I have become a huge fan of Burlap and Barrel Single-Origin Spices. I recently got a shipment, and wanted to find a recipe that would highlight the incredible Urfa Chili, Silk Chili, and Cured Sumac. And so this Turkish-inspired brunch was born. The spices absolutely shone, and it’s an awesome, easy, and pretty damn impressive brunch.
Suitable for: Keto, Low Carb, Primal. For Paleo or Whole30 sub Greek Yogurt for compliant coconut or almond yogurt.
2 scallions roughly chopped
1/4 cup parsley
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup basil
1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 tsp za’atar
Good squeeze of lemon
Salt and black pepper to taste
Urfa Biber Eggs
1 cup full fat Greek yogurt (or sub plain lactose free/coconut yogurt)
1 small clove garlic
3 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp Urfa Biber chili (I used this one)
1 tsp Aleppo or Silk chili (I used this one)
Rocket/arugula or other fresh greens
Salt and pepper
Sumac (I used this one)
Start by making the herb sauce. Put all ingredients into a small blender or mortar and pestle and blend until smooth paste. Taste as you go and adjust to your preference!
Next, make the yogurt base. Finely grate 1 small garlic clove into 1.5 your yogurt. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Next, make the chili butter. Put your chilies into a small bowl. Melt the butter in a small pan over low heat until it’s turned lovely and brown (don’t let it burn!), then pour over your chilies and stir well.
Prepare your plates: start with a round pool of your yogurt mix on one side of the plate. Add a nice big spoonful of the herb sauce next to it, and put your greens in the free space.
Lastly - poach your eggs! Get the water to simmering (not a rolling boil) and season with salt. Strain your first raw egg through a fine mesh sieve so the stringy bits of white fall away, and pop it in a cup. Stir your water one way (e.g. clockwise) so it creates a little vortex, and drop your first egg in the middle - this will help the white wrap around the yolk and not go stringy. Repeat with your other eggs - I recommend using a pretty big pot and only having two in at once, so the eggs don’t stick. After 2-3 minutes take your eggs out with a slotted spoon and gently remove any excess water with a paper towel.
Place two eggs per plate on top of the yogurt. Drizzle the chili butter liberally over your eggs and greens, and season everything with salt, pepper, and sumac.