Eggs are a building-block ingredient, essential for scores of cooking techniques. The things about eggs, though—unlike other essential ingredients like flour—is that they also stand on their own, as delicious things that need little input and minimal manipulation to taste great. Here ar e9 diverse recipes that show off eggs’ unique versatility.
1. Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs
These are eggs at their most pure, and least adorned—in other words, a primordial expression of egg brilliance. Funny thing is, soft-boiled eggs are also the easiest egg dish to prepare, which proves something about the awesome power of simple foods. Get our Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs recipe.
2. Smoked Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast smokiness is something we look to bacon, ham, and fish to provide. Infusing eggs themselves with smoke is a mild stoke of genius—just about as much genius as most of us can take first thing in the morning, before the coffee’s kicked in. Get our Smoked Egg Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
3. Basic Aioli
One of the foundation roles eggs play in the kitchen is as emulsifiers. Mayonnaise (and its garlic-scented cousin, aioli) shows off eggs hard at work, performing a crucial role in sauces. Thanks, eggs! Get our Basic Aioli recipe.
4. Egg, Ham, and Cheese Crêpes
A French dish that shows off eggs in two ways, both highly visible and beautifully hidden. Crêpe batter couldn’t exist without eggs—it’s where crêpes get strength and a wonderfully elastic quality. And a single egg, broken on top and baked, is almost literally a case of gilding the lily. Get our Egg, Ham, and Cheese Crêpes recipe.
5. Warm Deviled Eggs
Deviling is a civilized enhancement of the hard-boiled egg. Serving those deviled eggs warm, with bacon and a cap of provolone cheese just beginning to melt, takes that enhancement to next-level territory. Get our Warm Deviled Eggs recipe.
6. Chorizo Breakfast Burritos
The glory that is scrambled eggs displays perfectly in a breakfast burrito. This version, with fried, crumbled chorizo, is one of our favorites. The richness and spice of the sausage is an ideal foil for the smooth, moist, and mild-tasting eggs. Get our Chorizo Breakfast Burritos recipe.
7. Easy Baked Eggs
A beautifully simple British recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Eggs cooked in the oven until just done, with a fortifying addition of heavy cream and a bit of luxurious Gruyère cheese, is one of the gentlest and also one of the classiest ways to wake up. Get our Easy Baked Eggs recipe.
8. Joe’s Special
Nobody knows the origin of this San Francisco diner special—was it the invention of Chinese-American short-order cooks, who fused American lunch-counter scrambled eggs with a Cantonese dish? All we know is, the eggs act as both a binder for the moisture from ground beef and sautéed spinach, and a texture in their own right. Brilliant. Get our Joe’s Special recipe.
9. Ramos Gin Fizz
Egg white shaken till thick and fluffy give cocktails body, of course, but also a neutral grounding for displaying aromas. In this hallowed drink of old New Orleans, a shaken egg white blends with gin, orange flower water, and cream to produce one of the best things for day drinking. Get our Ramos Gin Fizz recipe.