Adapted* from The New Spanish Table
Coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1 1/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, quartered and thinly sliced
6 large, very fresh eggs, preferably organic
2 tablespoons chicken stock or broth
Place the cream cheese in a medium bowl, add the herbs and mash8 oz / 225 g cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons chopped herbs - equal parts thyme, tarragon, oregano
6 green onions, with greens, chopped
1/3 cup (big handful) chopped chives
fine grain sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 eggs, well whisked
plenty of toast, for serving
With this recipe, you don't have to think too much. If I don't have prosciutto, I use Black Forest ham. No English muffins? Sourdough toast. Split and toast an English muffin and top each half with a thin slice of Parma prosciutto. In a small nonstick skillet over low heat, melt the butter; it should not froth. Crack the eggs into the pan — they shouldn't crackle or spit on contact; that would mean your heat is way too high — and cook over low heat until the whites are settled but yolks are still runny, three to four minutes. Once the whites look soft and white, gently spoon the melted butter in the pan over the yolks until hot, about one minute. This will help cook the eggs from top to bottom and keep the yolk silky but warm. Season with sea salt and black pepper, and transfer eggs to prepared English muffin. Spoon a nice smooth pesto over the eggs. Not the chunky, jarred pesto — the smoother stuff from the refrigerator or freezer case. It's better. Serves one.
Total time to prepare: 8 minutes
Preheat the oven to 375. Cook the bacon in a medium pot over medium heat until crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon, then discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings from the pot. While the bacon cooks, toss the bread cubes with the olive oil on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden and crisp, about 8 minutes.
Add the garlic to the bacon drippings and cook until slightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth, 1 1/2 cups water, the parmesan rind and 2 tablespoons parsley; season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes.
Adjust the heat so the broth is barely boiling. One at a time, crack each egg into a small bowl and gently slip into the broth. Poach until just set, about 2 minutes. Transfer the eggs with a slotted spoon to individual soup bowls. Stir 1 cup parmesan and the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley into the broth and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the broth into the bowls and top with the croutons, bacon and the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan.
Per serving: Calories 555; Fat 40 g (Saturated 15 g); Cholesterol 275 mg; Sodium 1,374 mg; Carbohydrate 12 g; Fiber 1 g; Protein 29 g