|These Fifteen Minute Salsa Verde Eggs were a breakfast experiment that's a definite keeper.|
The idea of eggs cooked in some kind of spicy sauce is what has inspired famous dishes like Shakshuka and Huevos Rancheros. I could have been thinking something like that when this simple breakfast idea popped into my mind, but truthfully I think the recipe was most inspired by a jar of salsa verde that I stumbled across in the pantry. These days I'm alternating between trying not to think about my pantry (full of various heavy cans and bottles that will need to be moved to the new house) and gazing into the shelves trying to imagine what I can use up before moving day. This was one of those "What can I make with ingredients I already have?" kind of experiments, and wow, did I love this easy breakfast. I ate it with some low-carb tortillas to dip into the egg yolk, and savored every bite.
There are two reasons for putting the eggs into little dishes before you start heating the sauce. Not only does it help them come to room temperature (so the whites cook quickly and keep the yolks runny) but it also helps you get them into the frying pan without breaking the yolks.
I made a single serving in an 8 inch frying pan; just double the recipe to make Salsa Verde Eggs for Two in a larger pan. Start by putting 1/2 cup of your favorite Salsa Verde into a frying pan that you've sprayed with olive oil or nonstick spray.
Cook the salsa verde over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until it's bubbling. (Getting the eggs piping hot like this is important so the whites cook quickly and leave the yolks soft.
Then gently nestle the eggs on top of the spicy sauce. The white should almost immediately start to cook if your salsa verde is nice and hot.
Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of grated cheese over the eggs, cover, and cook on medium-low for about 3-4 minutes, or until the whites are firm and yolks are still soft. (Or cook them to your liking if you're not into soft yolks.
Season eggs with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot, with tortillas to dip into the yolks if desired.
(Makes one serving, but can easily be doubled with a larger pan for two servings. Recipe created by Kalyn when she had a jar of salsa verde that needed to be used.)
1/2 cup salsa verde (green chile salsa)
2 T grated cheese (I used Kirkland Four Cheese Mexican Blend from Costco, which is a blend of low-fat cheeses.)
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
flour tortillas for serving (optional; I ate mine with low-carb tortillas)
Break each egg into a small bowl and let the eggs come to room temperature while you warm the salsa. (This may seem like a fussy step, but it really will give you a better result.)
Spray an 8" frying pan with olive oil or non-stick spray. Add 1/2 cup of salsa verde and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the salsa is piping hot and starting to bubble. Gently nestle the eggs into the salsa, sprinkle with cheese, reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pan with a lid, and cook 3-4 minutes, or until the whites are firm and the yolks are still soft. (Or cook to your liking if you don't like soft eggs.) While the eggs are cooking, heat or microwave the tortillas if you're using them.
When eggs are done, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot, with tortillas if desired.
South Beach Suggestions:
The eggs alone would be a very low-glycemic meal and approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet. If you eat your eggs with whole wheat or low-carb tortillas, dish dish would be phase 2 or 3 for South Beach.
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.
More Spicy Breakfasts with Eggs:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Shakshuka ~ Smitten Kitchen
Mexican Baked Eggs with Black Beans, Tomatoes, Green Chiles, and Cilantro ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Baked Eggs in Spicy Sauce ~ Healthy. Delicious.
Bobbi's Egg and Green Chile Breakfast Casserole ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
North Indian Egg Curry ~ Viet World Kitchen
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