How to Scramble Eggs to Perfection
By: Chef Frank Bonanno
The Art of Fluffy, Indulgent Eggs
I proposed to Jacqueline more than 20 years ago on a trip to France with Mel Masters. It was truffle season and the goal was to hit as many wineries and restaurants as humanly possible within the span of a week. At the time, being a vegetarian was a fairly novel life choice, and wherever we ate, when Jacqueline said she was a vegetarian, the chef would scramble her up some eggs with freshly shaved truffles. Two meals a day, minimum, Jacqueline would get that bounty of gold and funk and she wasn’t disappointed in the least. It’s still a favorite meal and this recipe is roughly the way I cook them for her.
A NOTE: Eggs puff up with steam. If you’ve ever made scrambled eggs without liquid, you know how flat and hard they become. If you don’t have cream, use whole milk. No whole milk? Use skim. No dairy? Use water. The steam makes the scramble
ANOTHER NOTE: The flavor and texture of breakfast eggs are brought out over low, low heat. Start high to melt the oil then turn the heat way down (sometimes I turn it off) to cook the eggs.
- Baguette, cut on the bias
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 4 large eggs
- Generous pinch kosher salt
- 2 grinds pepper
- 4 tablespoons cream
- 1 cup grated gruyere
- Optional: good truffle oil, 1 teaspoon freshly chopped chives
- Nonstick skillet
- Medium bowl
- 2 breakfast plates
- Toast the baguette slices to a light finish. Put two slices on each of two plates; set aside.
- Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over high heat.
- While butter melts, whisk the eggs, salt, pepper and cream until just mixed.
- Butter should be bubbly. Reduce the heat to low, and pour eggs into middle of pan, letting them spread to the edges.
- Stir eggs, folding to the center, until eggs just begin to come together and little liquid remains.
- Fold in the cheese.
- Optional (see story), drizzle with a nice truffle oil and 1 teaspoon freshly clipped chives.
- Spoon eggs over slices of baguette. Enjoy with strong coffee and fresh juice.