An egg industry group believes the nation's per capita egg consumption could rise in 2012 by an egg or two. That's good news for egg producers, because egg consumption has been dropping for the last five years, a trend no doubt driven by concerns about cholesterol and conditions at massive chicken farms.
So what's going to lure eaters back to eggs? At least around Seattle, Salvadorean Bakery's pan picante breakfast plate might do the trick.
White Center's beloved bakery makes all variety of savories and sweets, but I'd wager it's no accident that the airy, eggy pan picante - a kind of cheesy Latin spoonbread seeded with lots of onions and jalapenos - is seated on the top shelf of the display case.
Baked until its edges turn coppery brown, the bread is a perfectly fine stand-alone snack. But if it's the morning (and especially if it's the morning after a hard-drinking night), far better to splurge for the plate, which features a re-upped version of the roll.
The flavors of the eggs, cheese and onion are squared with the tucking of an oniony egg scramble and melty Monterey Jack cheese between the roll's halves. The sharpness of the jalapenos is still palpable, but the sandwich is a blur of soft bread and satisfying oiliness. And for good measure, fries are served on the side. There are few more delicious ways to reach your per capita egg-consumption expectations.