Thursday, June 10, 2010

Egg in a Basket Topped Asparagus & Smoked Turkey

About a year ago during the Christmas season, we were cruising through Walmart (that's the only way you can walk through Walmart...cruising! )when my daughter Hannah started tugging on my shirt and saying, "Mommy, mommy look at those over there." I looked where she was pointing to and saw a huge cylinder box labeled 99 cookie cutters for every season. My first thought was, "Seriously, couldn't they have just made it a 100 ?! " My daughter brought me back to reality, "Mommy, I want to make cookies with you. Wouldn't those be the perfect ones to make cookies with ?" How can you say NO to that? So I caved in, and bought the box of cookie cutters, still feeling jibbed of that one cookie cutter that they left out. 

As you can see above, the cutters have come in pretty handy. Although, I will readily admit, I still haven't used ALL 99 of them yet. But, we have used them not only for cookies, but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in "neat" shapes, and these "nifty" egg in a basket toasts. From this recipe, I found out that Hannah LOVES asparagus, and my son Andrew spits it out. Oh well...Andrew likes tomatoes so that is a bit consoling. Next time I will just replace the asparagus with cut up tomatoes.  Enough of my is the amazing Ellie Krieger recipe. :)

Egg in a basket Recipe
4 servings
 3/4 lb asparagus stalks, bottoms removed
4 pieces of whole-wheat sandwich bread
6 oz sliced smoked turkey, cut into thin ribbons
black pepper to season
4 large eggs

1. Steam asparagus until crispy, about 3 minutes. Chop into 1/2" pieces
2. Spray both sides of bread with cooking spray. Use a cookie cutter (about 3 inch) to cut a hole or a fun pattern in the center of each bread slice.
3. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray. Cook turkey slices over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, until slightly browned. Add asparagus, season with pepper and cook for another couple minutes until asparagus has warmed through. Place on a plate and cover with tin foil to keep warm.
4. Place 2 of the bread slices and cut outs in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Crack one egg in the center of each bread (in the hole). Cook until egg white has set, about 2-3 minutes. Flip bread/egg slice. Cook for 1 more minutes. Repeat with remaining bread slices. Top each one with turkey asparagus mixture. Arrange cut outs on each plate. Delicious!


Plan and Prep Ahead

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner.

~Steam asparagus ahead of time and keep in fridge until ready to use.
~Cook turkey ahead of time and re-heat when ready to use.


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~Instead of asparagus try steamed broccoli, spinach, roasted bell pepper or tomatoes. 
~Sprinkle some mozzarella or Monterrey jack over the top during the last step of cooking.


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