Low-Carb Toad in the Hole

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I’m a firm believer in the idea that you eat with your eyes first.  So even the most humble of dishes should be plated with care so that they look their best.  This way you’re happy to eat it – you don’t feel like you’re eating diet food!  I know that this isn’t one of the prettiest dishes that I’ve made, but it does look like comfort food and the use of fresh herbs elevates the flavours and the look of it on the plate.  I think Jamie Oliver would agree with me when I say mushrooms and thyme are best mates.  And garlicky buttery mushrooms have always been a favourite combo of mine.  This dish serves 4.

Ingredients:

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  • 3 tbsp butter (it’s low carb, not low fat!)
  • 4 shallots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A variety of mushrooms – I went for 2 packs of mushrooms – 1 of cremini and one of portabello.  Why not let the grocery store do the work?  Thanks Metro!  Mushrooms should be cut into small-ish pieces.
  • fresh thyme
  • Baby kale and baby spinach mix – you can of course mix your own.  I used about 6 cups of it.
  • 4 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Melt 2 tbsp butter in pan on medium to high heat.
  2. Slice shallots and add to pan.
  3. Finely dice garlic. Add to pan.
  4. Add in more butter – I find these veggies just soak it up.
  5. Add in mushrooms.  Stir-fry them until they start to release liquid.
  6. Add in the spinach and kale.  Pile it in the pan until you can barely stir it because it’s so full.  It seems like we’re using a lot of veggies, but it reduces significantly.

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7.  Stir in kale and spinach until it wilts.  This will take about 5 minutes.

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8.  Add in salt and pepper to taste.

9.  Turn on the broiler to high (500 degrees).

10.  You have some options here.  For me, I was just making myself breakfast, so I took out 3/4 of the mixture to save for later.  But you can apply this step for 4 servings as well.

11. Pile up the veggies and make wholes for the number of eggs you will use.  If you’re making all 4, make 4 holes.  I made one hole for my 1 little toad in the hole.

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12. Crack the egg into the hole and let it cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat.

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13.  Put the dish under the broiler for about 3 minutes.

14.  This gave me a nice runny yolk and cooked whites.  If you like your eggs differently, adjust time/temperature accordingly.

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15.  Plate it up!  Sprinkle over some more fresh thyme.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do:)

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