Down in the small but pretty town of Saylors Crossroads, South Carolina, there’s a little restaurant that’s starting to make quite a name for itself. And, with a name like Grits and Groceries, it’s only natural. It’s in an old country store in an historic building. The building itself might be old, but the interior is full of fresh ideas from owners Heidi and Joe Trull and their son Tom. And the kitchen is stocked with locally-grown organic produce and dairy goods.
My parents live in nearby Anderson, and they love taking the family there when we visit.
Grits and Groceries has a wonderful recipe for Smoked Salmon Shirred Eggs. Sometimes it’s fun to make something that looks like you’ve spent all day working on it.
It’s even more fun when it tastes like you’ve spent that long on it, but it was actually quick and easy to whip up.
I was excited when I found out that Janel G. had suggested “eggs” as our Iron Chef secret ingredient this week. Great suggestion, Janel! We love eggs at our house, and this recipe was just the perfect one for egg week.
1/2 lb. smoked salmon, thinly sliced
1 cup heavy cream
1 T fresh dill
salt and pepper, to taste
6 pieces of toast
tomato slices to serve with
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Select 6 nicely-shaped coffee or dessert cups. Line the sides with smoked salmon, pressing it firmly up the insides of the cups. Crack 2 eggs in each cup and add a splash of cream (just over 2 tablespoons) Sprinkle dill on top and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 15 minutes or until the whites have set and the yolk still slightly soft. Allow to set for a few minutes after removal from the oven. Turn each cup out onto a piece of toast and serve with tomato slices. 6 servings.
(Note—Grits and Groceries’ eggs look prettier. :) My turning-out skills leave much to be desired.)
If you’d rather, you can even leave the shirred eggs in the coffee cup….which I did for the first photo.
Don’t forget to continue sending us your suggestions for our next Secret Ingredient for Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen Iron Chef. You could be a winner, too…just like Janel!