Happy Easter, from Ladles and Linens!
Eggs are a symbol of rebirth and new life, so it makes sense that it's thematic to Easter. Easter egg hunts and candies are where you see eggs the most, but I feel like they're underutilized in the meals department. I love a good theme, so why not incorporate this superfood into some splashy egg-centric dishes?
Shakshuka is simple dish with an exotic name. It sees a gorgeous display of cracked eggs atop an aromatic bed of tomato sauce, peppers and garlic. This one-dish meal can be cooked and served in a cast iron skillet or a stoneware baker. Eaten with a loaf of good, crusty bread, it's pure comfort.
Don't forget old failthful! Deviled eggs are a crowd-pleaser, and you can kick them up a notch by making a big batch with a variety of toppers: jalapeno slices for those who love heat, caviar pour les gourmands, and anchovies for the adventurous.
Like shakshuka, this dish can be created and served in a cast iron skillet or stoneware. If you hate doing dishes like I do, this really means something. Frittatas are the Italian way of repurposing leftovers in an exciting way. The eggs in the dish serve as the base, ready to take on any flavors.
With that in mind, you could have fun with a few different types of frittata. How about a Korean version, with kimchi, bacon and veggies roasted in sesame oil? Or an Italian version, with Parmesan, sausage and sun-dried tomatoes? I love a Greek frittata, with feta cheese, cured olives and pepperocini.
Whether entertaining or meal-prepping for the week, all you need is a muffin tin to stack the cutest creations that pop in your mouth. Just line a muffin pan with butter, and layer your egg cups before baking at 350. I usually start with a layer of bread to soak up the moistire and keep the base crispy. You can use a tiny pancake, thin slice of biscuit or toast. I love to drop in spinach to make it Florentine style, and the spinach lays flat to create room for the cheese, which holds the whole concoction together. And of course top it off with an egg.
Pull these out of the oven when the eggs are fully cooked, and watch guests coo over these tiny pieces of art.
Hope you have a wonderful Easter!