Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.
Today: All the creamy, green, artichoke-y goodness of eggs Sardou -- for a weekday morning.
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One of the first recipes I ever tested on Food52 was for a variation of eggs Sardou. I remember carefully cooking and assembling what felt like a kajillion components and thinking to myself as I ate it, “Dang this is delicious! But next time I’m going to make it after I’ve had more coffee and something to eat first.”
A couple days ago, upon a little scrutiny, I discovered that my refrigerator had almost nothing to eat other than eggs and artichoke hearts. I was going to just make eggs with artichoke hearts, when I remembered eggs Sardou, and I looked it up again to see what it would take to make it. In classic New Orleans-style fashion, the original eggs Sardou actually has not just a kajillion but a kajillion and five components, all of them fabulously rich. There are the artichokes, but there’s also creamed spinach, anchovies, ham, fried asparagus, and poached eggs, all smothered in Hollandaise.
Given the sad state of my fridge, I knew I wasn’t anywhere near making actual eggs Sardou. But, I did have anchovies plus a handful of baby kale and the bottom of a carton of cream. I took those Sardou-inspired ingredients and baked them into an egg en cocotte atop garlicky, anchovy-y greens and artichokes. Though not quite so fabulous as the original, it was still delicious.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.