Fried Eggs With Ramps, Morels, and Bacon Recipe

Fried Eggs With Ramps, Morels, and Bacon Recipe

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt. Video: Serious Eats Video.]

There's not really much to say about fried eggs with ramps and morels sautéed in butter (and a little bacon fat), other than that, with the exception perhaps of a perfectly fresh everything bagel with cream cheese, it's my favorite breakfast.

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  • Yield:Serves 2
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (100g) diced bacon
  • 6 ounces morel mushrooms (about 3 cups; 160g), cleaned, trimmed, and cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, divided
  • 6 ounces ramps (about a dozen ramps; 160g), root ends trimmed, white bottoms separated from green tops
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 slices hearty buttered toast
  • Sliced fresh chives, to garnish

Directions

  1. 1.

    Heat bacon along with 1 tablespoon (15ml) water in a medium cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat, stirring, until water evaporates, bacon fat renders, and bacon is completely crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a bowl and set aside.

  2. 2.

    Return skillet to medium-high heat until lightly smoking. Add morels and cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until barely starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon (15g) butter and cook, stirring, until morels are nicely browned but not burnt, 1 to 2 minutes longer.

  3. 3.

    Add ramps and cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until whites are browned and tender and greens are crisp in spots, about 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons (30ml) water, soy sauce, lemon juice, and remaining tablespoon butter. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. 4.

    Heat canola oil in a medium nonstick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add eggs, season with salt and pepper, and cook, occasionally using a spoon to baste hot oil over the whites to help them cook, until whites are set, edges are crisp, and yolk is still runny.

  5. 5.

    Place a slice of toast on each of two plates. Top each with a fried egg. Return morel/ramp mixture to high heat and stir in bacon. Cook over high heat until liquid reduces to a creamy, emulsified sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon morels and ramps over and around fried eggs. Sprinkle with chives and serve.