Friday, April 22, 2011

GOOD Friday- Eggs

Nesting hummingbird as seen from my desk
A little hummingbird nest found Wednesday on the sidewalk near the woodpile. My diminutive garden guest has been in action since I posted her picture. The evidence pointed to her demise. In a lesson that evidence is not stand alone, but must be taken in the greater whole in which facts exist- guess who turned  hunkered down this morning?  "Our" hummingbird. is hunkered down, barely visible through the blinds.  

As Eggs are inseparable to Easter lore, and a good many of you will be wanting for something other than the usual devilled eggs and it is something I so enjoyed on the cruise, here's a recipe for Deep Fried Boiled Eggs. A perfectly wonderful way to take something as healthy as a plain boiled egg and turn it fast-food tasty. Heck- From Passover through Easter- this is a holiday. Celebrate!

Deep Fried Boiled Eggs

4 eggs - Boil for 5 or 6 minutes. Let them cool completely in a bowl of ice water.
             Gently Peel away the shells, saving them to add calcium to your greatful garden soil. 

Vegetable oil- Heat to temp in a fry baby. Trust me, this under $20 gadget is sooooo much easier than watching the thermometer on a sauce pan. 

Set each of the next 3 ingredients into separate shallow bowls. This shall be be your assembly line. Set up near the fryer.

1 Beaten Egg
1/ 4 Cup Biscuit Mix with salt and pepper to taste*
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs- homemade or Panko-style

When the oil is bubbly  hot, roll boiled egg in flour, the beaten egg, (repeat if needed to get a thin, but solid coating) then one last roll in the bread crumbs.

Drop gently into the oil with a slotted spoon. You can do one at a time as this step goes very quickly- probably in under a minute. Fry until the eggs jacket has turned into the desired golden color where your brain screams "delicious" at you. Then carefully lift to drain on a wire rack. 

For brunch - what would round out a fine meal? First- pick out the setting. No question here, it is our patio. Then set in ice something light and bubbly to drink. A California Brut is classic. Then generously slice your favorite heated ham  into generous chunks. Add a handful of roasted spears of asparagus with just a drizzle of Hollandaise sauce over which a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts completes entry to Nirvana.

 To tempt  your man to the point where he indulges to the point where he must undo his belt at the table (as a sign of appreciation, of course) perhaps thick slices of tomatoes topped with just a confetti of chives, fresh pepper and sea salt. 

Hand feed your beloved with strawberries or sweet grapes.... then if you over-indulged at the mall- this is the best time to confess):-

*Fine with just salt and pepper. you can season these up with a bit of Parmigiano- Reggiano and freshly grated  nutmeg added to the biscuit mix.


  1. Lydia,
    What a delightful piece. I have never ever heard of deep fried hard boiled eggs before. Guess Carnival started that since I was last with them. They do sound yummy.
    I used to have a Fry Daddy years ago but eventually discarded it due to the fact that it was a deep fryer! Have not needed it since. I do remember making some pretty wonderful items in it tho. Even tried my fried okra in it once.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    I had to chuckle at the thought of you feeding Ger strawberries or grapes by hand. John would probably tell me he is perfectly capable of feeding himself! LOL So romantic!! lol

    Glad your litle hummer is back. They are the joy of John's life around here! He feeds them TWO bottles a day! His babies!

    Hugs, Trisha

  2. How lucky you will be to have weather good enough to patio it. We have rain predicted for the next 5 days. Just finished mowing as Mr. Hippo was disappearing in the tall grass.

    Your eggs are similar to my Scottish Eggs. Wrap the peeled hard-boiled egg in ground pork, dip in egg wash, roll in seasoned bread crumbs, deep fry. AWESOMELY good. This treat is served in some Scottish bars.. one in particular we loved in Old Town Pasadena was the Loch Ness Monster Pub behind The Container Store. Beer dark and thick and will curl your hair and Scottish Eggs. Mmmmm.... good memories! xo

  3. What a delightful read for a Good Friday afternoon! Thanks for sharing the recipe of the fried eggs. Didn't disappoint.

    Having read the comments including Sue's about Scottish eggs, I must admit I had the thought during it that it sounded similar. I think I'm going to combine the two and roll the eggs into the sausage, then the egg batter and dip into the bisquick w/the cheeses and then fry them! I guess the panko at that point would be a bit of overkill! LOL
    Voila! The best of both worlds!

    Can't wait to try them out on the family on Sunday!

    Thanks for all the great ideas you continually churn out!


  4. Trisha- If I were hand feeding grapes to Gerry he would probably check them to make sure they were washed):-

    Sue_ I do hope the Loch Ness Monster is still around. I was at the Container Store yesterday.

    Judy- I think anything similar would be wonderful!

    Thank you all for writing in.

  5. Mmmmmmmmmm! That Fried Boiled Egg dish sounds Deee-licious! And so does the Lunch/Brunch on your Patio....Lovely!
    And how dear and wonderful is that, that you have a dear survuval-Hummingbird Nesting....I Love It!
    I have a little family of Doves Nesting in the crevice of my Carriage Lamp and the wall, very near my front door....I always feel so honored that they choose this spot so close to me...!

  6. Dear Lydia, Loved your unusual take on the Easter-egg theme. Sitting out on the patio this weekend -- wow! it's not going to happen here. Thanks for visiting my blog. P x

  7. Hurrah for the flight of your Matilija!!

    Blessings and deep fried hard boiled eggs to you,



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