Beautiful, vibrant, fabulous color is what I’m craving right about now. So I decide to dish myself up some (pun intended).
Would you just look at all the scrumptious color on that plate?
I haven’t seen that much color since, since…
Just saying the word makes me homesick for it.
I have had it with winter.
I look out the window with my nose pressed so hard against the cold glass that it fogs instantly) and all I can see is snow, snow, snow and more snow. I am doing all that I can right now to fight the winter blues. I look like a crazy person walking around my house in shorts while slathered in suntan lotion wearing sun glasses and flip flops (freezing my tookus off mind you) all in an attempt to feel like I am someplace (anyplace) besides a gloomy, cold, snowy place.
I take vitamin D.
I visualize myself laying out on a gorgeous white sandy beach.
I count the days until Spring.
But alas, I am still knee deep in winter.
So I turned to food for some comfort. And not the usual go to comfort food either. Nope. This was serious so I pulled out the big guns, I needed something delicious AND nutritious so I whipped up a packed-full-of-vitamins-put-a-happy-smile-on-my-face-breakfast this morning and now I feel that I can hold on until the sun shines warmly upon my face again.
Have you ever heard of egg-in-the-hole? Well this is a healthy take on that concept. I believe that I saw this idea in one of the 325 magazines that I am constantly flipping through but I can’t be sure of which one. Or exactly how they made it come to think of it. But I’ve been thinking about peppers and eggs for months now and I finally gave it a shot today and I’m happy to report- it’s easy. It’s scrumptious. AND it made my frown turn up-side-down.
Or sunny side up in this case.
All you need are eggs…
And a pepper.
I chose to use a red pepper but you could use any color you like. I happen to love red peppers and so do my kiddos. Not to mention Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so red seems to be the happenin’ color right now.
Come to think of it, this would make a perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast in bed treat by the way!
Hint, hint in case my handsome and strong wonderful husband happens to be reading this.
Slice your peppers into rings and remove the seeds.
A word of advice: when I tried my first egg-in-the-red pepper, the egg escaped from under the pepper slice so I decided to dip the pepper ring into some flour before putting it into the pan.
Worked like a charm.
Meanwhile, melt a pat of butter in a pan on med-high heat.
Drop the pepper, floured side down, into the bubbling butter and slightly press down with a spatula to help seal the edges.
Let the pepper cook for a few minutes and then crack the egg right into the center of the pepper.
Cook the egg until you’ve achieved your desired firmness, add some salt and pepper and dig in!
The sweet crunch of the red pepper paired with the savory fried egg is heavenly to say the least.
Now if this doesn’t turn your winter blues frown sunny-side-up then I don’t know what will.
Unless of course you live in Florida.
And if you do happen to live in Florida, can I come stay with you for awhile?
Just kidding. Kinda.
Here’s the recipe!
Red Pepper Egg-In-The-Hole
1 pepper (color of your choice)
1 pat of butter
What To Do:
In a medium-sized pan heat a pat of butter over medium-high heat.
While the pan is warming up slice the pepper into rings and remove seeds. Next dip one side of a pepper ring into a shallow bowl of flour and then place into sizzling skillet. Gently push the pepper ring down with spatula to allow pepper to stick to the bottom of the skillet. Let the pepper cook for 1-2 minutes .
Crack one egg into the center of the pepper and let cook until desired firmness.
Season with salt & pepper.