Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Brunch Green Bean Salad with Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs

Brunch Green Bean Salad with Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs
Right now, I’m harvesting a lot of green beans from my garden and am always trying to come up with delicious and varied ways to enjoy them. This breakfast or brunch salad is a great way to start the day! The addition of soft-boiled eggs puts this dish over the top, in my opinion. The tender-crisp green beans and creamy eggs topped with a sweet and sour dressing and crispy bacon go so well together. The method of boiling the green beans and eggs together in the same pot is a clever one, making this a very quick and easy meal. It makes two servings, but can be either halved to serve one or doubled and tripled to serve many.

Brunch Green Bean Salad with Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs
Makes 2 servings

4 white button mushrooms, sliced
4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons onion, minced
1-1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon granulated erythritol, or to taste
Salt and black pepper to taste
1-1/2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed
4 eggs, room temperature 

1. Fill a large saucepan or pot 1/2 to 3/4 full of water (enough water to cover the eggs completely as they boil). Add salt and bring to a boil over medium to high heat.

2. Meanwhile, sauté the mushrooms in a small dry skillet over medium heat until they release their moisture, about 3 minutes. Remove the mushrooms to a plate and set aside. In the same skillet, sauté the bacon until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels; set aside.

3. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in the skillet. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the vinegar, thyme, sweetener, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Return the mushrooms to the skillet and stir to combine. Keep the dressing warm while the green beans and eggs are cooking.

4. Drop the green beans into the salted, boiling water and set a timer for exactly 8 minutes. At the 5-1/2 minute mark, add the eggs and continue boiling. Drain and rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking. Set the eggs aside in cold water while you pat dry the green beans with a paper towel and divide them evenly between two serving dishes. Toss each serving with 1/2 of the warm dressing and top each portion with crumbled bacon. Carefully peel the eggs, placing two in each serving dish. Cut the eggs in half and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information per serving (1/2 recipe): 277 calories, 10.8 g carbohydrates (3.5 g dietary fiber, 2.6 g sugars, 1 g sugar alcohols), 17 g total fat (5.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 391 mg cholesterol, 506 mg sodium, 107.2 mg calcium, 453 mg potassium, 3 mg iron, 364 ug Vit A, 10 mg Vit C, 21.4 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 6.5 grams

Photo and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2020
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.

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