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Eggs can take so many forms, from eggs Benedict to frittatas. Even omelet styles diverge—the French prefer a pale, creamy rolled version while Americans opt for a slightly browned omelet that gets folded in half. One thing the world can agree on? Eggs are one of the best breakfast foods around. They mix well with other ingredients and have the power to fuel you until lunch (and possibly beyond). Use Food & Wine’s guide to discover egg-focused recipes from some of the best chefs around the world.

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Eggs Benny Toast

The secret to this super-simple eggs Benedict? Cornstarch. It stabilizes the emulsion in the hollandaise, helping to prevent the sauce from breaking while it cooks over direct heat. Easier than poaching, gently steaming eggs results in delicately tender whites and smooth, creamy yolks.

Kai Jeow Moo Sab (Thai Fried Omelet with Pork)

“The first time that I ate one of these omelets was on the street in Thailand,” says Leah Cohen, chef of New York’s Pig & Khao. “I had never eaten a deep-fried egg and I was shocked that it was crispy but still tender. My mind was blown and [the] low-and-slow egg cooking that my French training taught me was turned on its ear.” Two important tips: Whisk the eggs well until light and frothy and uniform in color, and make sure that the oil is smoking hot.

Escarole Shakshuka

Eggs poached in a savory sauce are livened up with the addition of silky, sweet escarole and tangy feta. A deliciously bright addition to your breakfast or brunch spread, serve with crusty bread or toast for sopping.

Breakfast Egg Cups with Parsley Gremolata and Mushrooms

These surprisingly elegant, savory herb-topped eggs bake up in a muffin pan, so it’s easy to make breakfast or brunch for a few days—or for more than a few people. Serve any leftover breakfast egg cups sandwiched between buttered, toasted English muffins or brioche slices.Related: More Egg Breakfast Recipes

Chilaquiles Rojos with Fried Eggs and Cotija

Charring the tomato and onion before adding them to the red chile sauce is a quick way to create rich, slow-cooked flavor. Thick-cut fresh tortilla chips soak up the sauce and runny egg yolks without getting soggy.
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Boursin Omelet

This beautifully basic omelet is the sleeper hit of chef Michael Tusk’s French-inflected bar à vin menu at Verjus in San Francisco. An homage to his love of dairy, spreadable garlic-herb cheese melts richly into the creamy center of the tender eggs. While it makes for a delicious and satisfying breakfast, this omelet is best with some crusty baguette, a crisp salad, and a glass of Chardonnay.

Scrambled Eggs with Cumin and Fragrant Herbs (Ande Ki Bhurji)

A traditional Indian scrambled egg dish, ande ki bhurji includes an almost equal amount of fresh yellow onion to eggs. As the beaten eggs cook (until they are fully set but not browned), the onion sweetens and mellows. Topped with toasted cumin seeds, cilantro, and fresh green chiles, this meal is fragrant and savory, with a distinct vegetal crunch.

Matzo Brei with Caramelized Onions

“Why are you making fried cardboard?” my first husband asked the first time he watched me make matzo brei. He had never before encountered this classic Jewish dish. Then he tasted it, his eyes went wide, and he asked for more.I have never known anyone who could resist it; even my son, the world’s pickiest eater at the age of two, was in love with it. As for me, if I could eat only one food for the rest of my life it would be this remarkably simple dish in which a few basic ingredients are magically transformed into something comforting and compelling.Rumors are floating about that there are people who like their matzo brei sweet. This, of course, is an abomination: Matzo brei should never mix with sugar. While I tend to be a purist—nothing but matzos, eggs, butter, and salt—I occasionally add caramelized onions which, in my opinion, make almost everything taste better.And now, on to my matzo brei rules:1. Do not use those fancy new handmade matzos. Store-bought is fine.2. Caramelize the onions slowly and for a very long time. You want them to be on the dark side.3. Good butter is the secret to great matzo brei.4. When in doubt, use more.5. Break the matzos into a strainer set over a bowl so you catch all the tiny crumbs. They make the texture more interesting.6. Don’t get your matzos so wet they go limp.7. Some people cook their matzo brei in one piece, as if it were an omelet. Don’t. One of the great things about this dish is the textural variation: Some bits are fluffy as clouds, others crisp enough to crackle.8. Do not use a nonstick pan because it will prevent you from achieving the results in rule 7.9. This recipe serves 4, but the proportions are 1 egg and 1 matzo per person, so adjust to your needs.10. Say the word right: “brei” rhymes with “fry.”