It`s sunday morning, maybe you just woke up, and a brunch would be just amazing? Too lazy to go out and spend your lunch with the noisy crowd? Brunch at home could just be as much fun, especially if you invite some guests. You really don`t need to do anything over the edge, some eggs, grilled vegetables, and maybe a fruit salad with yoghurt and you are done.
This recipe is one of the last stops of my spinach addiction. The idea came almost a year ago when I visited London`s “Bocca di lupo`s” where one of the side dishes was cold spinach with some lemons…that time it came with lentils and sausage, and i thought well, it could be amazing with poached eggs. From all the eggs, poached is my favourite, first of all they just look cool, and i do love the “traditional” asparagus and hollandaise combination, but I wanted to create something different.
When you go shopping for the bacon make sure you buy whole and not sliced ones, so you can slice it up yourself, into medium big cubes. And leave a bit of time for the spinach to cool. Also don`t worry if your poached egg doesn`t turn out to be perfect straight away, it needs some practice, also be patient with it, and follow the steps written.
Ingredients (2 person)
0.5 kgs of fresh spinach leafs
1 big ciabatta bread, cut 4 four triangles
8medium b cube slices of bacon
bit of chopped garlic
2 eggs(you can have more with bigger appetite of course)
Fry the well washed clean, and chopped spinach leafs over a little oil, and when almost ready add the juice from the lemon. Add salt, and white pepper. Set aside in a colinder to cool and reduce the liquid.
Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Add vinegar, and salt. Break the egg in, carefully, not far from the water and don`t drop it in too fast…be easy with it! With a wooden spoon start folding the whites over the yolk, untill it covers. Cook a little bit more until it gets a bit harder. Take it out carefully with a spoon.
Fry the bacon until crispy. Toast the ciabatta breads.
Serve the spinach on top of the bread, then the bacon and the egg. Enjoy your brunch!