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Poached eggs

Poached eggs by ted_major
Poached eggs, a photo by ted_major on Flickr.

Techincally, they’re not really poached because they don’t come into contact with the cooking liquid. However, there’s no vinegar taste from the liquid and they keep a nice shape. (The pan also doesn’t need washing.)

  • Eggs
  • melted butter

Bring a pan of water to a simmer.

For each egg, you’ll need a square of plastic wrap and a piece of kitchen twine. Butter the plastic wrap and lay it into a ramekin or coffee cup. Crack an egg into the plastic wrap and then twist it shut and tie off with the twine. I like to leave just a little air space so that it floats–without the airspace, it can sinke and the bottom of the pan can melt the plastic wrap.

Put the wrapped eggs in to simmering water and leave them for about 6 minutes (less if you like a runnier yolk, longer if you like it firmer). Pull them out, cut the string, and turn out onto the plate.

Poached eggs

I like a good poached egg, and I thought I knew how to make them. An article in the April issue of Bon Appetit, however, changed the way I poach eggs. I don’t do it exactly the way that Eli Kaimeh describes, but now instead of adding vinegar to the poaching water, I crack each egg into a ramekin and cover with vinegar. I let it stand for a few minutes to “tighten up the white” while the water boils, and then I slip it into the simmering water and poach as usual. Paradoxically, the egg has less vinegar flavor than poaching in vinegar water, and I get a nicely shaped cooked egg.

Spinach and sausage frittata

Spinach and sausage frittata by ted_major
Spinach and sausage frittata, a photo by ted_major on Flickr.
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1/2 bunch spinach
  • 6 eggs
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat skillet over medium heat. When hot, add coconut oil and then cook until browned, breaking up the sausage as it cooks. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Add eggs and stir together, then turn heat to medium-low. While it cooks, preheat broiler and grate Parmesan over the top. When the center starts to set, place under the broiler until the top is browned. Slide onto a cutting board and cut into 6 slices.