Monday, September 12, 2011

The Art of Poaching an Egg

It's no secret I do love a well-prepared egg. Much like Sam-I-Am, I like them scrambled, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or fried. I like them sweet or savory, in a frittata or quiche or omelet, I do.

But only recently have I dared the poached egg. I had no doubt I would fancy them, but cracking an egg into boiling water seems rather daunting, doesn't it? But. Risk taker that I am ... I dared to gamble.

And quite happy was I! Turns out you just need to bring a small pot of water to a gentle boil, add a teaspoon of vinegar (supposedly keeps the egg from separating, but I like the 'zing' it gives, too), and crack in your egg. Cook for 3 minutes exactly. (5 minutes if you want to avoid a soft-center, but why would you want to do that??) With slotted spoon, fish out of the water and place on top of sourdough toast spread with a little goat cheese and spinach. Salt and pepper.

Another reason to love breakfast.

6 comments:

  1. oh my holy cow, that looks and sounds GOOD (and I am not fond of soft yolks!). Well. We might just be trying this for breakfast.

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  2. That looks so delicious. I've always been afraid to try poaching eggs because as you said, it seems rather daunting. But you made it sound easy so I think I will have to give it a try.

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  3. Thank you for making me hungry for breakfast at 9:00 at night! You do make that sound easy. Do I dare try?! And Anna, you really are an amazing food photographer!!

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  4. Looks yummy!!! (= Haven't had a poached egg in awhile. May have to try them again soon!!! (=

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  5. I need to try this...one of my favorite breakfast meals is eggs benedict, but I've always been too scared to make it myself :). Perhaps it's time!

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  6. I'm not sure if it was your beautiful photo or your witty words but you convinced me to poach an egg this morning (despite my phobia of runny yolks). I cooked mine for 4.5 minutes and served it over cheese toast; it was delicious. I have to agree, it IS another reason to love breakfast... and you seem to do breakfast so well!

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