# 213 Brunch Picks


Reprinted with permission from Burger Bar Cookbook by Hubert Keller and published by John Wiley & Co.

This little burger is a quiche without the crust. It would make a fun and savory weekend breakfast or brunch. The batter can be mixed together the night before. For baking, use silicone poached egg cups or jumbo muffin molds.

Serves 4

12 large basil leaves
3 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 ounces ham, cut into a fine julienne
Salt and freshly ground pepper
About 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 English muffins
4 large leaves butter or Bibb lettuce
1 ripe tomato, preferably heirloom, thinly sliced
1 ripe avocado
4 slices prosciutto
Fruit Fries (page 00)

Preheat the oven to 375ยบ F.

Stack the basil leaves in 2 piles. Fold them in half along their spines, and then cut crosswise into a very fine julienne. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, Parmesan, and nutmeg. Add the basil, parsley, julienned ham, and salt and pepper to taste. Go easy on the salt as the ham provides salt.

Melt about 1/2 teaspoon butter in each of 4 ovenproof poached egg cups and arrange them on a baking sheet. Divide the egg mixture evenly between the cups. Bake them until golden brown on top, about 15 minutes. The burgers puff up during baking and then will deflate when they come out of the oven.

While the burgers are baking, toast the muffins, butter both sides with the remaining butter, and keep warm. Slice the avocado very thinly and fan out the slices on the cutting board. Divide them into 4 portions.

To assemble the burgers, arrange a lettuce leaf on each bottom bun. Top with a tomato slice, and then unmold the burgers onto the tomatoes. Top each with a small fan of avocado and then a prosciutto slice. Close with the bun tops and serve with a small bowl of Fruit Fries on the side.

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