Luckily, my girl is not a picky eater. We do not need to chase her with a spoonful of food trying to persuade her to have a bite. As of late, she has gone off broccoli a little (she loved them and mange-tout beans at around 1.5 years), but she loves peas and carrots now. And cucumbers! So no problem here.
One thing she has failed to get excited about so far has been eggs. She does not hate them, she just shows no interest whatsoever. (Unless they are in pancake batter, but I do not think that counts). Dinosaur eggs, however, are a totally different matter. We have had them twice so far and both times with great success. I mean, who wouldn’t like some dinosaur egg?..
The recipe is very simple. It comes from a Lithuanian book called “Gustavo receptai”. Gustavas is a children’s TV character. His shows are very unique, filled with fun educational stories as well as recipes. The book is aimed at kids and their parents as well. The recipes are easy to make and most of them put a creative twist on simple ingredients.
How does one make dinosaur eggs? The short version is very simple: boil the eggs, cover them in burger meat, roll in bread crumbs, and fry. Want more detail? Then, keep reading 😉
You will need:
- 6 hard-boiled eggs
- 1/2 kg (1 lb) minced beef (the book recommends equal parts of minced beef and pork, but I use only beef and it is fine)
- 1 onion
- 1 egg yolk
- salt & pepper to taste
- stale bread bun (I just use whatever bread I have)
- a glass of milk
- dried bread crumbs
- oil for frying (olive oil in our house)
Soak the bread bun in milk, then squeeze the excess milk out. Knead the soft bread into the meat along with the egg yolk and finely grated onion (I skipped the onion both times – no problem). Add salt and pepper and knead everything evenly.
Peel the boiled eggs. Cover them in the prepared meat mince (roughly around 1 cm thick) and shape the eggs. Roll all sides in dried bread crumbs and fry in the pan with oil. Go a little generous on the oil and keep turning the eggs to get an even browning. Dinosaur eggs are ready! Serve them with potatoes, mash or any other vegetable garnish.
Now, the most important part. Before you sit down to eat, maybe even before you start cooking, you need to begin building anticipation. I usually drop it here and there in an excited voice that today we will be having a special meal – dinosaur eggs for dinner!