This recipe was inspired by my friend, Prashant. He gave me this idea when I was visiting him at his home. He introduced me to the easy egg poacher available at Walmart. Makes a delicious, figure friendly breakfast or brunch.
Ingredients: Single Serving (double or triple as you need it)
- 2 thick slices of tomato (these came from a neighboring farm)
- 2 table spoons of the best olive oil you can get
- 2 table spoons of pine nuts
- 1 squeeze of lime (pesto usually does not have lime in it. I used a squeeze of lime to add the tangy, citrus note of the Hollandaise that is served as part of a traditional eggs benedict.)
- 2 eggs (these came from my chickens)
- 1/4 clove of garlic (just a touch of raw garlic suffices. Too much raw garlic will overpower the rest of the ingredients in the pesto)
- 2 table spoons of grated parmesan (grate it yourself if possible)
- 1 small bunch of the freshest basil leaves you can find (I grew these in my sunroom)
- a pinch of coarse salt ( I used fleur de sel. Kosher salt will also work.)
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Making the Pesto: I prefer the texture of the pesto that results from using a traditional mortar and pestle. You can use a small food processor if you like.
- Place the pinch of coarse salt in the pestle along with the 1/4 clove of garlic.
- Crush the salt and garlic together to form a paste.
- Add the pine nuts and continue to grind and form a paste.
- Bit by bit tear in the basil leaves and continue to grind and incorporate into the paste.
- Add the parmesan and continue to incorporate.
- Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and continue grinding to form an emulsion.
- Add a dash of freshly ground pepper and a squeeze of lime.
The pesto is now ready.
Assembling the dish:
- Using a serrated knife, cut 2 thick slices of tomato.
- Place them on a plate and spread a thick layer of pesto on each slice.
- Poach two eggs.
- Place one poached egg on each slice of tomato.
- Top the egg with a dollop of pesto.
These are the first tomatoes I received this season. I thought this was a great way to use them. Let me know if you like this idea. Also if you have any suggestions or questions leave a comment below. ENJOY:)