8/29/08

Orzo with Bacon and a Poached Egg

This recipe is inspired by Chefs Gone Wild's Spaghetti Alla Carbonara.

Instead of getting my apartment ready to be repainted, or packing for my trip to Montreal (!!!!), I was thinking hard about what to make for dinner. I decided to give spaghetti alla carbonara a try. I have made this dish a while ago, and let's just say it did not turn out well.

And then before I even started, I hit a roadblock: I had no spaghetti! And no cheese! (Last night, out of boredom I at all of the shredded Parmesan I had). I decided to use orzo instead. And that's how I came up with Orzo with Bacon and a Poached Egg.

Ingredients

cooked orzo
4 strips of bacon, cut
1/4 cup of sliced onion
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 tablespoon of capers
1 poached egg
cilantro
black pepper

Directions
1. In a hot pan, cook bacon until almost crispy
2. Add onions and garlic to the pan with bacon and cook until the onion and garlic are tender
3. To the pan add cooked orzo and capers
4. While the pasta (orzo) is getting friendly with the bacon, onions, garlic and capers, poach an egg
5. Put orzo et. al. in a bowl, make a well, and put a poached egg into the well
6. Season with black pepper and cilantro

7. Break the egg with a fork, and mix everything together

11 comments:

BlueToYou said...

i am so sold on the orzo thing after seeing all the different ways you can do this. perhaps this dish might also be good with wild rice?

Esi said...

I love me some orzo!! Might have to try this soon

cia007girl said...

Orzo needs to be a secret ingredient on Iron Chef :)

Paz said...

Yes, I love the idea of the orzo in your recipe. The entire dish looks and sounds REALLY delicious! Yum, yum, yum!

Paz

Norm Schoen said...

How was this dish with orzo?

Meg Blocker said...

Cilantro, really? Interesting choice.

Meg Blocker said...

By which I mean, not at all traditional for carbonara, or for pairing with bacon or eggs or cheese. So how was it?

Olga said...

Norm and Meg: it was really, really, really good :)
Might become my favorite comfort food.

TavoLini said...

ooh--that looks fantastic! We like to "poach" eggs in our beans--I'm a big fan of egg in most anything. The runny yolk with the orzo would be just great :)

Sophie said...

I just love orzo & to top that with a poached egg!!!! Wow!

Charlene Austin said...

Holy Cow does this look good! I am just looking around for ideas that I can use to "eat from the pantry/freezer" and this is a must try recipe. Thanks!