Spinach Pesto Scrambled Eggs on Garlic Brioche with Country Ham

  • For the brioche, ham, and eggs
  • 90g butter, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 (1cm thick) slices brioche
  • 4 (3/4cm thick) slices bone-in boiled ham
  • 8 large eggs
  • 60ml double cream
  • 20g shallot, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Spinach Pesto, recipe follows
  • For the spinach pesto
  • 60g baby spinach
  • 60g walnuts
  • 100g Asiago cheese, cut into chunks
  • 8 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

In a large frying pan over medium-low heat, melt 45g butter. Add garlic and distribute evenly, then add brioche and coat on both sides with garlic butter. Toast over low heat so garlic doesn't burn until slightly brown and crisp. Remove to a plate. Wipe the pan with a paper towel, melt 15g butter and add the ham. Cook the ham over medium heat to brown slightly on both sides and to heat through. Remove to a plate.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, and shallot. In a nonstick skillet over low heat, melt remaining butter. Cook egg mixture over low heat, whisking the entire time so the eggs form little loose curds. Serve eggs over brioche and dollop top with spinach pesto.

For the spinach pesto: In a food processor, pulse to blend spinach, walnuts, garlic and cheese. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. While machine is running, drizzle in oil until the mixture forms a loose paste. Season, to taste, with pepper.

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