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Eggs are an absolute wonder. They’re incredibly nutritious – in fact, they’re one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. The protein in eggs has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed to build tissue fiber. Yup, that’s why Sylvester Stallone ate raw eggs in the movie Rocky.
As a rule, who likes to drink raw eggs in the morning? Not me. Not to mention, I am not the biggest egg fan. However, there are times when fresh eggs have the right complementary ingredients and I can make an exception. Like with this recipe for sunny side pepper eggs.
Make a Better Dish Using Fresh Eggs
Made inside slices of bell peppers, the combination creates a pairing that provides a healthy dose of fiber and protein to fuel you for the day ahead. As a matter of fact, it can help you feel full longer, so you’re not tempted to snack before your next meal.
Use different colored peppers for a brightly colored plate. The eggs are meant to come out looking like flowers so you can start your day with a smile on your face and a positive attitude.
The recipe will keep well in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. One suggestion is to add it to your meal planning and double up on the recipe, so you’ll have a quick and nutritious breakfast ready to kick start your day.
Tips and Recommendations
You want to use a nonstick pan for this recipe. Your best bet is to make the eggs in a cast iron skillet and to keep the pan at medium heat. If the heat is too high, the eggs will stick. But make sure the pan is hot enough before you cook.
Pro Tip: If you flick water into the pan and it does a little dance (sizzles, if you want to get technical), you know your pan is ready.
Cook eggs to your liking. For more doneness, you can flip the pepper to get a sunny-side up egg.
Pro Tip: Accidents happen. If you accidentally drop a raw egg on the floor, sprinkle it heavily with salt for easy cleanup.
Want to know a secret for a neater fried egg? The fresher the egg, the better. That’s because of the stronger proteins in very fresh eggs.
Cooking Tips for Fresh Eggs
Pro Tip: Use fresh eggs for frying.
Time for one more tip before we move on to the recipe. If you can’t follow this recommendation and have to use refrigerated eggs (if you don’t have access to fresh eggs from chickens in our backyard), you’re more likely to end up overcooking the yolk while waiting for the white to set.
Pro Tip: If you keep your eggs in the fridge, take them out and let them come to room temperature before cooking. This takes approximately 30 minutes. By the same token, you can soak the eggs in warm water for about five minutes.
Sunny Side Pepper Eggs
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
- 2 large bell peppers
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 8 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
- Slices bell peppers horizontally into four 1/2-inch-thick rings. Remove seeds and inner white flesh.
- Heat oil a nonstick skillet on medium. Cook peppers for 2 minutes.
- Turn peppers over and crack an egg into the center of each ring.
- Cover and cook until eggs are done.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and serve. Enjoy!
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