, quickly cooked squid contrasts the rice, while a poached egg adds some extra protein and, of course, a wonderfully runny yolk.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Beet and Lentil Salad with Feta and Fried Eggs
Beet and Lentil Salad with Feta and Fried Eggs

Diced roasted beets are mixed with lentils and dressed with a mustard vinaigrette in this salad. Feta adds a salty kick, while fried eggs add some heft.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Benedict Rancheros
Benedict Rancheros

A mash up of two great breakfast dishes—eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros—these Benedict Rancheros are perfect for anytime eating. A corn muffin is topped with a layer of black beans (homemade or store bought, it's your call), poached eggs, and finished with a quick-cooked salsa.

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[Photograph: Ed Anderson]

Shakshuka
Shakshuka

This hearty North African dish is essentially the perfect brunch meal. Think crusty bread or warm pitas, scooping up runny yolks mingling with a spicy tomato sauce.

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[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]