The Egg is Taking Over the Food World

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One of my greatest culinary achievements was borne out of necessity. I was in a late-morning haze and needed sustenance, and I found some leftover chana masala and some rice in the fridge. While the rice and curry was heating in the microwave (stay classy, self), I fried an egg in pan coated (OK, drenched) in butter. I brightened things up a bit with a cautious squirt of hot sauce and then gently slid the fried egg on top of the bowl. It was one of the best hangover cures I've ever cobbled together.

I've got eggs on the brain because of the choose-your-own-adventure recipe generator Mark Bittman put together in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. In it, a reader can start at the top of a graphic and pick a base from ham, toast, cooked spinach or others, and descend like a haphazard Plinko chip through cooking methods and finishing ingredients, ending in a custom-made meal. I'd go with black beans topped with a fried egg and finished with roast chilies and guacamole if I had all those things lying around.

At one point a burger topped with an egg seemed like an act of supreme decadence. Now a burger without an egg seems incomplete. I'm wondering if actress Clara Peller, made popular in those mid-'80s Wendy's commercials, would now be asking, "Where's the yolk?" if she were with us today. Eggs might be taking over the world.

I've seen eggs on salads, eggs on sandwiches, eggs on steaks, eggs on rice bowls, and while I don't think eggs are quite as versatile as Sriracha, I'm hard pressed to come up with a long list of things eggs shouldn't go on.

In fact, as popular as the below Portlandia skit was, it could have been so much better. They should have adorned everything with eggs.


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15 comments
Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Scott has found eggs...wow!  What is next? I hear Tabasco is pretty good.  Stumbled into something called Chicken fried steak out here a while back. Hmm, I heard tell of a fish feline cross (Catfish?) that sounds pretty interesting. 

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

I love eggs! Fried egg on top of Mama dry noodles with some sriracha! Try it & thank me for years to come.

matt
matt

had an egg on my neopolitan pizza last week in france.  dallas needs to figure this out.  was delicious

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

The perfect food;  inexpensive, widely available, full of protein and nutrients, long shelf life, and versatile.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Spruce up boring scrambled eggs..... a little butter for the pan, mix in some milk, S&P, garlic marjoram and parsley... YUM.

Mervis
Mervis

Portlandia is greatness. The "Brunch" finale was hilarious.

Sachary
Sachary

I like to put an egg on my eggs. Egg-ception

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I had an egg on a burger last week. Damn thing was set. Why would ANYONE ever serve an over-hard egg on a burger? Shameful...

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Seems like kids prefer eggs to tofu as a meat replacement in stir fries also.

Mervis
Mervis

Yeah, was at The Waffle House the other night and I asked for a fried egg on my scrambled eggs. I felt so cool and ironic at the same time.

Sachary
Sachary

 I don't know anyone named "Any" so no.

City of Ate
City of Ate

ok, so STFU.......ahh hha hhhahhhahh!

Love,      Any

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