This Super-Simple Way I Make Scrambled Eggs Feel Fancy

updated Jan 30, 2020
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Scrambled eggs are one of the easiest, most comforting foods, especially when served with a slice of buttered toast. There is no wrong time to eat them: Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this humble dish will fill your belly and feed your soul.

But what if you want your scramble to feel a bit less ho-hum, a bit more special? What if, on some mornings, you, yourself, are feeling a little bit fancy and want your breakfast to match your mood?

For me, this happens when I decide to take a break from my ordinary routine and have a bit of a work-in: I work from my couch, in my pajamas, and take a mid-morning break to cook myself a late, less-hurried breakfast. On those days, since it already feels a little luxe to cook myself a meal at 10 a.m. while wearing my pjs, I like to give the scramble a little upgrade.

2 Ingredients That Make Scrambled Eggs Feel Fancy

When I am cooking up a two egg scramble for myself, I love to finish it off with:

It doesn’t take any extra time, and it’s hardly revolutionary (I’ve written before about how well eggs and olive oil go together) but I find these two fancy-ish ingredients take my plate to the next level. It’s something I learned at one of my favorite cafes in New York City, Buvette, which serves theirs in a similar manner.

A nice extra virgin olive oil has grassy, savory notes that complement the flavor while the fat adds richness. And the flaky sea salt adds both salt (of course) and an unexpectedly delicate crunch. It’s important to use the good stuff, though. Standard olive oil and kosher salt won’t have nearly the same effect.

Credit: Sheela Prakash

Sometimes I fold in a little baby spinach or arugula, too, and cook it until it just wilts. But that makes my breakfast eggs feel virtuous, not special. It’s the finishing garnish of olive oil and sea salt that somehow make me feel like I am treating myself rather than simply fueling myself.

Your turn: What’s your favorite way to make your breakfast eggs taste extra fancy?