Mother Hen Toast
CATEGORIES
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 10
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 15
  • 8 thick-cut slices country bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Bechamel, recipe follows
  • 16 slices shaved serrano ham
  • 8 eggs
  • . Bechamel:
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Make the bechamel sauce: Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and stir constantly to incorporate - you do not want any color. Gradually pour in the milk as you stir, and whisk out any lumps.
  • As the mixture thickens up continue to stir until it reaches a boil - this ensures that the flour is cooked completely.
  • Using a microplane or a fine grater, grate nutmeg into bechamel and season with salt and pepper.
  • Set aside and keep warm.
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lay bread out on a sheet tray and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toast lightly.
  3. Spoon a dollop of bechamel onto each toast.
  4. Arrange 2 slices of ham on each slice of toast and nestle it into a nest shape so the egg will rest in the center.
  5. Crack egg and drop into nest on each toast.
  6. Bake in oven until eggs are just cooked but the yolk is still slightly runny, about 10 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  8. To make Bechamel:Make the bechamel sauce:
  9. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  10. Add the flour and stir constantly to incorporate - you do not want any color. Gradually pour in the milk as you stir, and whisk out any lumps.
  11. As the mixture thickens up continue to stir until it reaches a boil - this ensures that the flour is cooked completely.
  12. Using a microplane or a fine grater, grate nutmeg into bechamel and season with salt and pepper.
  13. Set aside and keep warm.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
"Mother Hen" Toast: Gallina De Madre Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence See this recipe on air Wednesday Sep. 17 at 3:30 PM ET/PT. Show: Tyler's Ultimate Episode: Ultimate Tapas This was such a wonderful breakfast dish. I made it for my family. I had to share.