Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Breakfast De Luxe

Poached Eggs with Spinach and Crisp Prosciutto

Easter is near and at this time of the year there is nothing better than to enjoy a relaxed brunch with family and friends.
I love to celebrate this special occasion and try to surprise my guests with little treats and traditional, seasonal dishes.
Today's suggestion is a delicious, timeless recipe and by using crisp prosciutto instead of bacon it's lighter and healthier than the classic version.

You need:

2 extra  fresh eggs
200g (6.4 ounces) fresh spinach
1 teaspoon of vinegar or rice vinegar (optional)
2 slices of prosciutto
1/2  teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Wash the spinach and in the meantime boil water in a large pot. Cook the spinach for only 1 minute.

Once done, drain the water and press out excess liquid from the spinach. Then, chop the spinach roughly.

Lastly, add salt and pepper.

Crisp Prosciutto

Place the prosciutto on a baking sheet. If you want to make the prosciutto extra crisp, brush it with a bit of olive oil. Afterwards, bake it in a preheated oven at 200C (375 F) for about 15 minutes or until the proscuitto gets a darker color. To drain the excess fat, place the baked proscuitto on a paper towel.

The prosciutto will crisp after cooling down.

Poached eggs:
For the eggs, heat water in a medium pot until it is about to boil. Add a bit of salt and the vinegar if you wish.
Break an egg into a cup and put a ring mold in the water.

Then, drop the egg carefully into the ring mold. This way, it will keep a nice round shape.

You can also slide the egg gently into the water and, with the help of a spoon, push the eggwhite gently
towards the yolk until done.

Don't panic if the whole procedure looks a bit messy. This is happens but in the end everything will work out fine. Cook in almost boiling water for about 4 to 5 minutes until the eggwhite should is cooked, but still a bit wobbly.

Serves 2
Enjoy, see you next Tuesday!

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  1. Hi Daniela, that's a very scrumptious and healthy breakfast. Love your deluxe breakfast. Thanks for the step by step poached egg, mine always didn't turn out. Will try your method when I next make this. :)

    Have a lovely week ahead,take care my dear.

    P/S Your earlier comment refer my rice posting, it landed in my February blog anniversary posting. But it's ok as long as I received it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Amelia,
      Thank you so much, hope with this little trick the poached eggs will turn out fine!
      Sorry about posting my comment referring to your wonderful post about rice in the wrong section.
      Will repost it, this time where it was
      originally meant to be :)
      Have a great week ahead!

  2. This breakfast looks very hearty and delicious! I love it and the tips for poaching eggs!

    1. Hi Amy,
      so glad you found the tips about poaching eggs useful!
      You will see, it's quite easy :)

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you, actually it was my sons idea to present it this way :)

  4. I love poached eggs! I sometimes have used a mold, but more often just plop it (gently!) into the water. And sometimes do the spoon thing to help shape it. I've never crisped prosciutto like that - definitely something I should try. This recipe would indeed make a wonderful breakfast, or first course for dinner! Really nice - thanks.


    1. Hi John,
      the crisp Prosciutto is really worth while trying, glad you liked the recipe.
      What a great idea to serve this meal as an entrance ,thank you!

  5. Daniela, I haven't used prosciutto in any way except with chicken, but I love this idea, especially with the addition of spinach. You've given us a definitely healthy, yet tasty breakfast.

  6. Hi Kathleen,
    thank you for your kind words, I'm very glad you liked the recipe and the way the Prosciutto was prepared :)

  7. What a gorgeous way to start the day. The world would be a better place if we all began with a breakfast such as this :-). Your blog is a visual delight and I love to visit here. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. Hi Mary,
    thank you, I really appreciate your kind words.
    I'm with you - a relaxed breakfast gives you positive energy for the whole day and is so enjoyable :)
    Thanks for visiting.

  9. Your prosciutto looks perfectly crisped and your egg is so beautifully poached. Lovely dish.

  10. Hi Denise,
    I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe!
    Thanks for dropping by.

  11. Lovely photos, Daniela. Bright, clear and ever so tempting. A healthy way to start the morning. Much prefer proscuitto to bacon anyway! :)

    1. Hi Barbara,
      Thank you so much for your kind feedback I really appreciate it!

  12. Great pictures, the prosciutto looks so delicious right now!

    1. Thank you Natalie ,glad you liked the pictures. The prosciutto tastes good,too :)
      Thanks for visiting.

  13. A feast for the eyes AND tummy! Great instruction and photos!

  14. I struggled for quite a while to get the poached eggs right but now I think I've got the trick :)


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