Breakfast is usually the first meal that comes to mind when it comes to eggs. Two eggs, toast, bacon and orange juice is the classic American breakfast. Even though the method of preparation may change and they will always be keenly associated with morning, eggs are beginning to make their mark throughout the day on menus.
Based on a survey conducted by Restaurant.com to identify trends, eggs were the one ingredient that kept showing up on menus across their more than 15,000 participating restaurants.
“We’ll see an explosion of egg dishes in 2014. And it’s not just traditional egg dishes such as egg salad or quiche but eggs on top of burgers, pizza, pasta, casseroles, you name it – right on down the line.” stated Christopher Krohn, president and CEO of Restaurant.com.
In 2013, “eggs and egg yolk skyrocketed to first place among ingredients mentioned anywhere on menus” according to NewBrandAnalytics, displacing the previous number one, truffles. They were most often seen prepared as deviled eggs. The lure of eggs is due in part to its ability to fit into a wide variety of cuisines.
You can get started with this multipurpose food by trying these delicious egg recipes with a twist:
The versatility of eggs goes beyond preparation to the type of eggs available. Many restaurants are becoming more adventurous by cooking with different egg options such as turkey, quail, duck, ostrich or even emu. This allows chefs to experiment with presentation as well as different textures and flavors.
Whether inside a mixture or cracked on top or the main show, eggs are versatile enough to influence your menu and bring out your customers’ sunny-side.