Monday, May 24, 2010

Eggs in Baskets with Candied Bacon & Eggland's Best Picked me as a Grand Prize Winner!

Last week, I had a very unexpected surprise sent to me via an Email from Foodbuzz.  Last February, I redeemed a coupon for a dozen eggs from Eggland's Best Eggs, that was sent to me as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program.  I was delighted, because I love their eggs. Truthfully, I do pay a little extra when it comes to buying eggs. I really can taste the difference as compared to commercially inexpensive eggs.   I decided to make Eggs in Purgatory, which turned out to be healthy and delicious.

I  uploaded the photos of my dish onto Eggland's Best's Foodbuzz Web page, and that was that.
Three months later, the email said that  I won the Grand Prize from Eggland's Best!  I've finally been given the green light to announce this, since it's now posted.  What did I win? I'll tell you, after I share with you another egg recipe that I made with-- what else-- Eggland's Eggs.  I was inspired to make this while channel surfing, and I caught a Food Network show that I rarely watch (not enough time in the day). The show is called "Cooking for Real" and I decided to improvise a bit. 'Nuff said, let me just show you:
 Instead of using Prosciutto, I decided to make Candied Bacon.   My family is very happy (and greedy) when I make this. If you've never tried this technique, you will thank me if you do.  The saltiness of the bacon, with a brown sugar glaze coating... even I-- the not-so-wild-about-bacon-person has a hard time resisting these. It takes about 25 minutes to make these, so I started these in the oven, first.  Once they were finished, I let them cool a bit, and chopped them...

Make extra.  Trust me.  I had to fend off hungry hands from snatching these!



I love Yukon Gold Potatoes. You can use Russetts, but unpeeled Yukon Golds are my choice.  Using my food processor, these were quickly grated.  Squeeze all of the extra moisture with a towel (I like to use my potato ricer...it works great!  I grated a few too many taters, so I stored them in the fridge in some water. It works great! I decided to go for extra-virgin olive oil, rather than melted butter and I added salt & pepper, to taste.  Give it all a toss and now...you need a giant muffin tray, or you can use oven-proof ramekins.

  Spray the muffin tin lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Press the grated potatoes evenly into the muffin cups being sure the potatoes go up the sides and a thin layer and covers the bottom. Bake until the top edges turn light golden brown and the potatoes are cooked through, about 35 to 40 minutes.

 Shrinkage! These are ready for the next step...

Remove the potatoes from the oven and gently crack an egg into each cup. Bake until the egg whites set but the yolk remains runny, about 6 to 8 minutes.

 I decided to top the eggs with the chopped candied bacon.  Then, 


Top the eggs with grated cheese.  I used what I had in the fridge, but you could use Provolone.   Broil both until cheese melts,  about 1 minute. If using the Prosciutto, put that on the very top so it can broil along with the cheese. As for us-- I made extra candied bacon.  

Breakfast is ready!

The yolks are cooked exactly as we like them!  The potatoes were perfect for soaking the beautiful yolks.  The sweet & salt of the bacon was perfect.

VERDICT:  Awesome!  I'm so glad that I made the candied bacon. The Prosciutto and maple syrup combo sounds good, but I'm sold on the bacon bits.  In fact, the next day, I squeezed the water out of the leftover shredded Yukon Gold's from the fridge and...

 ...here it is in a ramekin.  You can view the original recipe here.

So, what did I win?  We'll start with one year's worth of Eggland's Best Eggs. Thanks!  Drumroll...
I also won a $500.00 gift certificate at any spa of my choice!  You cannot understand just how much I appreciate this prize.  You see, I am a (retired) licensed esthetician who owned a facial business and worked at spas for 15 years!  For once, I get to be the Princess and I get to be pampered!  After the wild week at work, since our students will graduate this Friday, I will be more than ready to spend a day in a massage room, with a nice manicure and pedicure.  Wow!

The printed recipes are at the bottom of this post.  I might be scarce for most of this week, but I'll do my best to share more recipes.  I'm behind in visiting my blogger friends, but I'll catch up!  I miss y'all!

A very happy,











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33 comments:

Kait said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you and I can see why you won. That is a terrific dish.

We're shopping around for chickens and hope to start raising our own this summer. I'll let you know how they taste compared to Eggland's best.

Enjoy the spa!!!

Monica H said...

That is so awesome Debby! You deserve some the recognition and some peaceful time for yourself. Enjoy it my friend!

And eggs for a year- double awesome! I love me some eggs :-)

oh runny yolks. mmm!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Congratulations, Debby - what a beautiful job! The baskets are lovely - a work of culinary art!

Susan said...

Congratulations and it is well deserved. Your eegg dish looks wonderful. No one will miss this meal!!! Enjoy the spa. A fine reward after a busy school year.

Robin said...

wow! how beautiful!! I can't wait to try.... and a huge congratulations for winning. You deserve it!! Enjoy your prize! I am jealous :)

Salsa Verde said...

First of all, congratulations!!! This dish looks absolutely amazing and the bacon, so crispy...
My mouth is watering right now...
XXXX
Lia.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

OMG - I am hungering for that egg dish - it looks fantabulous. No wonder you won - Congratulations.

Stacey Snacks said...

Congratulations Deb!!!! How great is that?
My eggs in a basket are my popular post ever on stumbleupon, it gets over 300 hits per day!
People love eggs in a muffin tins, and your potato baskets make them special (and that beautiful candied bacon!).
You deserve the spa day! enjoy it!
Stace

Chef E said...

Oh you know how to get my goat in the morning! I have never made this, nor seen such a pretty presentation!

Love runny eggs and toasty hash browns, love it...

Eileen said...

Congratulations that is so very exciting! I will definetly be trying out your eggs in a basket. My family loves breakfast!

Ingrid said...

Congrats, Debby!
~ingrid

Carla and Michael said...

I would have been happy to win just their free eggs for a year, let alone the spa day. I use their eggs all the time too.
These eggs in baskets look fabulous and the candied bacon, perfect.

bellini valli said...

How exciting to have won and now to be pampered!!!Congratulations!!!Thanks for sharing both of these delicious egg dishes:D

Holly said...

Wow!!! How awesome for you-spa treatments!!! The eggs in a basket look so delicious-I'm printing it:)

Phoo-D said...

How exciting! Congratulations! Eggs in purgatory is a marvelous dish. I love the idea of candied bacon too!

Katherine said...

That recipe deserved to win, it's so unique and YUMMY!! Keep up the great cooking and I'm sure you'll continue to win many more competitions :)

Joanne said...

Congrats babe! This is such awesome news! you'd better do a whole bunch of baking with all those eggs...meringues, puddings..the works!

These eggs in a basket look fantastic. I lvoe the sound of candied bacon!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Congratulations. You deserve it and I hope you enjoy your time at the spa. Those eggs in a basket are the cutest things I've ever seen. You made them sound so easy too. I didn't know eggs could look so glamorous.
Sam

Velva said...

Congratulations! I can see why you won these eggs in a basket look awesome...With candied bacon too, amazing.

Enjoy your spa day. Much deserved.

Muneeba said...

You used to be an esthetician?? You're one talented chica! Congrats on the grand prize ... u deserve it .. pampering n all! Eggs look scrumptious .. must make soon :)

Cathy said...

Congratulations , Debby. A Spa day sounds so wonderful and luxurious. And eggs for a year...Fantastic!

I can't wait to try this recipe with the candied bacon topper. Just printed it!

Coni said...

Congratulations! You deserve it. You make beautiful and tasty food. The dish looks amazing and I look forward to making it soon.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Congrats on your win!

The eggs in their little potato nests look wonderful. My husband would appreciate that.

Raina said...

Congratulations! With egg dishes like this, you should be their spokesperson! What an amazing egg dish!

Becky said...

Congratulations Debby. Your eggs look TDF. I will try to make them this weekend as I have all the ingredients on hand. But I'll be using the free range eggs from my CSA box. Whenever I don't get those, I choose Eggland's Best, too.

lisa said...

Congratulations! I'm into the egg dishes lately. This looks delicious. Those yolks look yummy. Beautiful job.

dining room set said...

I can't wait to try this one! Congratulations for this dish! It really looks so lovely.

Debinhawaii said...

Congratulations! That is awesome and well-deserved. Think of all the relaxing spa fun you are going to have. Love the eggs in baskets idea and that candied bacon looks scrumptious! ;-)

Mary said...

Congratulations on your win :-). Those baskets are a real delight and the finished product is just beautiful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Way too cute!!
Eggs are fantastic.

Ruth Daniels said...

Congratulations on the big win. the eggs look wonderful, and I'm particularly drooling over the eggs in a basket - awesome!

Karen said...

Congrats! This is so cool and the prize is perfect! I'd love to be able to spend $500 at a spa :)

AMInyc said...

Congratulations! The egg recipe looks fabulous and what can be bad about candied bacon!