Crimson Nest Eggs
This recipe is an old B&B standby that first appeared, I am told, in "The Best Of Bridge". It was originally called Scotty's Nest Eggs and was a recipe by a man called Scotty who made it for his special breakfast guests. The ladies from the Best of Bridge swear that this recipe is the reason Scotty is not longer a bachelor!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Bake for 15-17 minutes depending on the type of muffin pan you have
- Place meat into a regular muffin tin. I have used Black forest ham in the past. It makes a lovely ruffle around the edges. These days I have been using Montreal smoked beef as I have many guests who do not eat pork. Because Montreal smoked beef is often thin, I wrap 2 pieces around the outside and put 1/2 piece in the middle to cover the hole. If the meat is thick you can cut the edges so it folds nicely.
- I like to put a little mustard in the bottom of the meat cup
- crack an egg into the cup
- pour a teaspoon full of cream on top of the egg
- Put some shredded cheese on top. I have been using a Gouda spiced with caraway to go with the Montreal smoked beef. If I was using ham, I would put pepper on the egg, and use a swiss cheese that I would spice with basil
- Put in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes
- Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes while you prepare the plate
You can create the nest out of many things. I have seen the nest egg perched on an English muffin or in a bed of sprouts. I like to spiralize raw beets in a spralizer and make a crimson nest for the eggs. It goes particularly well with the Montreal smoked beef and the caraway cheese. Sometimes I add a little alph alpha srouts in the center.
Remove the nest eggs with a folk and place them on a piece of paper towel to dry off any extra liquid before placing them in the nest.
Serve them with toast, English muffins, or biscuits. Nasturtiums make a lovely garnish and the spicey taste goes well with this dish.
At a B&B as at home you often have guests who have specialty diets. This is a great dish because it can be altered in many ways.
- If you are serving this to someone who cannot have milk or cheese, elliminate the milk and add some cooked spinach on top of the egg instead of cheese. Add a bit more cooked spinach at the end if it is looking a little dry
- If you are preparing this dish for vegetarians you will find plenty of spinach nest egg recipes on the internet. I have tried making the nest out of grated sweet potatoes and eggs for those on a paleo diet that can't have processed meats.