Friday, 25 March 2016

Baked avocado egg for brunch

If you've been reading this breakfast blog long enough, you'll know by now I'm a big fan of baked eggs. I've tried baking creamy eggs with smoked salmon (Royale) and spinach (Florentine), as well as ham, chorizo and chilli. It's a really comforting weekend brunch, which is simple and has the added bonus of looking great on the plate.

But until very recently I had not baked an egg inside an avocado. Yes, you heard me right, inside an avocado.

Recipe for one blissful weekend brunch

While I bang on about avocado smash ALL the time on my Instagram feed, I haven't even applied heat to this green fruit before, never mind use it as a capsule for baking eggs. But when you remove the stone from a perfectly ripe avocado, you find yourself with this beautifully smooth hole, which really is just asking to be filled to the brim.

I made this one quiet weekend morning for myself, but it just so happens an avocado has two halves, so this recipe can easily be doubled to make breakfast for two - if you want to share, that is.

Firstly, take half an avocado and discard the stone. Now, dig out a little more of the avocado's flesh to make room for the egg and then find a container which will keep your avocado upright while it is baking in the oven. Next crack an egg into a ramekin (this gives you better control) and carefully slip the yolk into the hole, along with some of the egg white (remember the whole egg probably won't fit). Once full to the brim, use a piece of kitchen towel to mop up any white which is sitting on the flesh, this means the bright green won't be hidden beneath any cooked egg white.

That's the hard bit out of the way. Now give the avocado egg a good grind of salt and pepper and pop into a hot oven for 20 minutes until the white has just set and the yolk is still runny.

While cooking, whip up your favourite side to accompany - I went for strong chorizo and mellow wilted  spinach, because the avocado egg, while pretty, is quite bland. I'd also add chilli flakes for an extra punch.

Enjoy x