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This past Sunday on the farm, my girlfriend Diana made the best egg bake I've ever had. I'm not saying that just because she's my sweetie-pie, I'm saying it because I took a bite, put down my fork, and cried. The Perfect Egg Bake Journey finally reached its destination.

I found Minnesota's Best Egg Bake. Invented two hours west in Truman.

Just Before The Egg Bake (James Rabe)
Just Before The Egg Bake on the Evans Farm. (James Rabe)
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What Makes This Egg Bake So Special?

Two things make Diana's Magical Egg Bake great. One is adding tater tots and the other is a magical ingredient only people in Martin County, Minnesota seem to know about. A rub called Martin County Magic.

Martin County Magic pork seasoning brings out the best in pork chops, ribs and loins. Tested by pork producers, their families, and friends. Click for link.(Martin County Pork Producers / Canva)
Martin County Magic pork seasoning brings out the best in pork chops, ribs and loins. Tested by pork producers, their families, and friends. Click for link. (Martin County Pork Producers / Canva)
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Please Stop Talking About the Recipe and Give Me the Recipe

Fair enough.

Diana's Magical Egg Bake

Ingredients

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Some of the stuff you'll need. Canva
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  • 12 large eggs
  • About a cup of shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (32-oz.) package frozen Tater Tots
  • About a cup of shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound or so of ground pork (farm fresh is best)
  • Martin County Magic Pork Rub to taste
  • Absorbent cloth napkins or shop towels.

Directions

  • About 12 hours before you need the egg bake, break up the ground pork and season it liberally with Martin County Magic.
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • 15-20 minutes before you start, take seasoned ground pork out of the fridge.
  • Brown seasoned ground pork. Do not overcook it unless you like flavorless carbon nibbles in your egg bake.
  • As that's browning, gently whisk together eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, milk, salt, pepper, and ground pork in a large bowl.
  • Make a bottom layer of Tater Tots on a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish (neat as a pin, or sloppy, it does NOT matter unless you like your egg bake to look awesome and devil-may-care, then you just kinda wanna put 'em in sloppy).
  • Gently pour egg mixture over Tater Tots.
  • Top evenly with Cheddar cheese.

Bake 40-50 minutes until it's beautifully brown. You may see some Tater Tot Ice Bergs, that's OK...gives it a wonderful homemade look. Let stand for ten minutes. Serve.

What About the Absorbent Cloth Napkins or Shop Towels.

Oh, hand those out to everyone while it's baking, for the anticipatory drool.

As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: james.rabe@townsquaremedia.com

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