Since one of my goals this month was to learn to poach an egg, I decided I had better get to it! I followed the direction in the Bible…The Joy of Cooking.
Once you’ve poached an egg, you can serve it in a number of ways! But I decided to make a healthy protein-packed breakfast with a la carte items. Sometimes it’s great to eat this way (any time of day)!
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
One slice bacon
Thin deli urkey
One ounce cheese
A small handful of nuts
One slice whole-wheat toast
This Is How We Do It
Fill a deep pan with 2-4 inches of water and bring it to a rolling boil.
While it boils, assemble everything else so you’re ready to go!
This whole thing goes down pretty quickly so you want to be ready. (I was like PUMPED! I was pacing around the kitchen.)
When it’s boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add the vinegar and salt. One at a time, break each egg into a small bowl or cup.
Bring the edge of the cup level with the surface of the water and slide the egg in gently. The goal is to keep the egg whites from spreading too much; mine spread a lot, but I know this will go away with practice! The eggs floating in the water was the oddest-looking thing!
Keep an eye on the eggs; the book says “with practice you will be able to judge the right degree of doneness.” Till then, just say three minutes or so! Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain well before serving. (Do NOT drain on a paper towel like I did; it got a little sticky-icky.)
Serve with the delicious protein plate!
[This ended up being WAY too much food, and I couldn’t finish the nuts or all the cheese.]
I have only had poached eggs once or twice but YUM! I like my eggs fried because I like runny yolks, but I love how the whites turned out from poaching.
Fun fact: you can also make them 24 hours in advance; as soon as they are done, transfer them to a bowl of cold water and refrigerate. Then just reheat in 150 degree water for 5 minutes. Perfect to make ahead, or have for dinner and then breakfast the next morning!
Poaching…DONE! Thanks, Joy of Cooking!