The Sunny Side of Flavour
May 16th 2017
Egg Yolks- The Sunny Side of Flavour
Egg yolks leave breakfast behind! These golden gems add richness and indulgence in a surprising fashion to a wide range of lunch and dinner menus. Taking on the different tastes and styles of each dish, yolks add excitement, protein and exceptional flavour.
Eggs as a Source of Nutrition
There are many benefits to eating eggs. They are a natural choice for a healthy, active lifestyle. Eggs provide the satiety and protein that Canadian consumers are looking for to help power them throughout the day.
According to the Egg Farmers of Canada, one large (53g) Grade A egg contains 6 g of protein and only 70 calories. Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein, because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. Amino acids are considered the "building blocks for the body" because they help form protein. Eggs also contain a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, including Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Folate and Lutein.
Interestingly, most of the egg’s nutrition is in the yolk, including half of the protein. All the reason to explore the sunny side of flavour!
Exploring Eggs through Unique Cooking Techniques
Eggs are among the top items mentioned on restaurant menus. Eggs are featured on 93% of breakfast menus, and can be found on 64% of pm menus. But beyond classic egg preparations such as fried, poached, boiled or deviled, we are starting to see unique cooking techniques being incorporated by home cooks and chefs alike. This trend is driven by Millenials, who are eager to try less familiar traditional cooking techniques and seek opportunities to showcase their own cooking skills.
Eggs are the perfect vehicle for experimenting with new flavours and cooking methods. With their mild flavour, eggs tend to take on the taste of the ingredients and dish they are used in. Raw egg yolks have a mild, slightly buttery flavour. Cooked egg yolks tend to have a mild, slightly dusty or powdery flavour. Their overall mild flavour profile enables eggs to become carriers of bolder, more pungent flavours.
Cured egg yolks that have been packed in spices and brine deliver a buried treasure of umami taste. You can also quick cure your own egg yolks by soaking them in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic powder and ginger for about 6 hours.
Steam-cooking eggs yields tender, luxurious eggs. With steamed eggs, contact with ultra-hot water vapor heats the egg in the same way that boiling water or a hot cast-iron pan would. The only difference is that steam will cook your egg more gently, resulting in a more tender egg white and creamier yolk.
Another up-and-coming method that delivers on flavour is brûléed eggs. This technique involves torching the tops of halved, soft-boiled eggs until the yolks become sweet, fudgy, and slightly caramelized, just like crème brûlée. To get that perfect caramelization, you sprinkle the tops of the egg halves with a little sugar. To balance out the flavour, add a little salt before sugaring.
Huevos Rancheros is growing in popularity across North America. Currently found on 18% of breakfast menus, this Mexican breakfast dish consists of corn tortillas topped with fried eggs over a layer of salsa. Popular toppings include Mexican ingredients like black beans, corn, cheese, refried beans, avocado and sour cream.
Taste the Trend
Here are three exciting ways to showcase egg yolks for your friends and family.
Shakshuka: Sunny-side-up egg yolks are simmered in a tomato and vegetable sauce, infused with a savoury Middle Eastern spice blend of smoked paprika, cumin, pepper, cayenne, turmeric & caraway. Grab a large spoon, a hunk of bread (to soak up all the savoury sauce) and dig into this rustic, comfort meal.
Kimchi Broth Bowl with Crispy Rice & Fried Egg: Take a walk on the sunny side with a Korean-style, egg-topped broth bowl. Fiery fresh Sambal sauce along with ginger and garlic add depth to this hearty broth, the perfect base for chopped cabbage and crispy fried rice. Top with a fried egg for that final layer of savoury indulgence.
Indonesian Gado Gado Salad with Soy Ginger Cured Egg & Shrimp Toast: Traditionally Gado Gado is served as a beautiful medley of vegetables, hard-boiled egg, crunchy prawn crackers and peanut dressing. We’re taking ours to the next level with a trendy egg swap: umami-loaded quick cured egg yolks. Portioned out atop each plate of mixed veggies and spicy peanut dressing, these indulgent gems add runny richness to the fresh flavour profile. Puffed, golden-brown shrimp toast serves as an addictive final garnish.