Friday, March 25, 2011

Poached Egg

I love watching Julia Child's videos on PBS. Of course, when the movie Julie and Julia came out, I was a bit obsessed and that is where the idea to blog came from. Now I just need Julia's book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes 1 & 2.

Julia says you can make a meal out of any dish by adding an egg to it. Salad + egg = meal, Potato + egg = meal, ect. ect. Poaching was Julia's favorite preparation, as she said it was the "purest and loveliest way to cook an egg." Gosh, poaching an egg was a little complicated to me at first. But once you get the method down, it comes out perfect every time. The most important tip I can share with you is do not fill the skillet with too much water otherwise when you drop the egg, it will sink a LONG way down and when it starts to come back up, the white and yolk will separate. 

 Julia Child's Video (28 minutes), Elegance with Eggs

1 egg

Fill a skillet with 1 1/2 inches of water. Add a pinch of salt and a splash of vinegar. Heat over medium-high just until the water starts to boil. Try to maintain a temperature of 190 degrees F throughout the process. (You do not want the water to boil rapidly while the egg is in it.)

Crack the egg in a small bowl. With the bowl as close as possible to the surface of the water, ccarefully slide the egg into the water. The egg white will spread out and sink to the bottom as it initially hits the water, but will soon start to form up as it rises to the surface.

Allow the egg to cook for 5 minutes, until the white sets. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and set on a paper towel to let the water drain off. Serve over toast. Season with salt and pepper.
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  1. I love poached eggs and they go very well with almost anything!

  2. We eat a lot of eggs, but not a fan of poached mine are always way to wet. Going to try your recipe and tips, thanks in advance of a nice poached egg on toast.

  3. I love poaching eggs now that I've learned how. I didn't not realize that having too much water can get the egg to separate, so thanks for the tip. I agree that eggs can add to anything and make it a full meal. Love your pictures!

  4. Thank you! Glad you liked it. I plan on sharing meals topped with poached eggs soon, like Julia Child suggests :)