MY BREAKFAST BOWL: EGGS, SPINACH, PANCETTA & TOMATOES

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Forget cereal or oatmeal, have this yummy meal instead! You want to know the easiest way to making sunny-side-up eggs? Put a lid on it! Not a ring, a lid over the egg(s). I learned this trick when I was eight or nine years old from Aunt Eli in Newport, Rhode Island during Fourth of July weekend, and it stuck with me. She also taught me how to make garlic-butter rice in a rice cooker. Focus!

Pancetta is italian bacon, cured pork belly; and is usually round and can be found in the deli. American bacon is smoked, while pancetta is unsmoked. Pancetta may be my new favorite kitchen staple!

MY BREAKFAST BOWL: EGGS, SPINACH, PANCETTA & TOMATOES

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 slices pancetta, fried and chopped

  • 1 - 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 (5 ounce) package spinach

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

<frying the pancetta>

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

  • Place the pancetta in the skillet.

  • Cook until slightly crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Line a plate with a paper towel, and let pancetta drain.

  • Allow to cool, then chop; and set aside.

  • Do not rinse the skillet or throw the drippings from the pancetta away.

<making the eggs>

  • Ensure you have a lid that will fit over the pan of your choice for frying eggs.

  • Add oil to the pan.

  • Heat pan over medium heat.

  • Crack eggs one at a time into pan; cover immediately.

  • Leave covered until egg white around yolk is cooked and white, about 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Remove from heat, and set aside.

<sauteeing the spinach>

  • Reheat the large skillet with pancetta drippings over medium-high heat.

  • Add the spinach, stir rapidly and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Turn off heat.

<assembling the dish>

  • Place cooked spinach on a platter or individual plates.

  • Top with sunny-side up eggs.

  • Sprinkle chopped pancetta and scatter tomato halves.

  • Season with salt and pepper.

  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • To keep the pancetta warm, you can heat your oven to 200 degrees and place the pancetta in the oven until you're ready to serve.

  • When frying the eggs, don't let the pan get so hot it scorches the eggs as soon as it hits the pan.

  • Always crack your eggs on the counter or in a bowl, so that you don't get any egg shells into the pan. It's a pain to dig out the shells!

  • If you can't find pancetta, use bacon instead.

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