Thursday, February 11, 2010
Smothered Eggs in Spoonbread
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Curiosity and experimentation led me to the version of the recipe you see today. I'm the child of died in the wool Yankees, so it should come as no surprise to hear that I was nearly 40 before spoonbread crossed my lips. Sad to say, it was not love at first bite. Spoonbread, for those unfamiliar with it, is a bit like a pudding or souffle made with cornmeal. While I liked the texture, I thought it was very bland and didn't bother with it for another 20 years. I revisited it because I was looking for new ways to serve baked eggs and thought spoonbread might work if the ingredients could be revved up. That can sometime be dangerous, especially if you're working on recipes for breakfast or brunch. I think I finally have the right balance for this one. It's perfect for a holiday brunch or breakfast in bed. I've added andouille sausage and red pepper flakes so this is definitely spoonbread with an attitude. If you'd like to try something different for a change, I recommend this. I've scaled the recipe for two but it can be doubled if need be. One caution, don't overcook these. You want the egg set but not hard cooked and the center of the spoonbread should be pudding moist. Here's the recipe.
Smothered Eggs in Spoonbread...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Jesse Ziff Cool
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 cup coarse cornmeal
4 eggs, divided use
1/4 cup butter, divided use
1/2 cup milk
4 ounces Andouille, cut in 1/2-inch dice
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two (2-cup) ramekins with 1 tablespoon butter. Set aside.
2) Combine water, salt, sugar and cornmeal in a medium saucepan. Gradually bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until cornmeal thickens. Add 3 tablespoons butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
3) Separate two eggs. Add yolks to milk. Stir into cornmeal mixture. Fold in sausage and onions and let cool for 15 minutes. Add baking powder, thyme and pepper flakes. Mix well.
4) Meanwhile beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold whites, one third at a time into cornmeal mixture.
5) Spoon half of batter into ramekins. Crack an egg in center of each one. Spread remaining batter over eggs but do not cover them completely. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until egg white is firm and yolk cooked. Serve hot. Yield: 2 servings.