Eggs: so tasty and such a great source of protein, and yet, so easy to treat them like nothing. Egg recipes are considered one’s entry to the magnificent world of cooking. You fry them, boil them, mix them with vegetables – or, best case scenario with potatoes and sausage – to make an omelette. I’ll give you my opinion in two words: SO BASIC.
One of the reasons why I admire Greek cuisine is that, with zero technical skills, you can make the most boring food (yes, that would include eggs) look stunning. Fried eggs are considered pretty humble, but, for some of us they represent the absolute comfort food, when combined with the right ingredients. Also, they do need some extra care, as they are so easy to overcook.
I acknowledge that the perfect eggs is as personal as political or religious views. As a matter of fact, there is no right or wrong way to cook them. Runny yolk, set opaque white vs crispy and browned white with firm yolk. When it comes to fried eggs, there are many ways to achieve perfection – however you translate that.
That’s what I had in mind when I first tried this egg-cellent, Greek inspired recipe: fried eggs with potatoes and feta. Such a versatile dish that you can upscale if you use fine Greek ingredients. Extra virgin olive oil, wild Greek oregano, potatoes from Naxos island and, of course, authentic Greek feta cheese. Complex-tasting, perfectly layered eggs, potatoes and feta – they stack up so well, you will be surprised why this is not served at all Greek restaurants as a basic (but in a good way!) Greek dish, just like moussaka and Greek salad.
Special credits to my good friend Nick Spanos who is the master of creating crowd-pleasing comfort foods, absolutely worth- waiting long Saturday night queues. Thanks for treating me this awesome Greek dish in LES mate!
P.S. May I suggest a game-changing tip? If you find yourself in Greece during the summer, you should definitely go to your local food market and get juicy tomatoes and firm, bright-green cucumbers to assemble a Greek salad as an entrée for your Greek eggs.
How scrumptious do these Greek fried eggs look? I couldn’t make up this stuff if I tried. You can thank me another time!