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5 Star Makeover - Caramelised Fennel, Serrano Ham and Fried Quail Egg Brunch Bruschetta

eggs, ham, fennel bruschetta


I have been a long time follower of Natasha's blog, 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures for her innovative flavor combinations and no-fear experiments of various culinary techniques! She is the first non-professional chef, I have seen, who has attempted "sous-vide" at home and successfully at that!

So, when she recently invited me to take part in her 5 Star makeover series, I, predictably, jumped on it and accepted it on the spot. The concept of the series is to give a new unique, gourmet twist to a traditional popular dish. For this month, the theme was Bacon and Eggs.

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Now, I could not have asked for a better draw of ingredients. The quintessential brunch combination has been espoused in many many ways across time and cultures. Everybody has a comfort version and a gourmet version. Versatile as they are, I was also intimidated to a degree. What new twist can I add that has not already been-there-done-that?!

After racking my brains and going over options.. breakfast pizza, terrine, etc.. courses.. main, appetizer, small bites... and cuisines...I finally decided to go with something simple, yet elegant.. one that can be easily attempted at home but with a flavor profile that elevates it beyond the everyday!

Hence, was born my idea of Brunch Bruschetta, a combination of two favorite concepts... a mid-morning meal and crunchy bites that are always a big hit with everyone.

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In NYC Sunday brunch is, perhaps, THE most popular casually, social event, with many NYers waiting for hours outside popular joints completely nonchalant about the brutal cold winds buffeting around them. And, if you walk in Little Italy, you'll see atleast 50% of diners crunching on a crisp crostini topped with fresh ideas.

So, without further ado, let me present to you a Caramelised Fennel Bruschetta wrapped with Serrano Ham and topped with a Fried Quail Egg. :)



Caramelised Fennel, Serrano Ham and Fried Quail Egg Brunch Bruschetta

1 Italian loaf, sliced on deep bias (8 slices)
1 fennel bulb, sliced thin using a mandolin
1/4 lb Serrano ham, sliced thin
8 quail eggs
Balsamic Vinegar for drizzling
salt, pepper and olive oil as needed

Drizzle some olive oil on both sides of the bread slices and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F for 10-12 minutes, turning once in between. Meanwhile, saute the fennel in a little oil until soft and just turning brown. Season simply with salt and pepper. Reserve until ready to assemble.

When the crostinis are ready, equally divide the caramelised fennel onto the crostinis. Wrap each slice and topping with a slice of Serrano ham. Place on the plate and start frying the eggs.

Top each crostini with a fried quail egg, sprinkle with salt and drizzle a touch of balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately.



38 comments:

  1. OMG those are lovely! The perfect brunch item. Your pictures are fabulous.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Mmmmm, anything wrapped in Serrano ham has to be delish...

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  3. Oh yes! I believe you have remade a "classic" in your usual "classy" way! GREG

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  4. Yum! That looks so delicious! What a 5-star upgrade!

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  5. Love those simple yet super good ideas! And I am a big fan of fennel and Serrano ham, so all I can say is: this recipe got everything I like! :)

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  6. Really like your twist ! A rustic fare so elegantly presented !

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  7. These brunch bruschettas are a great idea! I love the caramelized fennel here, and your pictures with the bright yellow perfect egg yolk as a focus are just stunning!

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  8. O drool.... That looks so elegant and especially for a 'bacon/eggs' dish... Just beautiful!

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  9. those quail eggs are just too cute on the bruschettas! i like your remake!

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  10. saw quail eggs today,but didnt buy;-(
    platter looks delicious

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  11. Such an elegant presentation! Excellent job on this challenge

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  12. The perfect brunch item! I absolutely love quail eggs, and it's brilliant to top the bruschetta with them. I like how you added fresh fennel to add a nice herb flavor too! Great job on the makeover!

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  13. That's quite a makeover. I definitely wouldn't recognize it as bacon and eggs. You did a great job!

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  14. What a beautiful blog you have! It's lovely!

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  15. what a gorgeous recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. What a beautiful, flavorful and simply elegant dish! I've been playing a lot with fennel this winter, but haven't tried caramelizing it- and with serrano and quail egg? What's not to love!?! Kudos for a great recipe!

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  17. I will admit that for texture reasons I can't explain, I am not an egg fan, but this dish looks absolutely beautiful in every way. I would have to try it.

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  18. Isn't this a great idea, to get so many talented bloggers with very individual styles together and have them make something... and bacon and egg was a great choice. You did such a beautiful job with it! Love the pictures and the flavors... great to find your blog!

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  19. Beautiful tapa makes me want a tinto de verano (summer wine)

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  20. Absolutely stunning and very, VERY appetising!

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  21. This looks simple and stunning and I can imagine the delicious taste in my mouth right now! And those quail eggs!! Would love to try them just for novelty. :) Congrats on foodbuzz top 9 today!

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  22. Wow! The quail eggs look sensational. Beautiful photographs as always.

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  23. Gorgeous presentation and even more gorgeous recipe.

    Absolutely stunning and delectable!

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  24. It can indeed be hard to figure out what *hasn't* already been done with the bacon and eggs theme, but, whether it's been done before or not, what you've got there is simply stunning, Asha and a thing of great beauty.

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  25. This just invites me to the table. The fennel is perfect and those bright eggs are winking.

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  26. Great job on the challenge Asha... superb pictures, creative dish... BRAVO!

    xo,
    Malou

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  27. I am so glad to have discovered your blog through the cooking club! Your photos are stunning, and I absolutely adore this dish. Looking forward to our next makeover!

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  28. The quail eggs are stunning... and this breakfast as a whole looks wonderful! Can't wait to see your next makeover!

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  29. i just love what you did hear. what a classy dish! the presentation is stunning! nice to have been part of the group with you! hope to continue connecting!

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  30. Excellent make-over, your photos are stunning. We'd welcome this dish on our brunch buffet every Sunday!
    LL

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  31. What beautiful photos - and a great post. Really enjoyed reading it.

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  32. I'm not sure how I missed this makeover, but wow is all I can say. Classy, delicious and something I would eat with gusto.

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  33. Beautiful - these would be good as a dinner party starter.

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  34. Absolutely love this, going to have to try this myself!

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