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YIELDS:

2 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 5 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 20 mins

TOTAL TIME:

0 hours 25 mins

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ingredients

5 Eggs, 1 egg used for brushing puff pastry

2 Tbsps. Heavy cream

10 Grinds of fresh black pepper

Pinch of Kosher Salt

1 Tbsp. Unsalted butter

4 Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups

4 Tsp. Crème Fraiche

2 Tsp. Salmon roe or caviar

Chopped chives to garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a bowl, mix 4 eggs, heavy cream, salt and pepper.

3. Put 4 puff pastry cups on a baking sheet. Put the yolk of one egg in a small dish and beat with a fork. (Discard the white or save for another use.) Brush the pastry with the egg yolk. Put in the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until puffed and golden brown.

4. In a large skillet, over medium low heat, spray the pan with cooking spray and add one tablespoon of butter. Let melt.

5. Add the egg mixture and just as the eggs start to set, slowly push the mixture from the outside of the skillet to the inside. Gently continue this process forming soft, loose curdles of scrambled eggs. You don’t want them dry and hard. Just soft, creamy and slightly wet. This will take several minutes so take your time.

6. Remove the cups from the oven and cut out the middle piece creating a cavity for the scrambled eggs. Serve that cut out piece on the side…so delicious!

7. Fill each cup with scrambled eggs, top with 1 Teaspoon of crème fraiche and a ¼ – ½ teaspoon of the salmon roe or caviar. Sprinkle with the chopped chives and serve.

NOTE: Every once in a while you want to WOW your guests. But whipping up really fancy, complicated dishes can be intimidating. So sometimes, I’ll experiment at brunch when things are slower and more relaxed and I don’t have to deliver 6 courses to the table. That’s exactly what I did with this brunch dish.

This is definitely a wow dish and it uses the best ingredients. The presentation is beautiful and its taste is the perfect balance of creamy and salty with just a touch of crunch from the puff pastry. But the good news is that this is not hard at all. The most challenging part is cooking your eggs.

I’ve grown up watching cooking shows on TV and over and over I’d hear that scrambled eggs were hard to do right. Hell, you throw the eggs in a bowl, beat them and dump them in a pan. You stir them once and cook them in a minute (Hey, it’s a fast breakfast during the week, right?).  Then you put them on a plate and you are done. What’s the big deal?

Well, then I ordered scrambled eggs in this little café on St. Marten during a vacation. Out came these soft, fluffy, absolutely delicious eggs that I was going to send back because they looked under done. Remembering all those cooking shows and how eggs were “supposed to be cooked”, I tried them. That was an aaahaa moment. I finally got it…low and slow with a touch of cream gets you the best eggs! It did take me quite a bit of practice being patient (not my strong suit). It’s not that it’s hard; they are just made slowly so they stay soft and creamy.

Full disclosure, I still do fast and hard when in a rush (Old habits die hard!) but for a leisurely brunch or when I want to WOW my guests, I take my time, scramble those eggs slowly and make this dish right. The extras come from the store bought puff pastry cups (delicious and so cute!), crème fraiche (a little step up from sour cream or yogurt) and the salmon roe. The chives add color and a light onion taste…perfect!

One last note on salmon roe vs. caviar: the choice is yours. My decision is usually driven by the cost. Let’s face it, caviar is expensive and the “good stuff” is really expensive. But I’ve found good quality salmon roe in some gourmet markets and/or the seafood markets. Gelsons, Bristol Farms and Whole Foods all carry options. You are just using a little bit in this recipe so if you are looking for another use, try my fast and easy appetizer recipe using salmon roe. Blini with Fat Free Greek Yogurt, Salmon Roe & Chives.

You’ll notice in this recipe that I’ve said 4 puff pastry cups serve two.  If I’m making this for a buffet where I’m serving several dishes, I’ll plan on one per person. If I’m just making it for two, I’ll plan on two per person. That is a nice size portion. For myself, I might only have one puff pastry cup and have it overflowing with the eggs. There are lots of choices for you and your guests. The egg mixture easily overfills four cups.

I’ve given you “estimates” on how much crème fraiche and salmon roe to use but that is totally up to you and your guests. You may want to set out little dishes of both so they can add extra.

Trust me on this dish, it is soooooo good!

 

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