This is a two birds one stone kind of post.
First: this is a killer breakfast recipe that is delicious comfort. If anyone feels deprived after eating an egg in a jar, then have another egg in a jar.
Second: when people have asked me for my Cauliflower Mash recipe, I’ve always directed them to the Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash. But now I have the recipe for a perfect Cauliflower Mash here, ready for it’s time to shine. It’s so delicious and easy to make, there’s no need to encourage white potatoes back into your life.
Enjoy making Egg in a Jar for a weekend indulgent breakfast or brunch. Then keep the leftover cauliflower mash to serve with a steak for dinner.
Note: if you’d like to make this dish dairy free, then follow the substitutions indicated in the ingredient lists.
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- 2 16-ounce bags cauliflower rice or cauliflower pearls
- 2 tablespoons salted butter (or dairy free butter)
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream (or coconut cream for dairy free)
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or cream fraiche (or non dairy yogurt)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup grated gruyère,manchego, gouda, or cheddar cheese (or dairy free cheese)
- Snip and discard one corner of each of the bags of cauliflower rice. Microwave both bags standing up for 5 minutes. Cauliflower will be steaming hot in the bags, so be careful. Lay a clean dry kitchen towel out on the counter. Pour cauliflower out of bags evenly onto the towel. Roll up cauliflower and press the excess water out. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to to cool while prepping pancetta and eggs for Egg In A Jar.
- When ready, using a Vitamix or food processor, carefully pour in cauliflower pieces. Then add butter, cream, sour cream, garlic powder, and season with salt and pepper. Pulsing the Vitamix or food processor, mash the cauliflower into a firm purée. In the Vitamix, you will need to use the tamper to mash down the contents towards the blades. Open the lid and taste the mash, add grated cheese, close the lid and pulse a few more times to blend in the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste one additional time, if needed. Cauliflower Mash is now ready to serve.
Egg In A Jar with Cauliflower Mash
- 1/2 cup cubed pancetta, or 6-8 slices bacon
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 6 eggs
- Cauliflower Mash
- 6 1/2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream, for garnish (or non-dairy yogurt)
- 1 tablespoon minced chives, for garnish
- Prepare pancetta or bacon: cook until crispy using your preferred cooking method, whether on a sauté pan until done through and crispy or in a preheated 400 degree oven until done through and crispy. Let drain on a paper towel and set aside. If using bacon, crumble slices into bits.
- Bring a sauce pan 3/4 full with water to boil on medium high heat. Add vinegar. Gently crack each egg one by one into the boiling water and let poach until desired doneness, about 3 minutes average. Carefully remove each egg from the boiling water and let drain on a paper towel while preparing the jars.
- Using six small mason jars or ramekins, scoop each one halfway full with Cauliflower Mash. Sprinkle some pancetta pieces, then top with remaining Cauliflower Mash, leaving a divot for a poached egg. Top each jar with a poached egg, garnish each with a 1/2 tablespoon of crème fraîche, and sprinkle minced chives on top. Serve immediately.