10 Things to do with Spare Eggs

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Boiled, scrambled, poached, fried…the chances are that you are now running out of different ideas of what to do with the humble egg. There are many ways you can serve them, so here are some fresh new ideas for you to try:

Breakfast pizza

Forget the usual pizza ingredients; this one can be eaten for dinner and again for breakfast the next day, (if there’s any left!)

Spread a pizza base with tomato sauce, adding a little dried chilli for a kick. Scatter some mozzarella (or any ‘stringy’ cheese,) over and crack two eggs onto it. Add some crispy bacon if you wish. Bake for 12 minutes.

Breakfast risotto

A variation on a traditional risotto, but absolutely delicious. Make a risotto with diced leek and bacon; top with a fried or poached egg. The combination of creamy yolk with the rice is superb.

Frittata or Spanish omelette

Call it what you will, it amounts to the same thing and is an ideal way of using up left-over veg, making it the perfect tea for a Monday. Fry a chopped onion in a little vegetable oil and add any veg you have to hand; the more veg you use, the more nutritious and filling the end result will be. Beat some eggs together and pour into the pan, turning the heat down to a low. Keep tipping the pan to get the raw egg to the edges and lift with a spatula to let it run into the pan. Sprinkle with grated cheese when set and finish off under the grill or in a pre-heated oven.

Baked potato with egg

Bake some potatoes, scoop out the flesh and mash with a little butter. Place back into the potato shells, top with an egg and return to the oven for around 8 minutes, or until eggs are set.

Egg curry

Halve hard boiled eggs and place on a plate. Top with curry sauce and serve with rice; an often-forgotten favourite from my school days.

Crust-less quiches

Line a muffin tin with a half slice of boiled ham in each hole. Beat together eggs, grated cheese, chopped spring onion and any other veg, such as chopped mushrooms. Pour the quiche mixture into the ham cases and bake for around 25 minutes, until set.

Bubble and squeak

Another Monday favourite. Chop an onion and fry with left-over veg and potato. Top with a yummy fried egg. Add brown sauce, and away you go!

Sweet soufflé omelette

Separate eggs and beat the whites as if you were making meringue. Beat the yolks with a pinch of salt and sugar, and fold into the whites, taking care not to knock the air out. Pour into a frying pan and cook gently. When half done, top with a spoon of your favorite jam, fold over and finish under a hot grill.

Huevos Rancheros

Traditionally a Mexican dish, this is ideal for using up a bit of left-over chilli. Mix chilli with a ton of chopped tomatoes to slacken it a bit and place in an oven-proof dish. Make some wells in it and crack an egg into them. Bake until set.

Beetroot pickled eggs

One to fascinate the kids! Soak hard boiled eggs in beetroot vinegar for two days in the fridge. The resulting colour is sure to make the kids want to try them!