Competition-Inspired Cooking with Your Kids: Heart Your Food

Inspired by a contestant's recipe from Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off, the Food Network Kitchen presents a fun egg-in-a-hole recipe to make with your kids.

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We met our eight kid contestants from Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off this week, and the competition is sure to be fun and fierce. Who else was blown away by the contestants' cooking skills and understanding of flavor pairings? They cooked with ingredients we never expected, like scallops, mussels and smoked salmon.

We loved Olivia’s sweet heart-shaped one-bite creation, and we were super-impressed with her last-minute sweet-to-savory shift. It’s amazing how changing an ordinary food into a fun shape can totally inspire kids (and some adults) to retry a once-refused dish. Or it can just make an old favorite even more fun to eat!

Give heart-shaped food a chance with these Strawberry-Stuffed Cupcakes or these Heart-Shaped Whole-Wheat Pancakes.

You can also add some heart to a regular Egg-in-a-Hole:

Let kids use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the middle of a slice of bread. Then let them crack a large egg into a small bowl. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Swirl the butter around, add the slice of bread along with the cutout, then cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the bread and cutout over with a metal spatula, and if kids are big enough, let them slide the egg into the heart-shaped hole. Continue to cook over medium heat until the egg whites are almost set, 4 to 5 minutes. Then cover and continue to cook until the whites are completely set and the yolk is still runny, 2 to 3 minutes more. (Cook the egg, covered, a little longer for kids and adults who like a firmer yolk.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper, dip the cutout in the yolk and enjoy!

Tune in Monday at 8|7c to see the remaining seven kid chefs cook up a storm.

Photo courtesy of Leah Brickley

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