Protein laden eggs now an essential part of daily diet

World Egg Day takes place on Friday, October 11 and Bord Bia is encouraging people to get ‘cracking’ and create some delicious and versatile eggs dishes, in the coming weeks.

Eggs are known to be high in protein, meaning they are the perfect meal option for post work outs and exercise. They are quick and easy to make and provide fuel for our busy daily lives.

Bord Bia has developed a suite of nutritious and easy recipes which are attached for your review and can be found at www.bordbia.ie/eggs Remember to always look for the Bord Bia Quality Mark when purchasing eggs so that you know they have been produced to the highest Bord Bia quality standards and where they come from.

Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Eggs and Bacon

Who doesn’t love a good caesar salad? One taste of this and you’ll be wondering why you never had eggs in it before now! A great twist on a classic.

Serves 4

Time:15 minutes

1 tablesp. olive oil

3 slices of white or brown bread, cut into cubes

4 smoked rashers, diced

4 eggs for boiling

2 baby gem lettuce, leaves washed and dried

Mature Cheddar Cheese for grating

Dressing

1 whole egg

2 anchovies, finely chopped

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Juice of half a lime

1 clove of garlic, crushed

100mls olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the cubes of bread and fry until golden, set aside. In the same pan add the rashers and cook until crispy, set aside.

Put the eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 3-6 minutes depending on how you want your eggs cooked, soft boiled or hard boiled. Remove from the saucepan and put into a bowl of cold water, then when cold enough to handle peel and set aside.

For the dressing, place the egg, chopped anchovies, mustard, lime juice and garlic in a food processor. Whiz to combine. You can do this by hand if you prefer. Slowly add the oil a few drops at atime, while continuing to whiz until the mixture thickens, taste and season. The dressing should have the consistency of unwhipped cream. If it is too thick, add a teaspoon of warm water.

Roughly tear the lettuce and place in a large mixing bowl. Add 4-5 tablespoons of the dressing and toss well to coat. Add the croutons and bacon and toss again. Cut the boiled eggs into quarters.

Divide the salad into four serving bowls and top with boiled egg quarters. Grate on some cheese and serve immediately.You will need only half this dressing, the rest can keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.

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