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Grilled Eggs with Prosciutto and Parmesan

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These grilled eggs are one of the simplest—and tastiest—breakfasts I know. They have something for everyone: creamy eggs, crusty bread crumbs, salty prosciutto, the umami flavors of Parmigiano-Reggiano— and that’s before you add the richness of heavy cream. They’re infinitely customizable: You could substitute Japanese panko for the bread crumbs, bacon or sausage for the prosciutto, cheddar or pepper Jack cheese for the Parmigiano-Reggiano.

 

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Grilled Eggs with Prosciutto and Parmesan

Recipe Notes

  • Active Prep: 10 minutes
  • Grill Time: 7 to 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Method: Indirect grilling
  • Equipment: 1 cup wood chips or a couple of wood chunks (optional)

Ingredients

  • 4 thin slices prosciutto
  • 4 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 large eggs (preferably farm-fresh eggs and/or organic)
  • 1/4 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, gouda, cheddar, or other cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, preferably toasted in extra virgin olive oil

For the grilled bread (see Note below):

  • 1 baguette, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or extra virgin olive oil

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to medium-high (400 degrees).

Step 2: Lightly brush the prosciutto on both sides with a little extra virgin olive. Place them directly over the fire and grill until crisp, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Step 3: Grease a heatproof skillet or baking dish with half the butter or olive oil. Crack in the eggs. Drizzle the cream over them. Break the prosciutto into pieces and distribute on top. Sprinkle with the cheese and breadcrumbs. Dot the tops of the eggs with the remaining butter or olive oil.

Step 4: Place the skillet with the eggs on the grill away from the heat. Add the wood chips (if using) to the coals or place in the smoker box of your gas grill. Indirect grill until the crumbs are browned and the eggs are just set, 7 to 10 minutes. (The yolks should remain a little runny in the center.) Serve the eggs at once with strips or slices of grilled toast.

Recipe Tips

Note: To make the grilled bread, lightly brush the slices on both sides with extra virgin olive oil or melted butter. Grill until toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

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