Sometimes when you're in the kitchen you want to play a recipe by the book. Other times you'll find yourself wondering, "What could I do to take this dish to the next level?" Our answer: a fried egg!

We love you, fried egg. Photo: Westend61/Getty ImagesThey're deliciously delectable, low fat, and add a protein boost to any meal. We've paired a fried egg with five recipes to take them over the top in terms of flavor, aesthetic value, and overall yumminess. Enjoy!

Summer Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Panini with Balsamic Syrup definitely deserves an egg up top!1. Summer Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Panini with Balsamic SyrupBalsamic Syrup drizzled over a fried egg atop ooey-gooey mozzarella and juicy tomatoes? Sign us up.

2. Ratatouille PizzaGive this vegetarian pie some protein power and serve it to the kids. Remy would approve.

3. Buffalo Chicken SlidersWe know what you're thinking..."Chicken on chicken?!" Trust us. The yolk will temper the buffalo heat for any spice-averse eaters.

4. Farfalle with Tomatoes, Onion, and SpinachFormal up your fried eggs with this light and easy-to-make Mediterranean dish.

5. Radish Salad with Orange VinaigretteTurn this side salad into a main with a little egg love.


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