Tomato and Basil Scramble with Fresh Mozzarella
This colorful scramble is easy to toss together: the trick is to scramble the eggs until barely set, remove the pan from the stove top, and let the eggs finish cooking with the residual heat of the pan. It’s a great go-to egg dish during the summer, when cherry tomatoes and sweet-scented basil reach their fullest flavors.
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbs. minced shallot
- 1 cup (6 oz./185 g.) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 12 eggs
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1/4 lb. (125 g) fresh mozzarella, cubed
In a large nonstick fry pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 1 minute. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until hot and beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the tomato mixture to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1 Tbs. of the basil, 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper just until thoroughly blended. Do not overbeat.
Add the butter to the fry pan and melt over medium-low heat. When the butter is hot, add the egg mixture to the pan and cook until the eggs begin to set, about 20 seconds.
Stir with a heatproof spatula, scraping up the eggs on the bottom and sides of the pan and folding them toward the center. Repeat until the eggs are barely cooked into moist curds. Add the cherry tomato mixture and the mozzarella and stir to distribute throughout the eggs. Remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs stand in the pan to allow the residual heat to finish cooking them and melt the mozzarella, about 1 minute.
Sprinkle the remaining 1 Tbs. basil over the eggs and serve immediately. Serves 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Breakfast Comforts, by Rick Rodgers (Weldon Owen, 2010)