I think we can all agree that the best part of brunch is the classic Eggs Benedict and the wonderfully poached egg that sits atop your brunch entree. A perfectly poached egg with a sultry and creamy bright yellow yolk is the biggest reason to get out of bed on the weekends, (besides Mimosas). A poached egg can also be a great accompaniment for lunch and dinner including being placed on top of salads, veggies, pasta, and fried rice. Master the perfect poached egg in your home with these quick and easy steps.
For a perfect poached egg, you must start with a fresh egg. The fresher the eggs, the better they will come together when they begin to poach. Crack each of your fresh eggs in a small bowl or ramekin, 1 egg per bowl before adding into the poaching water. Cracking your egg in a small bowl will allow for better control when dropping in the water, versus dropping the egg directly in the water which can result in stringy whites, and egg shell pieces in your water.
Delicious Recipes that include Poached Eggs at the bottom of this post.
Who knew that poached eggs like whirlpools! Start with a large deep skillet or pot, making sure that when filled with water the egg will be fully submerged. Next add a splash of vinegar to your water. Vinegar helps firm the whites while cooking. Next bring your water to a light simmer, but not a boil. Boiling water is too hot for poached eggs and the end result will not be a poach. Stir water in a gentle circular motion creating a “whirlpool” effect. While the water is still spinning, slowly drop the egg into the whirlpool. The spinning motion helps the whites wrap around the yolk. Make sure that you are not poaching too many eggs in the same water. Dropping too many eggs in the water, will lower the temperature of the water. If serving eggs later, place poached egg in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and when needed, drop egg back in simmering water just to warm them up.
Cook your poached egg in the water for about 3 minutes. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to catch excess water. You can now enjoy a delicious poached egg all morning long. Need ideas of what to do with Poached Eggs? How about Sautéed Collard Greens with Poached Egg or Kale Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette and Poached Egg.
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