Thursday, August 20, 2015
On the Menu: Summer Cooking Adventures, Part One: Mozzarella Eggs
I must admit, my favorite meal of the day has always been breakfast. I love everything about it. Perhaps it's the myriad of sweet and savory choices: pancakes, waffles, cinnamon rolls, ham, sausage, bacon, eggs, toast, home fries, french toast. The list goes on and on. Or, perhaps it's the relaxed elegance of a leisurely brunch where all those sweet and savory choices can be enjoyed with Mimosas. Or, perhaps it's just that some of the most memorable Saturdays of my misspent youth ended with a late night trip to Denny's for an order of Moons Over My Hammy. I'm not really sure. But, I do know that my deep love of breakfast abides. So much so, that I occasionally welcome a breakfast invasion even during the dinner hour. It seems so extravagant to me. Breakfast for dinner. So, the last time I had a yearning for eggs in the evening I thought it might be fun to turn to my Mother's recipe collection to shake things up a bit. Enter the recipe for Mozzarella Eggs. This dish can best be described in three words: eggs with cheese. Yep. Umm...that's really it. Now, please understand. I like eggs with cheese a lot. I am a lifetime member of the Cheese Omelette Fan Club of North America: Mid-Atlantic Branch. But, this recipe was a disappointment to me. These were not scrambled eggs. These eggs were sunny side up. The cheese was not a delightfully sharp cheddar, but rather slices of mild mozzarella. The mental picture of runny eggs combined with strings of melted cheese did not appeal to me. Not in the least. However, I was committed to making the dish since I had promised my family breakfast for dinner and I had also promised them a retro recipe dish. To back out now would prove...awkward. Once Binner has been promised, Binner must be delivered. To do otherwise would invite the possibility of a small scale revolution. Or, at least a temper tantrum. Most likely mine. So, I made an executive decision. I scrambled the eggs. I admit it. I went off book. The resulting Mozzarella Eggs were delicious, as eggs with cheese usually are. So, no surprises this time. The sprinkling of oregano to finish was a nice touch, though. Classy.