Egg-in-a-Hole with Green Goddess Dressing

Serves 4 to 6. Recipe is reprinted with permission from “Modern Comfort Cooking” by Lauren Grier (Page Street Publishing Co., Dec. 5, 2017). Grier writes, “Whenever we have family or friends coming to town, I make sure to have something in the fridge we can nosh on, especially for breakfast. The ceremony of letting folks wake up casually, sip a hot cup of coffee and talk about plans for the day is something I cherish. My standard company breakfast is an egg casserole that I whip up the night before and slide into the oven the morning of. But time is precious, so I’ve got a way to feed a crowd even faster! Hold onto your horses, and meet the modern version of an egg casserole: baked egg-in-a-hole. All you have to do is lay bagel slices in a casserole dish, crack an egg into the hole and bake! Breakfast is ready in less than five minutes. But don’t forget the green goddess dressing for a little extra nourishment!”

3 whole wheat bagels, sliced in half

6 large eggs

2 anchovies packed in oil, drained

1 cup packed basil leaves

¼ cup packed flat-leaf parsley

1 clove garlic, peeled

¼ cup fresh dill

2 tablespoons chopped jalapeño

½ cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground pepper

Avocado slices, for garnish

Cucumber rounds, for garnish

Microgreens, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place bagel slices into the bottom of the baking dish. Depending on your bagel size, you may need to use a small knife to cut a bigger hole to ensure the egg will sit nicely inside the bagel. Crack an egg into each bagel hole. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake the eggs for about 5 minutes, or until the egg whites are set. Remove the baking dish from the oven.

2. In a food processor, blend the anchovies, basil, parsley, garlic, dill, jalapeño, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth, adjusting the salt and pepper, as needed.

3. Drizzle the bagels with the green goddess dressing and garnish with avocado, cucumber and microgreens.

Variation: This dish would be fun to serve at a large gathering! Simply make a few batches of baked egg-in-a-hole and provide a toppings bar to go along.