I’m re-posting a story from the early days of The Armenian Kitchen. This time it’s a Dikranagerdsi favorite – ‘Sokhov Boghdonosov Dabag’ (Parsley, Onions, and Eggs) – also known as ‘Ejjeh’ to those from other regions.
|Muffin-style Parsley, Onions, and Eggs served with Basturma!|
The story and recipes:
The combination of parsley and onions is familiar to most of us as the perfect complement to a multitude of dishes, but the practice of mixing them with eggs is especially popular among Armenians from Dikranagerd. My father and my mother-in-law, who both spoke and cooked in the distinctive Dikranagertsi style, called this sokhov boghdonosov dabag.
|Parsley, onions and eggs -aka- sokhov boghdonosov dabag – prepared by Onnik Dinkjian. His recipe is below.(Photo credit: Anahid Dinkjian)|
This might be my favorite breakfast of all time — except, it’s not just for breakfast.
Eggs are generally associated with the morning meal, but this recipe makes a very satisfying meal any time of day. It can be eaten hot, cold, or at room temperature.
And it’s perfect for wrapping in fresh, soft lavash.
Our recipe for Parsley, Onions and Eggs
4 to 6 eggs
1 diced medium yellow onion (or 1 cup chopped green onion)
1 bunch parsley, chopped
1. Beat the eggs until smooth.
2. Slowly heat a 10-inch skillet with just enough olive oil to sauté the onion until slightly soft.
3. Add the sautéed onion and the parsley to the egg and beat again until blended.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Reheat the skillet with about 1/8 inch of oil, being careful not to let the oil smoke.
6. Test by adding a few drops of egg mixture to see if the oil is ready.
7. Slowly pour in enough egg mixture to make a thin sheet slightly thicker than a crepe and about six inches across.
8. Turn once, cooking until slightly brown on each side.
9. Remove and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Onnik Dinkjian’s recipe: Parsley, Onions and Eggs
Note: Ingredient amounts are up to you!
Onion (chopped coarsely)
Fresh Parsley (chopped fine)
Mix all ingredients together.
Use CANOLA Oil, (not olive oil), Heat GENEROUS amount of Canola oil in the pan so that the mixture fluffs up and can almost float in the pan.
(Spoon some of the egg mixture into the hot oil. Cook a few at a time until all mixture is used.)
When browned (on both sides) and eggs are cooked, serve with salt/pepper and fresh parsley sprig for garnish.
Shepherds of long ago created meals of wild greens and herbs as they sought nourishment…