Green eggs

Green eggs

Ovos verdes

By
From
Lisbon
Serves
4
Photographer
Steven Joyce

I will admit that there’s something of the retro party snack to these stuffed and deep-fried eggs, but they are incredibly moreish. You could add a little finely chopped spring onion or some chives to the yolk stuffing, too.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
5 eggs
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
pinch salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 litre vegetable oil
4 tablespoons plain flour
50g breadcrumbs
piri piri mayonnaise, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Place 4 of the eggs in a pan of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 6 minutes. Remove from the hot pan and cool in cold water. Once cool enough to handle, peel off the shells, keeping the cooked eggs intact.
  2. Gently cut each egg in half lengthwise and scoop out the yolks, setting the whites to one side. Place the yolks in a bowl with the parsley, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt and some pepper. Mash to form a rough paste and taste; add more salt and pepper if you like.
  3. Place a large deep pan over a high heat and fill it with the vegetable oil. Heat the oil until it reaches about 170ºC on a pan thermometer, or if you don’t have one, use the bread test: once the oil is shimmering, drop in a cube of day-old bread. If the bread fizzes and browns in no less than 30 seconds, the oil is ready. (If it burns in that time, turn the heat down.)
  4. Spoon the yolk mixture back into the whites. Tip the flour onto a plate. Thoroughly beat the remaining egg in a bowl. Tip the breadcrumbs onto another plate.
  5. Gently roll one of the stuffed egg halves in the flour, then dip it into the beaten egg, turning and rolling it to ensure it is well covered. Finally, roll it in the breadcrumbs. Repeat with two more of the stuffed egg halves.
  6. Working in 2–3 batches, carefully lower the eggs into the hot oil and cook them for 2 minutes, until the crumb is golden brown. (The breadcrumb shells may split if you cook the eggs for too long or at too high a temperature.) Remove, then repeat with the remaining eggs, keeping the fried eggs warm. Serve straight away with a little piri piri mayonnaise.
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