Crimson Nest Eggs

  • 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

Nest:

  • 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

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.

Variations

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.