Monday, December 20, 2010

Entertain Like a Gentleman

During my sophomore year in college I took Public Relations 101. On the first day of class I plopped down next to a neurotic New York Jew and we became fast friends.

Ten years later she married Dave Harap in the best wedding I have ever been to -- New Year's Eve in New York City. And ten years after that they divorced.

Her former husband is a great guy: smart, funny, driven. I'm lucky he and my husband have become closer and closer as time has passed. In fact, I saw on Facebook that he had a business trip planned to Dubai and arranged for my husband to tag along as Dubai had been on his punch list for a long time and it wasn't a place anywhere on my list. Sometime during that trip a cookbook was conceived.

Dave Harap's cookbook is now out: Entertain Like a Gentleman.

Here's one of my favorite recipes from it.

Baked Eggs with Gruyere in Prosciutto Cups

Serves 4
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 oz Gruyere
  • 2 oz fresh spinach
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • 1 small bunch chives
Preheat oven to 350F.

Finely mince the garlic. Cut the tomato in half and push out the seeds with your finger. When you have just the "meat" of the tomato left, chop it into small pieces. Finely chop the 1 T chives.

Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and spinach. Cook until the spinach and tomatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper then set aside.

Spray a muffin pan with vegetables spray. Line each muffin cup with two slices of prosciutto, being sure that the bottom is completely covered and that the prosciutto extends slightly above the muffin cup.

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the spinach mixture into the bottom of each cup. Level it off so the egg has an even landing pad. Top the spinach with two basil leaves. Crack the egg and gently drop it into the muffin cup. Top with Gruyere cheese and chives.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the egg whites are set. The yolk should still be runny and the prosciutto becomes crispy. This is rich enough that one makes a satisfying serving. Enjoy.

Thanks Dave!

1 comment:

Amy said...

PLease update the cooking time - seems a little long! : ) They sound delicious! Hope Tahoe is treating you well!