Fried Eggs With Ramps, Morels, and Bacon Recipe

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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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How to Make Extra-Crispy Fried Eggs

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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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 large eggs

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 slices hearty buttered toast

  • Sliced fresh chives, to garnish

Directions

  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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Special Equipment

10-inch cast iron skillet or 10-inch stainless steel skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
612 Calories
49g Fat
26g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 612
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 261mg 87%
Sodium 836mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 171mg 13%
Iron 13mg 73%
Potassium 772mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)