When Jacques Pépin was a kid, eggs were a staple on his table. Meat or poultry showed up there once a week, at the most, and more often than not, their "meat" dinners consisted of a delicious ragout of potatoes or cabbage containing bits of salted pork or leftover roast. Eggs were always a welcome main dish, especially in a gratin with béchamel sauce and cheese. He loved them in omelets with herbs and potatoes that his mother would serve him hot or cold with a garlicky salad.
His favorite egg recipe, however, was his mother's creation of stuffed eggs, which he baptized 'Eggs Jeannette.' To this day, he has never seen a recipe similar to hers, and he still enjoys it often at his house.
Jacques Pépin: Versatile IngredientsGreat Comfort Food Recipes
2 to 3 tablespoons leftover egg stuffing (from above)
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon water
Dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
How to Make It
Put the eggs in a small saucepan, and cover with boiling water. Bring to a very gentle boil, and let boil for 9 to 10 minutes. Drain off the water and shake the eggs in the saucepan to crack the shells. (This will help in the removal of the shells later on). Fill the saucepan with cold water and ice, and let the eggs cool for 15 minutes.
Shell the eggs under cold, running water and split them lengthwise. Remove the yolks carefully, put them in a bowl. Add the garlic, parsley, milk, salt and pepper. Crush with a fork to create a coarse paste. Spoon the mixture back into the hollows of the egg whites, reserving 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling to use in the sauce.
Heat the vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet and place the eggs stuffed side down. Cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until the eggs are beautifully browned on the stuffed side. Remove, and arrange stuffed side up on a platter.
For the dressing, mix all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk or a spoon until well combined.
Coat the warm eggs with the dressing and serve lukewarm with crunchy French bread as a first course or main course for lunch.
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