Got To Be NC
Recipe by: Lisa Prince

The inside story

This recipe is perfect for the weekend, it is hearty and delicious. If you don’t want your egg runny in the center, cook it 5-7 minutes but I would recommend a sauce like Hollandaise. This is a 2018 NC State Fair winning recipe created by Bob Mermelstein of Raleigh.

Servings: 6
Cook Time: Prep Time: 25 minutes; Total Time: 45 minutes
Meal Type: Entree
NC Ingredients: Eggs, bacon

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Soft Boiled Eggs:
tsp. salt
large pasteurized eggs, at room temperature
Breakfast Cakes:
cup diced bacon, 1/4-inch dice
large eggs
cup plus 2 Tbsp. flavorless oil
cup sour cream
2 ¾
cup cake flour
Tbsp. baking powder
tsp. baking soda
1 ¼
tsp. kosher salt
cup shredded white cheddar
cup shredded Gruyere
cup grated Parmesan
cup sliced scallion
Tbsp. all-purpose flour


To make the soft boiled eggs:
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a full boil and add the salt.
  2. Gently lower the pasteurized eggs into the water and boil 4 ½ minutes.
  3. Transfer eggs immediately to an ice bath. Remove eggs as soon as they are cool enough to handle.
  4. Gently crack eggs and peel under a thin stream of cool running water.
  5. Gently dry the eggs with a paper towel and refrigerate until cold.
To make the breakfast cakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 455º and grease the wells of a large muffin pan or popover pan.
  2. Fry the diced bacon until crisp. Drain well and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and oil. Whisk in the sour cream until combined.
  4. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir into eggs in thirds, stirring only until just combined. Stir in white cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan, scallions, and reserved bacon.
  5. Spoon a few tablespoons of batter into each well of the muffin pan and push the batter up the sides of the wells. Batter needs to be thick.
  6. Gently dust the soft-boiled eggs with all-purpose flour and gently place an egg upright in each well.
  7. Fill a piping bag with remaining batter and pipe the batter around each egg, filling the well and completely covering the egg. Smooth the dome with the back of a spoon.
  8. Bake 16 minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown.
  9. Let cool in pans 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from pan and continue cooling on a rack.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature with Tabasco salt.