Monday, February 13, 2012

eggs in bell pepper rings: sunny side up

THIS was dinner the other night...

it was my first pinterest inspired meal. i originally saw this pin:
source: apronstringsblog
and i loved how beautiful, healthy, delicious, and quick this idea is. my hubs and i eat eggs for dinner often... so i had an opportunity to try this out right away. 

i started by slicing a golden bell pepper into three 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick rings. this ended up being the perfect thickness to hold all the egg, and for the bell pepper to cook to perfect tenderness by the time the egg was ready. 

i heated a lightly buttered cast iron skillet up on medium heat. when the pan was hot enough to sizzle a drop of water, i placed the bell pepper rings into the pan.
then i gently cracked an egg into each of the bell pepper rings. 
as you can see, the egg whites couldn't wait to sneak out of the gaps between the bell pepper rings and the pan. by the time i got to the third egg, i realized if i pressed down firmly on the bell pepper ring before cracking the egg into it, it formed a better seal between the pepper and the pan... hence: less egg white loss. :) you can see the one that i pressed is the topmost one, below...
regardless, i wanted them to be pretty, so i trimmed away the extra whites, and our pup got the scraps as a nice treat.
it was at this point that i realized i didn't know how to cook eggs sunny side up.


i found this great wikihow, and here's what i learned:
1. at medium, i had the heat too high. so i reduced the heat to low.
2. i had the option of covering the pan to cook the eggs more evenly
3. i'd know when the whites were fully cooked because there would be a slightly opaque covering over the yolks. 

so i covered the pan... and when i peaked a minute later, this is what i saw...
 it was the perfect moment to take a picture- love the yellow/white/yellow contrast here!
you can see the yolk is beginning to be obscured by the semi-opaque white. you can also see little bubles of steam trapped behind the yolk's membrane. 
i covered the pan a bit longer, and when they looked like this...
i removed them from heat.

meanwhile, i had toasted my FAVORITE whole grain bread.
barowsky's 12 grain organic bread... it's made in maine... and it tastes like heaven.
and buttered it...

so i popped my pretty little sunny side up eggs in bell pepper rings onto the toast...
added the requisite salt and pepper...

and my hubs and i enjoyed a great, 15 minute dinner!

Do you have a cast iron skillet for making eggs? 
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 10-1/4-Inch Skillet with Iron Handle, Cherry

The heat retention and non-stick properties will make you very happy. I love my Le Creuset and use it CONSTANTLY. 


  1. These kind of remind me of Andy Warhol's Flowers. Really cute - I love eggs for dinner, too.

  2. i had to google them... but you're right!

  3. Irene - So happy you liked the eggs ~ and glad to have discovered your blog!

  4. Thanks for the visit Donna, I'm honored! I can't wait to try your avocado eggs next... :)

  5. I'm so glad that someone is trying all those pretty pinterest meals :) So many times I'm disappointment with the results - Totally gonna try this!

  6. you HAVE to try it! a friend of mine tried this with eggplant slices, she said it was really good that way too. :)

  7. mmmmm, egg sandwich, that's what I thought of! I'll try this tonight as I have some yummy sweet pepper I gotta use up!

    1. that sounds great.. we even have them with cheese sometimes. yum!

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