Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Poached Eggs Make My Day

I made the best dish yesterday. And it was arguably one of the simplest there is, which I think, made it even better. It completely made my day. Isn’t it amazing how good food can do that?

After quickly sauteing some fresh asparagus (I know, I know — try as I may, I just can’t get past it this spring!) in olive oil for a few minutes in a hot skillet until crisp-tender, I finished it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper and topped it with a sweet little poached egg.

I love a good poached egg. They are so impressive yet so easy. Whether in eggs Benedict, over a simple salad, or even just over asparagus, as I did here, I will never get tired of them.

Part of the reason this dish was particularly satisfying to me was because I’d never successfully poached an egg before. I tried this time with newly found confidence from a Chow.com video. My fatal flaw before was trying to poach in boiling water, which destroys the egg and leaves you with something like a soggy scrambled egg floating in the water. Not good. Thanks for the help Chow! The videos on the site are short, to the point, and cover basic techniques quickly and clearly.

The only thing that would have made this dish better would be some crusty bread to sop up the extra egg with, and maybe some bacon. Next time…


2 Responses to “Poached Eggs Make My Day”

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    DJ B — June 10, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

    One of my favorite treats from childhood was "egg dip your bread in" aka a soft-boiled egg. My mom would cut up white bread into strips about the width of her finger, which we would then dunk into the golden yellow yolk of an egg that had had top neatly removed – kind of like a little yolk volcano. They were frequently served in egg cups shaped like turtles, with a yellow shell that had an opening for the egg's round end.

    I doubt she would have gotten us to eat any asparagus with it, tho. 🙂

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    Amy — June 19, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    Happy Birthday Annakate! Im loving the blog. So much good stuff. This post is definitely going to be responsible for some poached eggs this weekend!!

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