Okay, so you’re right, of course. This isn’t really eggs benedict, because there’s no English muffin, no Canadian bacon and no hollandaise. Even the egg is fried, not poached. But that’s why I call it Garden Eggs “Benedict”. And it’s closer to traditional eggs benedict than you might think, given all that’s missing!
It starts off with a slice of a large zucchini, a good way to use those "baseball bats” of zucchini that emerge from the garden this time of year. Then there’s a layer of warm tomato, isn’t it so good to have tomatoes again?! Crispy bacon is an easy substitute for Canadian bacon. If you keep the yolk runny, it makes a “sauce” that spills all over the whole pile once you dig your fork in. So phooey on the classic version, Garden Eggs “Benedict” is the summer’s best eggs benedict yet, straight from the garden.
RECIPE for GARDEN EGGS “BENEDICT"
Time to table: 20 minutes
Serves 1, easily multiplied
A round of a giant zucchini, about 4” across, about 1/3” - 1” thick
1 slice summer tomato, about 1/2” thick, center removed
Salt & pepper
1/2 slice cheese (leave out the cheese for paleo)
Fresh herbs, chopped
1 - 2 slices crispy cooked bacon (see TIPS)
1 cooked egg with a runny yolk, seasoned with salt & pepper
In an non-stick or well-seasoned cast iron skillet, heat a thin film of oil on MEDIUM HEAT. Leave the skin on the zucchini round, but score the skin all around, every half inch or so. Add the round to the hot skillet, it should sizzle a bit. Let gently cook about 5 minutes, then turn the zucchini over. Straight away, add the tomato layer, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Once the tomato is warmed, layer the cheese, fresh herbs and bacon. Let continue to cook, adjusting the heat so the zucchini doesn't get too soft or too brown. Add the cooked egg on top. That’s it!
ALANNA'S TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
The thicker the zucchini round, the longer it will take to cook.
We cook the bacon in a second skillet, wipe it out, then cook the egg in it too. For a crowd, you might want to make Baked Bacon. For the egg, you could poach an egg, this is how I Poach a Perfect Egg.
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