My husband likes to host brunch because that’s about the only time I make crepes, which he loves. So today we had a very small end-of-year brunch. I did make the crepes (filled with, variously, Nutella & cream cheese, mangoes & Ikea mixed-berry jam, and lemon curd), sausages, gingerbread (made yesterday), and two dishes baked in the oven. If you’re going to be frying sausages and filling-rolling-frying crepes, a couple of baked dishes are called for – you can’t really be also scrambling eggs and frying potatoes at the same time.
Oven fries are super-easy and convenient. Nothing fancy or complicated here. I peeled two sweet potatoes and cut into wedges, along with about six Russet potatoes (not peeled), put them in a baking dish and tossed with about 2 tablespoons olive oil. Into a 400 degree oven they went.
This is an egg dish I made up last year for brunch. So simple!
Melt a little butter in a frying pan and add cleaned, drained fresh spinach. Cook just until the spinach is lightly wilted, then spread in a baking pan. Here I used a 5-0unce container of raw spinach leaves. Top with one or two tomatoes, diced.
Break as many eggs as needed onto the spinach and tomatoes, being careful to not break the yolks, unlike what I did here. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then strew grated cheese atop the eggs. If you’re in a mood to say, “Damn the cholesterol count!” then pour some half-and-half or heavy cream over the eggs as well.
When the potatoes are almost done – 45 minutes to an hour – put the eggs in the oven alongside them.
When the eggs are set – the ones in the center will take longer than the ones near the edge – they’re done.
Cut the egg dish with a spatula to serve. If you have plenty of Lipitor on hand, make some Hollandaise or Bearnaise sauce available to pour over.
Instead of spinach, you could put the eggs on top of a bed of sautéed mushrooms, sautéed zucchini, chili con queso, pico de gallo, a bag of frozen artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, black beans, corned beef hash, lentils & salsa, or whatever else you think baked eggs would be good with.
See also the brunch tags for other brunch suggestions.