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

  • Sous-Vide Soft Poached Eggs

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Spicy Potato, Bok Choy, and Shallot Hash

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict With Dill Hollandaise

    Sydney Oland

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

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    Sautéed Asparagus with Chorizo, Fried Eggs, and Smoked Paprika Allioli

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    That's no typo, this smoky allioli is the Spanish version of aioli. It's a great accompaniment to sautéed asparagus, chorizo, and a fried egg.

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    Chorizo, Avocado, and Egg Cemitas with Chipotle Mayonnaise

    Marvin Gapultos

    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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    Baked Eggs With Mushrooms, Cheddar, and Ham

    Lauren Rothman

    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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    Dinner Tonight: Peppery Pasta Carbonara with Poached Egg

    Nick Kindelsperger

    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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    Eggs Baked on Grits with Bacon and Tomatoes

    Sydney Oland

    Tomatoes add sweetness and acidity to this dish of creamy grits and smoky bacon. If you have a few peppers in your fridge, they make a great addition to the mix. Best of all, the whole thing's ready to be eaten in about half an hour.

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    Spicy Tomato Sauce With Lentils and Baked Eggs

    Yasmin Fahr

    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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    Herb Waffles with Sausage, Peppers, and a Fried Egg

    Sydney Oland

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

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Skillet Barley With Kale and Eggs

    Yasmin Fahr

    Preparing barley in a style reminiscent of risotto gives you something soft, but with a slight bite. This base is perfect for kale and baked eggs.

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    Breakfast Tacos with Crispy Potatoes, Chorizo, and Fried Egg

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Easy Sweet Potato and Pepper Hash with Eggs

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Mushrooms, Bacon, and Asparagus Topped With Eggs

    Sydney Oland

    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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    José Andrés's Fried Egg with Chorizo

    Nick Kindelsperger

    Trust José Andrés to turn frying an egg and reheating chorizo into art. Infusing olive oil with garlic gives you just enough flavor without the astringency. Consider serving the dish with some greens on the side.

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    Kerala Style Egg Gravy

    Prasanna Sankhe

    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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    Kale with Chorizo and Poached Eggs

    Nick Kindelsperger

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

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    Fried Eggs with Bacon and Ramps

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Brussels Sprouts Hash with Fried Sage and Soft Cooked Eggs

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    The real key to great hash is making sure that everything is browned properly. Hash has to have color on it. In this hash, brussels sprouts and shallots are flavored with fried sage.

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

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Steak and Eggs with Smoked Paprika

    Nick Kindelsperger

    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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    Spam and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches

    Marvin Gapultos

    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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    Eggs Baked in Avocado

    Sydney Oland

    Some people are put off by the idea of warm avocado, but its texture is not really altered by a quick 10 minutes in the oven, and the runny yolk surrounded by creamy, tender avocado is a true game-changer. Garnish with lime, cilantro, scallions, and keep plenty of tortillas on hand to maneuver and squish the egg and avocado out of the avocado skin.

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    Crispy Kale, Brussels Sprouts, and Potato Hash

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

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

    Jennifer Olvera

    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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    Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops and Fried Eggs

    Sydney Oland

    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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    Kale, Parmesan, and Fried Egg Tartine

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    For this simple tartine, toast you bread, then cover it with as much kale as you can (it shrinks down as it cooks). Broil it until crisp and top the whole thing with an egg fried in olive oil, as well as plenty of Parmesan cheese.

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    Quail Egg Canapés with Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Pickled Cucumbers

    Marvin Gapultos

    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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    Eggplant, Squash, and Cherry Tomato Hash With Baked Eggs

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Cheesy Grits with Spring Vegetables

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Black Bean, Avocado, and Egg Tostadas

    Sydney Oland

    If you've never made tostadas, then you're in for a treat. That is, if you like things that are crunchy, salty, and topped with eggs and avocados. It may seem like a lot of work for what is essentially a plate of breakfast nachos, but trust us—take the time to get each component of this dish right and you will have a bowl of beans soaking on your counter every Saturday night.

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    Ratatouille With Fried Eggs

    Sydney Oland

    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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    Chilaquiles Verdes with Fried Eggs

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    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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    Kimchi Fried Rice with Sautéed Squid and a Poached Egg

    Nick Kindelsperger

    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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    Chive Biscuit Sandwich with Cheddar Spread, Canadian Bacon, and a Fried Egg

    María del Mar Sacasa

    These chive biscuits are great on their own, but are even better sandwiching Canadian bacon, fried eggs, and a tangy cheddar spread.

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    Beet and Lentil Salad with Feta and Fried Eggs

    Lauren Rothman

    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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    Benedict Rancheros

    Ed Anderson

    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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    Shakshuka

    Yasmin Fahr

    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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    Crispy Potato, Chorizo, and Green Chili Hash With Avocado and Eggs

    J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    This hash features ultra-crisp potatoes fried in chorizo fat with chunks of chorizo, seared green chilies, and scallions, all topped with baked eggs, avocado, and cilantro. It's a heck of a way to start the day.

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