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Here’s the thing about keeping backyard chickens: they don’t lay often in the winter… especially here in Seattle. The ladies just don’t get enough natural daylight to “inspire” them to lay! Some people use heat lamps to get eggs year round, but that feels really unnatural to me. It also can shorten their lifespan! So, instead, I make sure to keep our refrigerator stocked with the best eggs I can get at our local Safeway: Happy Egg Co. Free-est of the Free Range Eggs. I am lucky enough to partner with them today to share why their eggs are the best you can buy, plus a delicious Greek breakfast recipe called Strapatsada!
Before we dig into the recipe, I want to talk about how Happy Egg Co.’s chickens are treated. Not only do they have over 8 acres of pasture to roam, but they get “office hours” of outdoor time! That means they get to play, explore, and scavenge for worms from 9 am to 9 pm which is kinda fun to think about. This plus being fed the very best feed means the eggs are healthier, richer, and better tasting. I’m sort of a snob about my eggs and, I swear, these are the only eggs I will actually buy. I’m serious — this post might be sponsored, but I’ve been a fan of Happy Egg Co for years… even before we got hens!
To shop for your own Happy Egg Co. eggs, head to your local Safeway. Also, be sure to use the Safeway app to save. Right now you can use a Just for U offer to get $1 off one Happy Egg product at your local retailer.
What is Strapatsda?
Just in case you’ve never heard of this breakfast dish before, I wanted to explain a bit about what Strapatsada actually is. This easy-to-make dish combines a few pantry staples to make a hearty breakfast or even a snack. The key ingredients are ripe tomatoes, tomato paste, eggs, and feta. Oh, and crusty bread! You mustn’t forget that.
Personally, I’m of the opinion that any type of tomato will do for this recipe… especially because this is my go-to easy breakfast. I’ve had it with cherry, plum, or even grape tomatoes. I typically have heirloom tomatoes on hand (usually from my garden, depending on the season), and those are the the absolute best!
As usual with my family’s Greek recipes that I share here on the blog, there are a few changes we’ve made to the traditional recipe. For example, some people scrape out the tomato seeds. I do not. I like to use fresh oregano, but a lot of people use basil instead. It’s really up to you. Also, you can use pretty much any sharp, salty cheese such as Xynotyro, Haloumi, or even Manchego. I use feta because it’s what I usually have stocked in the fridge.
Strapatsada Recipe, aka Greek-Style Scrambled Eggs
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 12 ounces fresh tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 Happy Egg Co. Free-est of the Free Range Eggs
- olive oil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- a pinch of sea salt
- a pinch of sugar
- feta, broken into crumbles
- 2 slices of crusty bread
To start, roughly chop the tomatoes. The pieces don’t need to be exact or small. Just a rough chop will do. Drizzle olive oil into a cast iron pan on low-medium heat. Stir in the tomatoes so they are coated in olive oil and allow to cook for about 5 minutes. The tomatoes will start to ooze juices. Next, begin toasting your bread.
While the bread is toasting, mix in the tomato paste, salt, sugar, and oregano. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, crack the eggs and add them to the mix. Stir the eggs and cook until the mixture is creamy. Turn off the heat and crumble feta over the top. Mix together until blended. Then, spoon the mixture over toast. Sprinkle with more feta (always) and serve.
As a chicken lady, I like to think that I’m somewhat of an expert on eggs (I’m not really). It’s more that I know what goes into making a chicken happy. And a happy chicken lays a damn good egg, let me tell you. You can tell by the beautiful orange-y yolk and the eggshell thickness. When I crack my Happy Egg Co. eggs, they remind me so much of what my girls lay. It’s uncanny. If you’re looking to treat your family to the best egg around, definitely check out Happy Egg Co. (and save $1 at your local retailer!).