Of all “master chefs” in the cooking world, Jacques Pepin is my favorite. He is the kind of man I’d love to dine with: gentle, authentic, and down to earth. Reading his autobiography “The Apprentice”, made me appreciate him even more. Of course, his charming French accent is the icing on the cake. 😉
If his name wasn’t beneath this recipe, I wouldn’t have tried it because it seems a little strange. Who in their right mind would fry a hard boiled egg? Well, his mother did just that, during the hard years of the Second World War, and when I made it for our lunch, it was clear that her genes were the basis of Jacques’ skills in the kitchen: the apple didn’t fall far from the tree!
PAN-CRISPED DEVILED EGGS ON FRENCH LETTUCES
(adapted from The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper)
2 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp chives, finely minced
1-2 Tbs milk
2 tsp yogurt
1 tsp white wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1 T olive oil
leftover egg yolk filling
3 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbs milk
2 tsp white wine vinegar
salt and pepper
mixed greens of your choice
Cut the boiled eggs in half lengthwise, remove the yolks and place them in a small bowl. Add all the ingredients for the filling, mashing it well to form a cream. Carefully fill each egg white half with the mixture, but do not overfill, make it exactly like the egg yolk would be. You will have excess filling that will be used as part of the dressing.
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil on a non-stick pan, and add the egg halves, cut side down. Sautee for 3-4 minutes, until golden. Reserve.
Make a dressing by mixing well all the ingredients. To serve, place the salad greens on a plate or serving bowl, drizzle some of the dressing and mix. Place the sauteed eggs on top, sprinkle a little more dressing, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
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Comments: Some people dislike hard boiled eggs, or even fried eggs. I love them all. The only thing that turns me off is uncooked egg white floating on top of my sunny-side-up eggs. I hope that even a deviled-egg-hater might enjoy this preparation. The subtle crunchiness on the hard-cooked eggs gives it a bit of substance, making the salad seem more filling. The use of the excess egg yolk filling as part of the dressing is a brilliant touch. It’s a nice light lunch for those of you without high cholesterol issues (or with a prescription vial of a statin in the cupboard!).
For another tasty example of using sauteed hard boiled eggs, take a look at this post by Ilva, a proof that great cooks think alike! 😉
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