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~ La-di-da Breakfast: Lox, Caviar & Frambled Eggs ~

6a0120a8551282970b01b7c7f25a28970bIf you are ever lucky enough to have lox and caviar in your refrigerator in the morning, there is no reason under the sun not to make this decadent three-minute breakfast -- it is an exercise in simplicity and tastes as pretty as this picture too.  The classic caviar service I served as an hors d'oeuvres on Thanksgiving Day left me with a package of lox, a container of caviar, and a few small bowls of meticulously chopped accompaniments -- all good stuff. What's a girl to do?  

Turn yesterday's classy appetizer into today's la-di-da breakfast!

IMG_8223Besides caviar and buckwheat blini (or toast points), a caviar service includes:  Sour cream (or creme fraiche), chopped hard-cooked egg (whites and yolks served separately), minced red onion and minced chives. Small chunks of  pickled herring and thin slices of smoked salmon are often included too.  Any or all of these items, fresh or leftover, are easily incorporated into a decadent breakfast sandwich or omelette.

So, what the heck is a frambled egg?  A funny typo?

IMG_8450 IMG_8457 IMG_8460 IMG_8463 IMG_8465 IMG_8468"Frambled".  The first time I saw this funny word in print I thought it was a typo.  The definition revealed it is a new-fangled cooking term for something many of us "older" foodies, like myself, have been doing for years:  

Making scrambled eggs without whisking the egg first.  

IMG_8468Making a frambled egg is even easier than making a scrambled egg (you don't even need to get out a bowl or a whisk):  

Break one or two eggs into an 8" skillet over medium-high heat containing 1-1 1/2  teaspoons melted butter (as if you were going to fry an egg).  Using the spatula, break the yolk (on purpose), season with salt and pepper, then, fry until the yolks are just set, less than one minute -- do not overcook.  

IMG_8472The end result is a "marbled" effect: Perfectly cooked egg white with streaks of perfectly cooked yolk running through it.  If you want to add other ingredients (an herb, minced onion, bacon bits, etc.), add them with the salt and pepper. Depending upon how you play this game, if you add some grated cheese near the end, you can even make a frambled omelette!  

"Frambled" is supposed to mean "a cross between a fried egg and a scrambled egg".  For fifty years I've been calling these "lazy scrambled eggs", because it is easier than making scrambled eggs.  For forty years my kids have been calling them "ugly eggs" because they are!

Lightly toast & butter an English muffin -- trust me, butter makes this better: 

IMG_8476Add a couple of really nice slices of lox (smoked salmon):

IMG_8483Add a frambled egg.  Top w/sour cream, chives & caviar (I like mine w/o the roe):  

IMG_8490La-di-da Breakfast: Lox, Caviar and Frambled Eggs:  Recipe yields instructions for making one or two frambled eggs at a time and a darn good open-faced la-di-da breakfast sandwich too.

Special Equipment List:  8" nonstick skillet; nonstick spatula

6a0120a8551282970b017d3eee0d28970cCook's Note:  While I love a fancy la-di-da breakfast as much as the next person, I like another 3-minute breakfast even more -- a perfectly cooked 3-minute egg.  My recipe for ~ A Simply Satisfying Breakfast:  Soft-Cooked Eggs ~ can be found in Categories 3 or 20.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2015) 


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