When it comes to egg cookery, I’d consider myself a self-proclaimed eggspert. Despite my very legitimate title, I recently learned an egg-cooking technique that I’ve yet to crack (hehe). I just enrolled in culinary school at ICE, and our instructor was so kind to let us in on the beauty of a French scramble (AKA soft scrambled eggs). She prefaced the lesson by letting us know that if you prepare eggs like this for someone, they will want to marry you on the spot. Needless to say, she had my undivided attention for the remainder of class.
The key to a perfect curd starts with low heat and a whole lot of patience. If your heat is too high, the eggs will dry out too quickly and the curds will be too large. (You might as well swing by the dining hall if you’re going to cook your eggs like this.) Rather, maintaining low heat and providing constant agitation to the eggs with a rubber spatula yields a fluffy, pillowy texture. It’s not the most exciting process to watch, but if you’re patient and allow the small curds to gradually form, your results will be incredible. Do you want to receive unconditional love by the recipient of this dish or not?!
The day that we had learned about this soft scramble, we also covered compound butters and clarified butter. Because I am an overachiever, I had no other option but to include these techniques in this recipe, as well. Basically, a compound butter is a mixture of butter and other ingredients (think herbs, alliums, citrus zest, etc) that can be used as an indulgent sauce for fish, meat, or veggies. Clarified butter is the process of melting down butter to the point that its milk solids are separated from the pure butterfat and strained off for a bit of liquid gold that has a higher smoking point than regular butter.
Here, I’ve made a compound butter with chives and shallots (but you can use whatever herbs you have on hand), then melted it all down and strained out the solids. This way, chives and shallots impart a subtle flavor into the clarified butter, making the remaining butterfat the perfect fat for scrambling the eggs and toasting the bread. You’ll end up with plenty of extra clarified butter, which you will definitely want to hold onto for future cooking. All this to say, if you just want to cook your eggs in butter, oil or any fat of your choosing, that totally works, too. I’m in culinary school now, so I’m obligated to show off all my new skills. Sorry not sorry!
Want to hear more about my journey through culinary school? Check it out here!
- 1 large sweet potato, scrubbed, dried and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- Sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- Ghee, or butter
- 1/ 2 avocado, sliced for serving
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside.
Toss the sweet potatoes, oil and a pinch of salt in a large bowl to evenly coat. Spread out in a single layer on the prepared pan. Roast for 25 minutes until golden, tossing halfway through.
Turn off the oven and let the potatoes sit in the closed oven for 5 minutes, to get extra crispy.
Heat a skillet over medium-low. Whisk the eggs together. Add ghee to the hot skillet; once melted, add the eggs. Using a spatula, gently push the outer edge of the eggs inward toward the center. Continue all the way around the eggs, until almost fully set. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
Serve eggs, sweet potatoes and avocado.