Thursday, May 24, 2012
Sausage, Spinach, and Quail Egg Breakfast Salad
I know this sounds really weird, and also involves frozen pre-cooked sausage patties, but it has been working for me recently. This combination came to me in an extreme moment of hunger that suddenly attacked me. I started scavenging the fridge and pantry trying to come up with something that felt substantial and that was super quick. The results of my kitchen raid included spinach, turkey sausage patties, some leftover baguette, and two quail eggs. So I thought about it a bit, realized I could throw some spinach in a bowl, dress it a bit, place the sausage on top, and then the fried eggs. I mean, what isn’t better with a fried egg on top? I was quite wary about the taste of all this together, but when hunger calls, usually anything will do. I actually liked it! Then I found myself making it again and again, morning after morning, and I realized I was actually eating a salad for breakfast – which is odd for me. I’m not generally thrilled to eat them at dinner. But apparently if you give it to me in the morning I’m excited, feeling oh so rebellious, subverting some unspoken food norms about appropriate breakfast foods…
1 cup spinach
1 tablespoon chopped scallion
handful of sliced grape tomatoes
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 patties (or links) cooked breakfast turkey sausage (so we get these frozen precooked ones that you just pop in the microwave for like a minute; they are so useful to us! But obviously you can use any form of breakfast sausage that you want)
2 fried quail eggs (or one regular egg)*
pinch sea salt
pinch red pepper flakes
2 toasted baguette slices for serving
Place the spinach, scallions, and tomatoes in a bowl. Drizzle the red wine vinegar and olive oil and toss a bit. Sprinkle black pepper. Place the cooked sausage links over that. Place your fried egg over that, then sprinkle it with a pinch of salt and red pepper flakes. Slice and toast baguette, and spread a bit of butter on one side.
*To fry the egg, melt butter in skillet on medium heat. Crack egg into skillet and fry just until egg white is cooked, or sunny-side up, roughly 1 minute.