10 Essential Egg Recipes to Master

From huevos rancheros to Cadbury Creme Eggs, these dishes will get it crackin'.

  • Moroccan Merguez Ragout with Poached Eggs. Nothing could be better than spicy sausage bathing in a lush, smoky sauce of tomatoes, onion, garlic, and spices...until you poach eggs on top, that is. Cut into the soft eggs and watch the buttery yolks melt into the fiery sauce and make the dish even richer.
  • Huevos Rancheros (Country Style Eggs Topped with Pork and Green Chile). If you think of yourself as someone who likes brunch -- and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like brunch—this is a recipe you are obligated to master. But it’s a meal so hearty, meaty, and satisfying that you won’t be able to reserve it for brunch alone. Soon, you’ll be having brunch for dinner every night of the week.
  • Scotch Eggs. Scotch eggs are hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, battered, and deep-fried. That description alone should be enough to win your heart. But if it’s not, just think of the tangy mustard sauce that goes along with it.
  • Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata. If you can crack an egg, you can make a frittata. Lucky for you (and your guests), they’re impossible to mess up. And when they’re full of spicy greens and salty sausage, they’re also impossible to resist.
  • Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs. Okay, okay—we admit these aren’t real eggs. But doesn’t it say something about the perfection of eggs that such a beloved dessert is based on their beautiful form? Creme eggs aren’t just the stuff of grocery stores—you can make these spheres of chocolate and sugar in your own kitchen (but you might want to carve a little time out first!).
  • Petite Pea Omelet with Mint and Mascarpone. Forget all those fancy techniques for making omelets. When you mix together egg yolks and tangy mascarpone, you’ll come away with a rich and delicious omelet without any of those fancy whisking techniques. Don’t worry about finding petite peas—any vegetable you’ve got on hand will be happy to be sandwiched in a fluffy omelet.
  • Scottish Farmhouse Eggs. This dish is meant to be devoured after a long morning hunting game in the Scottish highlands. Or, in your case, after a long night out with friends. With cheddar cheese, crispy bread crumbs, and—of course—4 baked eggs, it’s sure to satisfy both the hardest worker and the hardest partier.
  • Avocado Y Huevos Caliente. It’s more than a mere coincidence that when you remove the pit of an avocado, the cavity is the perfect size for an egg—it’s destiny. Avocados and eggs are meant to be together and when you add spicy peppers, salsa, and warm corn tortillas, it’s almost too good to be true.
  • Bacon and Egg Salad Sandwich with Dukkah and Peppery Greens. You’ve never heard of dukkah, but it’s a nutty, seedy spice blend that is begging to be eaten with eggs. Make a big batch once and you’ll be able to store it in your fridge for weeks. Whenever your basic egg salad needs a bit of sprucing up, add a generous amount of dukkah—and a healthy helping of crispy bacon.
  • Soft Scrambled Eggs. We’ve all had some bad experiences with rubbery scrambled eggs, but if done right, scrambled eggs are the food of angels. All it takes to make decadent, melt-in-your mouth eggs is a dollop of whatever you’ve got in your fridge that’s creamy (cream, creme fraiche, mascarpone, yogurt) ...and plenty of butter for the pan.

Try to think of any food more perfect than the egg. That’s right: no such food exists. Because eggs aren’t only a source of countless egg-cellent puns, they’re also a great source of protein and, more importantly, of rich flavor. Do you have a dish that’s missing an unidentifiable “something”? Chances are, it needs an egg. That recipe you think you’ve perfected? It’ll only be better with an egg on top.

Whether you prefer your eggs baked with cheese and salmon, hard-boiled and deviled, or fried and over rice, we’ve got you covered with 10 essential egg recipes. From breakfast to dessert (hello, Cadbury Creme Eggs), we’ve cracked open the best recipes for world’s most perfect food.

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