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9 Dishes An Egg Can Really Elevate

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You might be a wizard with the egg skillet, able to scramble and fry and poach with the best of them. But have you ever tried an egg on top of a pizza, or cooked inside of a baked potato? It turns out the egg is even more versatile than we thought, adding protein and a little culinary oomph to a variety of unexpected dishes. Here are just a few.   

1. PIZZA

These days, pizza for breakfast means more than just a cold slice from the night before. Stoneburner in Seattle features a breakfast pizza topped with porchetta and sunny-side-up eggs, while New York’s Rossopomodoro offers an individual pie topped with buffalo mozzarella, pecorino, and two fried eggs for brunch. You could try recreating either of these recipes, or do as Smitten Kitchen advises: Roll out some dough, sprinkle mozzarella cheese, green onions, shallots, and some cooked bacon bits on top, and then crack an egg (or three) over everything and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

2. COCKTAILS

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Americans actually have a long and proud history of adding an egg to their libations. The Colonists enjoyed Sack Posset, a hot dessert-drink made with cream, nutmeg, wine, and eggs. In 19th and early 20th century New Orleans, a foamy drink called a Ramos Fizz (a riff on the gin fizz) was all the rage. Today, restaurants like FIG in Charleston are mixing egg whites in with a variety of sophisticated cocktails like the Chartreuse Fizz, made with rum, lime, egg white, and jasmine bitters [PDF].

3. BURGERS

Add a fried or sunny-side-up egg to a hamburger, and you’ve got instant brunch fare. Restaurants across the country have caught on and gotten pretty creative with their selections. L.A’s Plan Check serves up a cheeseburger with bacon, a runny egg, and hot sauce, while the Peached Tortilla in Austin offers a 6-ounce beef burger topped with fried egg, tempura onion strips, and Chinese BBQ sauce [PDF]. If you’re cooking at home, try making an egg-in-the-hole burger by hollowing out the hamburger patty and cooking the egg inside.

4. Spaghetti

Although it may sound odd, adding a poached egg on top of spaghetti with marinara sauce (or even cooking it in with the sauce itself) is something chefs swear by. If you’re skeptical, or refuse to sully grandma’s time-honored marinara, try this highly rated recipe from Mark Bittman that mixes spaghetti noodles with a sauce of fried eggs, garlic, olive oil and cheese.

5. PULLED PORK

It seems downright dangerous to meddle with a southern favorite like this, but throwing in an egg can add indulgence without detracting from that tangy, meaty flavor. Try a fried egg as a sandwich topper, or do away with the bun entirely and wrap pork, sauce, and egg together in a tortilla. For a lighter take, try this recipe for pulled pork and egg lettuce wraps. And if you’re ever in Nashville, stop by Acme Feed & Seed for a pulled pork, egg and bean dish known simply as Damn Good.

6. Soups

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Ramen fans are no stranger to dropping a hard-boiled egg in with their noodles and broth. And it turns out, an egg is a welcome addition to many other soups. Slide a poached egg on top of potato and kale soup and let the runny yolk create a creamy broth. Or if you’re up for a challenge, tackle this Martha Stewart recipe for homemade tomato soup with a poached egg. If French onion soup is your thing, try a fried egg on top next time.

7. TACOS

Scrambled egg tacos are a Mexican tradition that’s easy to make at home. Use the eggs as the main protein along with cilantro, corn and salsa—or spread over top of chorizo or seasoned pork. Mario Batali has a recipe for eggs and black bean tacos that’s super cheap to make, while Martha Stewart recommends cooking salsa with the eggs for a spicy scramble.

8. SALAD

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According to a recent study, adding an egg to your salad can increase your body’s absorption of nutrients from the vegetables. How? Researchers believe lipids inside the yolk are key to upping the intake, and that fats found in salad dressing can further increase absorption. Spinach and frisée salads are ideal for poached or fried eggs. The same goes for an asparagus salad. And then of course there’s always the tried-and-true hardboiled egg on the side.

9. BAKED POTATO

There are numerous ways to approach this one. You could make the ingenious breakfast hack known as an Idaho Sunrise by cooking an egg, cheese, and bacon inside a hollowed-out potato skin. Or, try the same ingredients atop a twice-baked potato. If you’re counting calories, a fried egg and some pepper should do the trick. There’s really no way to go wrong with a dish that’s made to be decked-out with toppings.

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Thanks to a Wet Winter, New Zealand Faces a Potential Potato Chip Shortage
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New Zealand has plenty of unique and tasty snacks, but kiwis also love potato chips. The universal comfort food is in danger Down Under, however, as an unusually wet winter has devastated the island country’s tuber crops, according to BBC News.

Twenty percent of New Zealand’s annual potato crop was wiped out from a series of major storms and floods that ravaged the nation’s North and South Islands, The Guardian reports. In some regions, up to 30 percent of potato crops were affected, with the varieties used to make chips bearing the brunt of the damage.

Potato prices spiked as farmers struggled, but the crisis—now dubbed “chipocalypse” by media outlets—didn't really make the mainstream news until supermarket chain Pak’nSave posted announcements in potato chip aisles that warned customers of a salty snack shortage until the New Year.

Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error. However, other supermarket chains say they’re working directly with potato chip suppliers to avoid any potential shortfalls, and are aware that supplies might be limited for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s potato farming crisis extends far beyond the snack bars at rugby matches and vending machines. Last year’s potato crops either rotted or remained un-harvested, and the ground is still too wet to plant new ones. This hurts New Zealand’s economy: The nation is the world’s ninth-largest exporter of potatoes.

Plus, potatoes “are a food staple, and this is becoming a food security issue as the effects of climate change take their toll on our potato crop,” says Chris Claridge, the chief executive of industry group Potatoes New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

In the meantime, New Zealanders are preparing to hunker down for a few long months of potential potato peril—and according to some social media users, kale chips are not a suitable alternative. “Chipocalypse” indeed.

[h/t BBC News]

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