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Perfectly Poached Eggs

Published April 9, 2012 by jenmatteson

There are hundreds of ways to cook your eggs, but I must say that my favorite is poached.  Sunday breakfast is perfect for me with two poached eggs and two slices of toast.  Poached eggs are a fairly simple process, but making them actually look appetizing can be tricky.  I’m still working on mine, but I must say that I’ve made a drastic improvement.  I wish I would have been blogging when I made my first poached eggs so I could show you how ugly they started!

Perfectly Poached Eggs

Ingredients:

2 tsp white vinegar
2 eggs
salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Fill wide sauce pan with two inches of water and bring to a simmering boil (not a rolling boil, as this causes your egg whites to twist and turn and makes for ugly poached eggs).  Add vinegar.

2. Crack your eggs into small ramekins or custard cups.  The purpose of this is twofold; first, this will prevent any stray shell pieces or a broken yolk from getting in your water.  Second, slowly adding the eggs to the simmering water helps keep a round shape  instead of spreading in the water.

3. Slowly add the eggs one at a time to the simmering water.  Cook for three minutes; your whites should be set and your yolks warm and creamy.  Remove eggs from the water with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to dry.  Plate and salt and pepper to taste.

Guest Chef for Breakfast

Published March 19, 2012 by jenmatteson

Nate is a pretty good cook, and sometimes I’m happy to take a little break from the kitchen.  He decided he wanted to make Scotch Eggs, which neither of us had ever had before.  What could be bad about a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage (except for the non-healthy part)?  He refused to write the blog entry himself, but I had to add it because they were pretty good and even look cool, too!  Thanks for breakfast, sweetie!

Scotch Eggs

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
6 hard-boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
1 lb tube sausage (we used Jimmy Dean hot)
2 eggs
1 tbsp water
salt and pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs

Directions:
1. Heat oil to medium heat in large deep pot (you could also use a deep-fryer).
2. Divide tube sausage into 6 equal parts.  Make into large, flat patties, about 1/8-inch thick.  Place an egg on each patty, and wrap sausage around.  Roll around between your palms until the sausage is evenly thick around the egg and there is no seam.
3. Break eggs into small bowl and add water.  Beat until frothy and season with salt and pepper.
4. Dip eggs in the egg wash, then roll in breadcrumbs to coat.  Repeat process for the other 5 eggs.  Once finished, dip each breadcrumb coated egg in the egg wash and roll in breadcrumbs again so each egg has two layer of breadcrumbs.
5. Fry each egg in oil about 8 minutes on each side, or until sausage is cooked through.  Transfer eggs from oil to place lined with paper towels.  Let cool for 5 minutes.  Serve with spicy mustard.

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