Monday, June 17, 2013

Fried Egg with Kale Pesto

Now that I spend more time reading books with pictures than without, it can perhaps be said that I relate waaaay too many things to toddler stories.  For example, in A Sick Day for Amos McGee, we meet a kindly old man named Amos.

The book states that "Amos McGee was an early riser. Every morning when the alarm clock clanged, he swung his legs out of bed and swapped his pajamas for a fresh-pressed uniform. He would wind his watch and set a pot of water to boil - saying to the sugar bowl, "a spoonful for my oatmeal, please, and two for my teacup."

While Amos McGee (or just McGee, as Max likes to say, as though he is on familiar terms with him) sounds like a very lovely gentleman, he does seem like a man stuck in his ways. I'm not sure how one eats oatmeal every day. Or at all, quite frankly. And how does he swing his legs out of bed as soon as that alarm goes off?  How does that happen?

Anyway, I am not Amos McGee. I do not eat oatmeal every day. I do not eat oatmeal.  I am a woman who needs variety. So when the food gods beatifically smile on us and give us both pesto and eggs in the fridge, I take it as a sign that pesto eggs need to be made. It is such a ridiculously simple dish, but the richness of the eggs are just such a perfect fit for pesto.  I won't eat this every day.  But knowing I can make it for breakfast makes swinging my legs out of bed just a little easier.

1 egg
crushed red pepper
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1-2 tablespoons kale pesto (or whatever you have on hand!)
Parmesan cheese, for serving

For the pesto:
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
4 cups chopped kale
1/2 cup olive oil
zest and juice from 1 lemon
smoked sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper

To make the pesto: Place garlic, walnuts, lemon zest, and kale in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse. Slowly pour in the olive oil and lemon juice while the food processor is still running. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

To make the egg: Melt butter in skillet on medium heat. Crack egg into pan, and use fork or spatula to break apart the whites immediately around the yolk as it cooks. Continue to fry just until egg white is cooked, or sunny-side up style, roughly 1 minute. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Sprinkle the egg with Parmesan cheese and a scoop of the pesto.  Serve with toast.


  1. Kale pesto and eggs is a beautiful combination. I like to scramble mine together for my own version of green eggs and ham. :-)

  2. That's a healthy and delicious looking breakfast! And I love the kale pesto :) Nicely done!

  3. Never made pesto with kale but its gorgeously green! Will try considering I have so much of it growing in my garden :)

  4. Love the sound of kale pesto, great idea with the egg too.

  5. That kale pesto sounds delicious! What a tasty way to start the day!

  6. McGee is on to if only the brooms would sweep the house themselves ;) What a vibrant pesto! Great way to jazz up a quick breakfast.

  7. I love getting new ideas for a healthy hubby and I are trying to do better as far as diet goes...yum!

  8. Pesto with eggs is such a great match, and I don't think to put the two together often enough. And, kale pesto sounds fantastic!

  9. Mmh, Jenn this looks like a wonderful and healthy pesto.
    Any idea with what I could replace the kale as I can't get it in Lima?
    I would love to prepare this recipe:)

    1. use whatever kind of pesto you want :) I've made it with traditional basil pesto and loved it!

    2. and I've made it with arugula - just whatever I have around :)

  10. I'd want this for breakfast every single morning - I would ever get sick of it. :D

    Yeah, I'm definitely not a leg swinger when it comes to getting out of bed! Happy, morning people frighten me.

  11. Kale pesto...sounds delicious!

  12. I definitely need this for breakfast!

  13. I need to venture out into the world of alternate pestos! What a gorgeous dish and healthy breakfast :)

  14. This sounds like a wonderful way to change up your eggs! So fresh and delicious!


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