Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, spiced with cumin. This recipe includes swiss chard leaves. Tunisian origin but is also very popular in Israel. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, spiced with cumin. This recipe includes swiss chard leaves. Tunisian origin but is also very popular in Israel. Shakshouka with farm-fresh eggs? Hot breakfast is served. (Photo: CatchASnap / Shutterstock)

8 fabulous ways to make farm-fresh eggs

In these delicious dishes, farm-fresh eggs are more than an ingredient. They're the centerpiece.

How do you like your eggs? Scrambled, sunny-side up, over easy? Or how about whipped up into a fluffy frittata, simmering in zesty tomato sauce, or cushioned by warm, fresh bread? There's really no limit to what you can do with an egg – and it's an added bonus when that egg comes fresh from the farm.

The benefits of buying farm-fresh eggs are numerous. You're buying local, and if animal welfare is a priority for you, rest assured that the chickens your eggs came from were likely grass-fed (that's where the eggs' vibrant, deep orange color comes from!) and free-range. And if you love a good, wholesome Mediterranean breakfast like we do, these eight egg-cellent (we couldn't resist!) recipes will put your farm-fresh eggs to optimal use.

Baked eggs with kale and corn

baked eggs with kale and cornThis baked egg dish can be multiplied easily depending on number of guests. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

A breakfast that's also perfect for entertaining, this simple baked egg dish is one of many ways to incorporate kale into your diet. Or any leafy green, really. Our Israeli Kitchen contributor Jerry James Stone's tried-and-true recipe is here. Note that this recipe yields just one serving, so feel free to multiply.


Khachapuri (egg and cheese bread boat)

KhachapuriKhachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish. (Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

Row, row, row your (bread) boat ... life really is but a dream with this warm, cozy egg-filled dish. This traditional Georgian bread uses simple ingredients and is a popular brunch food in Israel and elsewhere in the Mediterranean. And it can be yours, on your plate, in short order. Check out Saveur's recipe for an egg-centric khachapuri.


Chinese tea eggs

Chinese tea eggsTea eggs are a traditional Chinese snack. (Photo: Tatiana Vorona/Shutterstock)

At first glance, they look like they're decorated for Halloween. But these fragrant, flavorful tea eggs are a year-round snack sold all over the world, from corner markets in New York City's Chinatown to street vendors in Beijing. How do those web-like lines form on the egg, you ask? We recommend checking out Steamy Kitchen for the full technique.


Shakshouka (eggs and tomatoes)

Shakshuka with tomatoes and eggs in a cast iron pan.Shakshouka is a traditional Mediterranean breakfast with eggs, tomatoes and cheese. (Photo: Elena Veselova/Shutterstock)

This popular breakfast that was originally conceived in North Africa in the 1950s has since become a staple of Mediterranean cuisine. Our Israeli Kitchen supplies several shakshouka recipes, which is only fitting since there are so many ways to make it. If you like your breakfast spicy and full of flavor, this dish is for you.


Scotch eggs

Scotch eggs are hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat, then breaded and fried.Scotch eggs are hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat, then breaded and fried. (Photo: Magdanatka/Shutterstock)

If you've ever been to a gastropub or a British-style pub, you may have seen Scotch eggs listed under the appetizers. They're also called Scottish eggs or picnic eggs (in the U.K. they're commonly brought to picnics), but whatever they're called, the recipe is essentially the same: boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat, then breaded and fried. They're a great snack for indulging your anglophile side. A recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit is right this way.


Chettinad egg curry

Chettinad is an egg curry dish originally from India.Chettinad is an egg curry dish originally from India. (Photo: Jyothi Rajesh/Shutterstock)

Chettinad is a region in South India that's come to be synonymous with a certain type of Indian cuisine. This egg curry dish typically includes spices like cumin, garam masala and coriander, but there are many variations and many ways to make this recipe your own. For best results, we recommend this recipe from Nalini's Kitchen. For a dish like this, fresh spices and eggs are key.


Asparagus breakfast sandwich

Asparagus breakfast sandwich.This is one Egg McMuffin that won't derail your diet. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Why do we love fast food? It's all in the name – fast. We don't think we have time to make it ourselves. But imagine if we did – and we could make a week's worth of healthy breakfast sandwiches ahead of time? With Jerry James Stone's take on the Egg McMuffin, you'll have no good reason to skip breakfast or head to the drive-thru.


Mini vegetable frittatas

mini veggie frittatas.Breakfast just got beautiful with these savory, wholesome mini veggie frittatas. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

A frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients like meat, cheese and vegetables. These mini vegetable frittatas are great for starting off your day with a healthy dose of protein and vitamin-rich veggies. You can make one big pie out of this recipe, but we prefer the single-serve muffin style, because who wants to do all that wedge-slicing and utensil-using so early in the morning?

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