At about 2 PM yesterday, I got a craving for breakfast- specifically an omlette, a scramble or something, anything, having to do with eggs. So, I thought to myself ‘What can I make for dinner that would be like breakfast, but better?’ Since eggs are such a versatile food that lend themselves to any combination of ingredients, I decided to utilize some of my favorite flavors for this dish: sweet potatoes, mushrooms, pancetta, garlic, green onion and extra sharp white cheddar. I also lightened it up by using mostly egg whites for a light and fluffy texture. Delish, at any time of the day.
- 12 eggs- 4 whole eggs, 8 just whites
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 md/lg sweet potato
- 1 Tbs butter, melted
- 2 thick slices pancetta, diced
- 5 large crimini mushrooms, large dice
- 4 stalks green onion, thinly slice the whites, large chop for the greens
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 leaves fresh basil, chopped
- 1 c. shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper
Method: Preheat the oven to ‘HIGH’ broil. Move the oven rack so that it is about 10-12 inches from the broiler coils.
Wash and peel the sweet potato. Use a food processor or cheese grater to shred the potato, and transfer to a bowl. Add one clove of the minced garlic. Pour the melted butter over the mixture, and season with some salt and pepper to taste. Stir the ingredients together, and let sit for a couple of minutes. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray, and transfer the sweet potato mix to the dish. Place the dish under the broiler, making sure the rack is 10-12 inches below coils. Broil for 7-10 minutes, until the potatoes are just a bit crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, get a sauté pan nice and hot on the stove. Add the pancetta, and allow it to cook down in its own juices. Add the whites of the green onion, garlic, and diced mushrooms. Sautee on med-high heat for about 2 minutes, allowing for all the flavors to meld together. This mixture will be ‘al dente’.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, and milk. Salt and pepper to taste. Slowly stir in the sauteed ingredients, basil, remaining green onions, and finally add the cheddar cheese. Mix together thoroughly.
Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish over the sweet potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until eggs are springy and there is a golden brown crisp around the edges. Garnish with a little sour cream, fresh basil and enjoy!