It’s become my favorite breakfast dish. It’s in a league of its own. And that’s why it gets its own name. Eggocado.
Start out with some free-range eggs. Next cut up an avocado. Shred or break up a bit of Parmesan cheese on top. You’ve got yourself an eggocado.
Here’s a selfie of an avocado to get you inspired!
Why farm-fresh eggs?
Ah, the classic question when it comes to eggs. Organic, free-range, caged or barn-raised. Let’s quickly go over the different terms.
Organic: Free range eggs are from hens that are usually on smaller farms. They are fed organic ingredients. They have full access to the outdoors and are not caged. Price per dozen is about $10 New Zealand dollars (about $8 USD). So, yes, spendy. Companies have to be certified organic to be able to use the term “organic.”
Free-range: Free-range systems provide hens with outdoor access but the size of the outdoor area can vary widely. There is no specific size of space for the outdoor area. The chicken must be given full access to the outdoors, however. Price per dozen is about $7NZD and $5USD.
Competition for the free-range dollar has seen an explosion of egg brands claiming to be laid by birds raised the “old-fashioned” way. What does this mean? The term “free-range” doesn’t necessarily require certification so some eggs at the store that are labelled “free-range” may not be free-range. In New Zealand the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is the only true certifier. If the eggs don’t have a SPCA Blue Tick stamp on the carton, they may not be free-range.
Studies (1, 2) suggest the nutritional content of eggs from hens that forage daily on a grass range is superior to that of eggs produced by conventional means. These studies report higher levels of Omega-3 and Vitamins A and E, and lower levels of total fat. You don’t have to read these studies, however. I can usually see and taste the difference.
Cage-free: “Cage-free” egg production means the chickens are raised in barns, free-range and/or organic systems. Kinda of ambiguous but still good as long as the chicken roam outdoors freely.
Barn-raised: Barn systems house the hens in sheds. The hens can move around inside the shed but they don’t have access to an outdoor area. They are usually unhealthy and plump.
Caged: Cage systems are the most common method of egg production. Chickens live in caged, usually packed full and unsanitary. Chickens can’t roam around outside or even in a barn so they are usually unhealthy and fat. Think of people who don’t move around. Ya, don’t buy caged eggs.
Enough about the eggs already…
Now that we have our terms straight. Let’s get to breakfast!
1. First step is to fry up two free-range or organic eggs. You can cook on low low heat for sunny-side up, scramble or whatever your heart (and stomach) desires.
2. Then cut and spoon out the meat of an avocado.
3. Shred and spread on the Parmesan, baby!
Did I just call you baby?
You know what I mean.
Yep, three steps.
Real ingredients. Real simple. Real good.
Thank you, ladies and gentleman. Let’s hear it for the Eggocado!