These egg dishes not only are the basis for a healthy delicious breakfast or brunch; they are fantastic for a light lunch or even as part of a hearty supper. Plus: try these classic brunch recipes
Savory Egg Tarts
Sweet butternut squash, earthy sage, and hearty Swiss chard combine with fresh eggs for incredibly flavorful little tarts, which make an unexpected and delightful starter or a light main course for lunch or dinner. The tarts can be assembled in advance—just add the eggs before baking.
Excerpts taken from Jodi Liano’s Eggs, a cookbook compiled of more than 40 egg recipes. Jodi Liano is an author, recipe developer, and cooking instructor at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco.
Ham and Cheddar Omelet
Filled with smoky ham and tangy melted Cheddar, this hearty omelet is a classic American breakfast staple. Have fun adding more of your favorite ingredients, such as blanched asparagus or spinach, or diced and sautéed onions and bell peppers.
Toad in the Hole
One of many fancifully named traditional English dishes, Toad in the Hole features sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter, which rises to enclose the sausages. This version, also called Eggs in the Basket, marries buttery toast with a hole in the center that cradles a fried egg.
Eggs Garden Scamble
When your farmers’ market is abundant with summer’s delicate zucchini and ripe, juicy tomatoes, add them to this fresh and easy scramble. To make the scramble even more beautiful, mix it up with multicolored heirloom tomatoes and striped or yellow zucchini.
Spinach, Tomato, Feta Frittata
Fresh ripe tomatoes, salty feta cheese, and aromatic oregano are classic Greek ingredients, and make for a flavorful frittata that is sure to become a family favorite. Delicious warm, the bright flavors of this classic frittata are just as good at room temperature.
Egg Salad Sandwiches
A creamy egg salad sandwich can transport you straight back to childhood. This version updates the classic for adulthood, with sweet Spanish piquillo peppers, fresh cilantro, and toasty cumin. If you can’t find piquillo peppers, feel free to substitute a roasted red bell pepper.