Last week, I learned that Eggs on a Cloud is a kinda Instagram hit now — my husband showed me an article in a German online magazine. You know Eggs on a Cloud? Where you place a whole egg yolk on top of stiff-beaten egg whites, looking like the bright-colored yolk is floating on a soft, white cloud? The idea is certainly fascinating, and I immediately got several ideas of how to vary and improve the basic recipe, naturally keeping it still simple.
In this post, you will find my experiments and variations as well as the ultimate, super-scrumptious Bacon and Eggs on a Cloud recipe! You couldn’t imagine how simple this tasty and practically zero-carb dish actually is!
Tips for making the Bacon and Eggs on a Cloud
But first some tips. Even the recipe is super simple, I noticed the result is perfect if you consider a couple of things.
Separating the eggs is easier if the eggs are fridge-cold. The yolks don’t break that easily and the whole process just works better if the eggs are refrigerated.
In my opinion (but this is just a matter of taste), the Bacon and Eggs on a Cloud tastes best with a slightly runny yolk. So you’d be better to closely monitor the oven when you are baking the dish, and remove the baking sheet on time just before the yolk turns solid.
It’s worth working swiftly after beating the egg whites. If you wait too long, they start producing fluid that will spread on the baking sheet. Not nice!
Oh, and another thing: please try to keep the yolk from breaking when you place it on top of the bacon! If it breaks, it might cause a nasty leakage, like in the photo below. I placed a yolk on the bacon slices on the egg white cloud, but the yolk broke and was oozing everywhere, causing a nasty mess. I cleaned up most of the mess and placed a new yolk on top. Using very fresh, cold eggs again pays off here: the yolks don’t break that easily.
My Bacon and Eggs on a Cloud experiments
Actually, before even introducing the article in the German online magazine, my husband gave me the idea about Bacon and Eggs on a Cloud. So it’s my husband whom you can thank for this idea! My husband really doesn’t cook, but once in a while he comes up with interesting ideas worth trying. Bacon and Eggs on a Cloud was certainly one of them.
However I still had to figure out: what would be the best way to add the bacon to the basic Eggs on a Cloud recipe? Chopping them and adding them with the beaten egg whites? Fried bacon slices placed under the yolk? Around the yolk? On top of the yolk? Hmm… maybe fried and crumbled bacon sprinkled on top of the egg before baking it?
I bet spices like barbecue seasoning, chives, or onion powder would enhance the taste. I could even add shredded cheese to the beaten egg whites for full satisfaction. But with cheese the whole thing might turn out flat, not that fluffy cloud that it should be…
Well, I had no other choice except to roll up my sleeves and start experimenting.
First, I made the basic recipe; just stiff-beaten egg whites formed into nests and the whole yolk on top (I was planning to season it just with S&P):
Then, I added fried and crumbled bacon on top. I was also planning to sprinkle some barbecue seasoning on top of the whole thing before putting it in the oven, but I simply forgot!
In my next experiment, I mixed some shredded cheese into the beaten egg whites:
(Yes, it turned somewhat flat in the oven:)
And this experiment is with fresh chives sprinkled on top:
How about a bacon ring surrounding the egg yolk? (I almost hear somebody singing “The ring of bacon, the ring of bacon…!”)
Or shredded cheese surrounding the egg yolk?
And my last experiment, yolk on top of fried bacon slices:
Which one do YOU like? I still would have had tons of ideas, but I wanted to stop experimenting because I had found what I was looking for. My personal preference is definitely the last experiment with a yolk on top of bacon slices and that egg white cloud. Seasoned with pepper, it’s just what I needed! (I bet barbecue seasoning would have been the icing on the cake, though that’s not the best idiom here!)
Aaand here is the recipe:
Tips for variation
As you can see from my experiments (which I didn’t even make too many of in the end), there are dozens and dozens of ways to vary this dish. Use your own imagination and make the dish yours! With different spices, cheeses, meats, and veggies, you can make a whole meal — a meal on a cloud, I should say.
Here is how the version with chives turned out:
And this is with crumbled bacon (turned a bit flat, but still tasty):
In the comments, I would love to hear about your variations. Or, if you post photos to Instagram, don’t forget to tag me as well @lowcarbsosimple.