chicken coop, is baked in individual ramekins along with butter, cream and cheese. These savory eggs serve a hearty, delicious, satisfying balance to the sweet fruit salad and waffles. Bourbon maple syrup glazed bacon accompanied along with eggs and freshly baked bread (thank you Anja for the recipe) is a home run! The bacon is prepared in the oven which makes it crispy, evenly cooked, and easy to clean up. I promise you, once you taste these candied bacon strips, you will want to enjoy them all day long: crispy, sweet and salty with a dash of Bourbon- Need I say more?
Happy Mother's Day, to all mothers, all the days of the year!
The below ingredients can be modified using any herbs available, fresh or dried. Naturally fresh herbs are favored. For dried herbs, use slightly less and crush them in your hands first to release natural aromas. I generally like to serve 2 eggs and 2 strips of bacon per person- modify amounts per your guests preference.
1 teaspoon freshly chopped basil
1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme
1 teaspoon freshly chopped sage
1 teaspoon freshly chopped chives
2 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
1 large clove of garlic
4 teaspoons of butter
4 tablespoons of cream
4 tablespoons of Gruyere cheese (or any cheese of your choice such as Parmesan,cheddar)- shredded
4 round ramekins
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit placing rack in the middle of the oven.
In a small food processor, finely chop all herbs and garlic (or simply finely chop or mince with a knife). In each ramekin place one teaspoon of butter and1 tablespoon of cream. On top of the butter and cream, gently crack open two eggs making certain yolk does not break. Sprinkle on top equal amounts of herb mix, cheese followed by salt and pepper to taste.
Place ramekins in a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Later, top high broil the eggs for 1-2 minutes to ensure cheese on top has melted and rendered golden. Egg yolks should be runny yet cooked on top, therefore check them frequently and broil a minute longer if needed depending on your oven's temperature. Remove baking sheet from the oven and place ramekin on individual plates to serve. Warn guests ramekins are hot.
Candied Bourbon Maple bacon
8 strips of bacon
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 or 3 tablespoons of Bourbon ( Cognac, Grand Marnier, or Brandy work equally well)
Bacon can be prepared hours in advance.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking sheet, place bacon strips next to each other making certain strips do not touch one another. Bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, over medium heat, in a small sauce pan dissolve brown sugar in maple syrup and Bourbon. The alcohol content should be burned off (5-6 minutes.
Remove baking sheet from the oven and discard as much of the bacon grease as possible. With a brush, glaze strips of bacon with Bourbon mixture. Place back in the oven and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Repeat again with an additional layer of glaze, this time reducing oven heat to 200 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. Remove strips of bacon and place on serving platter.