Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Egg Bruschetta with Pesto

This is the first week of Food Network's Comfort Food Feast series recipe roundup. Each week a group of selected bloggers will create recipes using the same topic. We will share all the posts on each of our blogs giving our readers a plethora of choices for creating warm, comforting, delicious dishes perfect for the cold winter months. Please check back each week to view the posts and feel free to share your own favorite recipes in the comments section.

The schedule is as follows:
9: Breakfast 
16: Macaroni and Cheese
23: Casseroles
30: Sliders 

6: Chicken 
13: Comforting Valentine’s desserts
20: Melted cheese sandwiches
27: Cookies

6: Pizza
13: Potatoes
20: Most comforting peanut butter recipes

For "breakfast week" I decided to share one of my favorites...easy, simple, elegant enough for company, delicious. You can use best quality purchased pesto when basil is out of season what I do...make huge batches of pesto in summer...freeze in small containers...and use throughout the year. Or make pesto with your favorite green...kale, spinach, parsley are all delicious substitutions.

Egg Bruschetta with Pesto
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 oz parmigiano-reggiano cheese, cut into 2 pieces
2 garlic cloves
1 fresh red cayenne pepper (or other fresh hot red pepper), seeded
5 cups basil leaves (packed)
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper
whole wheat sourdough baguette
6 fresh organic eggs
extra virgin olive oil for skillet and drizzling
12 baby spinach leaves chopped for garnish (optional)

Toast pine nuts in skillet until just beginning to brown.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Add cheese to food processor fitted with the chopping/mixing blade.  Process until cheese is grated.  Add cooled pine nuts, garlic and red pepper and process until all ingredients are finely grated.  Add half of basil leaves, lemon juice and 1/4 cup olive oil and process until smooth but with a bit of texture. Add remaining basil, remaining olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Process until well mixed.  Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.

Slice bread into twelve 3/4 to 1 inch thick pieces.  Toast in oven or toaster until golden brown. Slather pesto over bruschetta.

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough olive oil to lightly cover pan.  Crack eggs into skillet and turn heat down to medium-low.  Cover pan and cook for 3 1/2-5 minutes or until whites are set and yolk is cooked to your preference. (I like mine runny so I cook for 3 1/2 minutes.)

Place 2 pieces bruschetta on each plate and top with 1 egg per serving.  Serve immediately topping egg with sea salt, pepper & chopped spinach leaves.
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It is "Breakfast" week at Food Network's Comfort Food Feast. Check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends.  Have a favorite breakfast recipe of your own? Please share in the comments section of this post. 

Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Broccoli and Goat Cheese Omelet
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins
Feed Me Phoebe: Amaranth Breakfast Porridge with Blueberry Compote
Weelicious: Crispy Orange Stuffed French Toast Sticks
Devour: Bobby's Breakfast for Dinner Recipes
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Egg Bruschetta with Pesto
Red or Green: Huevos Rancheros
Dishing With Divya: Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Sweet Toast
Virtually Homemade: Crescent Dough Breakfast Skillet
Taste With The Eyes: Kimchi & Cheddar Omelette
Blue Apron Blog: 7 Breakfast for Dinner Ideas from Around the World
Dishin & Dishes: Shirred Eggs (Baked Eggs)
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Peasant Omelette
Domesticate Me: "Shakshuka" Egg White Frittata with Turkey Sausage
The Sensitive Epicure: "Egg In The Hole" with Sauteed Spinach
The Heritage Cook: Southwest Breakfast Hash
FN DishWake Up to Breakfast

napa farmhouse 1885

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Emma T said...

Wow, that looks amazing. I'd never think of doing pesto or egg together, but fancy trying it for brunch one day.

diane said...

Thanks Emma,
Please let me know if you give it a try and what you think.

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