Phantom Eggs (Now you see them, Now you don’t)

About the Name:

I’ll be honest.  I’m not entirely certain where this name comes from.  I think it comes from the 42nd Nancy Drew book, The Phantom of Pine Hill.  Because of the four Nancy Drew books with the word Phantom in their titles, that was the only book released at the time the cookbook was first published. The next book with the word Phantom in the title, The Sky Phantom would be released three years after the cookbook.  Of course, I’m assuming the name of this recipe comes from the title of a book, rather than being a generic term for the kind of mystery Nancy is famous for solving. (Ironically, the majority of original text Nancy Drew books lacked the haunting elements that are now so closely identified with her.  I’ve been rereading them (I’m up to the 20th book) and have only encountered two hauntings, one of which was solved before the halfway point.)

Assuming that the name comes from The Phantom of Pine Hill, the book features Nancy and friends visiting Nancy’s boyfriend Ned at Emerson College. While there, they find lost wedding treasures, missing jewelry and solve the phantom of the library.

Besides the mystery, there are also several scenes of Nancy and Ned just having fun together.  A very enjoyable book.


About The Recipe:

This recipe is for hardboiled eggs, with a few additions.  It is the first entry in the Brunch section


Taste:  I’m the kind of person who puts ketchup on eggs, so I thought this recipe was okay.  The breadcrumbs don’t really add anything to it.  The green pepper might if there was more of it.  My taste tester who does not like ketchup on eggs could only eat one bite.

Ease of Preparation: This is fairly easy to prepare, especially if you already know how to hard boil an egg.

Clarity of instructions: The recipe includes directions on how to hard boil an egg, but I’ve seen better instructions in other cookbooks.  It also acts like you’re going to have layers of eggs and sauce, but when I followed their directions of slicing the egg into 5-6 pieces, four eggs covered the first layer leaving only one egg on the second layer.  Either my 8×8 baking dish was too large, or I should have made more egg slices.

Presentation:  Not the prettiest recipe, though at least the eggs are hidden as implied in the recipe name.


Conclusions: This is a mediocre recipe.  It’s definitely not the worst in the book, but I doubt I will ever make it again, and it will be hard to finish off the leftovers.

Verdict:  4/10


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