A bowl of food with an egg on top of it
November 13, 2023
A bowl of food with an egg on top of it

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Eggs

Serves: 1

Not surprisingly, eggs have something in common with chicken: high choline content. Choline is associated with long-term memory development.

Harissa is a North African sauce made of hot chili peppers and olive oil. It’s commonly used in Tunisian, Algerian, and Moroccan cooking.


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup leeks, sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 2 sprigs parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tsps harissa
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsps half-and-half
  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper
  • Rustic bread, toasted


  1. Set an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a small sauté pan and add sliced leeks with a splash of water and a pinch or two of salt. Cook until leeks are tender, soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer leeks to a ramekin or small baking dish and line the bottom of the dish with them. Sprinkle parsley leaves on top, reserving a few bits for garnish. Spread the harissa over the herbs in a thin layer, using as much as desired.
  4. Crack the egg and gently slide it into the middle of the dish. Add the cream so it covers the egg white. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Bake egg for 8-12 minutes, until cooked to your liking. Serve immediately with grilled or toasted bread.