Thursday, May 26, 2011

One Ostrich Egg, Sunny Side Up

The Wind Attack stopped in Portland for a few days on a voyage up the West Coast from Los Angeles. On his way up, he scored a $40 ostrich egg from OstrichLand USA in Solvang so we decided to cook it for the Greek Feaster dinner party. The egg shell then traveled up to Seattle to become a fascinator

I cooked up my first ostrich egg last summer, preparing it scrambled, and making several fritattas from one egg, but we had other ideas how to prepare this particular dino egg - contemplating a soufflé and deviled egg. We couldn't decide. Finally, we waited until the guests came and went for the last ditch effort bold-move sunny side up method. It went something like this:

I only know how to use tools for cracking eggs plus Andy has good aim so this part was all smiles.

You can find real footage of the cracking here.
Mild coronaries pouring egg out of shell

Then again more coronaries pouring egg into frying pan.

Fried in olive oil with an entire chunk of Gruyère shaved on top, this egg was tricky cooking sunny side up because the yolk was so intense while the white part was very light, cooking up like j-e-l-l-o well before the yolk was firm. 

Andy and I picked up some Oregon white truffles at the Portland Farmers Market earlier that day which were planed on top, as well as a sprinkling of fresh parsley. The egg was left in the pan for everyone to self serve. It was the first course to the dinner party...

How did it taste? Well, like a chicken egg except slightly sweeter. The texture was confusing because the whites were gelatinous and the yolk was so rich. 


Lynn said...

Can you describe what an ostrich egg tastes like compared to a chicken egg? I'm very curious!

Ivy said...

Enjoyed reading this,Anna. Well, all I can say is that you all are way braver than me...I could not imagine bringing home and cracking open this huge egg :D I didn't know you need a chisel and hammer to break that egg!!!
How many people did that frittata feed?

Magda said...

That's huge!! I've never seen an ostrich egg up close, let alone crack it open and cook it. :)
It sounds like an adventure.

JustinM said...

Wow, that apron made me do a double-take. But I guess that's the point.

Banana Wonder said...

Lynn - It tastes like a chicken but but a tad bit sweeter. The protein structure is much more obvious as well.

Ivy - Efxaristw! I wonder if you could get an ostrich egg in Greece. I remember the last time I was there my Aunt and I put an order in for ostrich meat with the butcher but I think they got it from another country?

Magda - Thanks! I am in search of an emy egg these days...

Justin - LOLZ. That's my "dirty" apron for cooking. I put on a nicer one for eating/serving :-)

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Mary Bergfeld said...

That is some yolk. I'm surprised the flavor of the egg was so much like that of a chicken. I would have thought it would be stronger. No matter! It looks delicious and I'm sure your guests were thrilled to get something so different. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Lenia said...

Oh my God!What a huge egg!Never seen such an egg before!Dear Annoula,drop by our blog!There is an awrd waiting for you!Kisses from Grrece!

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I've never seen anything like it Anna! Def belongs in the "Jurassic Park" category! I'm loving your experiments...keep them coming!

Lindsay @ Rosemarried said...

holy moses, that is crazy and awesome. I definitely wouldn't be brave enough to tackle an ostrich egg. Looks fab!

Shaheen said...

My goodness what a huge egg. Good to see it on your blog, as I'm certain this Eggstravaganza won't be happening on mine any time soon.

Joyti said...

I've seen ostrich eggs, but never dared to try one. They look HUGE.
How do they taste?

Banana Wonder said...

Jay - Thanks very much for stopping by! I'm glad you like the site.

Mary - I would have thought it to be stronger as well, but after eating two eggs I can vouch for a mild - sweet flavor.

Lenia - Seriously?! Wow! Ok Coming soon.

Peter - Thank you! I bet you could get some sort of platypus egg in Oz? Or maybe I am just dreaming.

Lindsay - What about an emu egg? Cuz I could use some help!

Mangocheeks - Haha, oh well you have amazing extravaganzas going on daily anyway.

Indie.Tea - Like a chicken egg, whether that is a disappointing comparison or not - but sweeter and more protein-ish.

Three-Cookies said...

First time I am seeing ostrich sunny side up. I wonder if restaurants served this - would be offer in fractions. I guess a quarter or half would be enough for a person

Banana Wonder said...

Three-cookies - one O is egg is equivalent to 12 chicken eggs so 1/4 is about right :-)

Helen said...

I'm speechless at the size of that egg! I must give the ostrich egg a try one day. There must be ostrich farms around here in Ontario. Your apron kills me every time I see it LOL! Love it!