I Made Cloud Eggs, and My Breakfast Has Reached New Heights
This cute and creative egg dish is all over Pinterest—and we can see why.
Cloud eggs are back again in a big way on Pinterest, and we're loving every bite of this classic egg favorite. The meringue-like nests of fluffy whites and creamy yolks are an innovative upgrade to our everyday breakfast. The whites become an airy, puffy, and slightly crispy texture (similar to popcorn) and the yolks are velvety and spreadable. Read on to learn how to make light-as-air cloud eggs for yourself.
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Cloud eggs are a heavenly way to prepare this basic protein. One egg is the equivalent of one cloud egg, so this is an easy recipe to make for only one person or a large group. To make this cloud eggs recipe, preheat the oven to 400ºF. Carefully separate the egg whites from the egg yolk and set the yolks aside in separate bowls so that they maintain their shape. Using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, about 4 minutes. Once the peaks form, you can gently fold in parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, diced ham or bacon, or chopped veggies (do this carefully so that you don’t deflate the egg whites). Scoop about ½ cup of egg whites onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and form into a circle. No need to be exact—after all, every cloud has a freeform shape. Using a spoon, create a well in the center of the egg white cloud (that’s where the yolk will go, but don’t put it in yet). Bake the egg whites for three minutes; then, carefully drop one whole egg yolk into each meringue well and bake for another four minutes. Use a spatula to transfer the cloud eggs to a plate and serve warm.
Cloud eggs are delicious served over multigrain toast, an English muffin, or as an added protein on a green salad. Garnish with fresh chives, crushed red pepper, flaked sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. For an extra decadent finish, shave Parmesan cheese or sprinkle a shredded sharp cheese on top of the cloud eggs and bake for an extra 30 seconds to melt the cheese.
Because cloud eggs bake in a 400ºF degree oven for seven minutes total, any potential bacteria, including salmonella, is cooked off. For an extra preventative measure, you can check the temperature of the yolk with an instant read thermometer. Gently stick the probe in the center of the yolk; the temperature should read 160ºF, which is proof that the egg is safe to eat.