Perfect Poached Eggs - Global Vegetarian

Perfect Poached Eggs

2014-08-20
poached eggs with smoked salmon
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Classic Method

Pour 1/2 cup vinegar into each of 2 small bowls. 
Crack 1 egg into each bowl, taking care not to break yolk; let stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Using a whisk, vigorously swirl water until a vortex forms in the center. Slip 1 egg with vinegar into vortex and continue to swirl water with whisk around edges of pan until it returns to a boil.

The egg white should wrap tightly around the yolk, forming an oval shape. As soon as water returns to a boil, reduce heat to medium and gently simmer egg, frequently swirling water, for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, lift egg from water and use kitchen shears to trim any stray pieces of egg white. Place egg on paper towels and gently blot; transfer egg to a bowl or plate.

Repeat with remaining egg. (If poaching more than 2 eggs, repeat using fresh water.) Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Cover; chill. Rewarm in a saucepan of simmering water for 1 minute.

Easy Method – Steam Poacher

Bring a pan of water to the boil.

Slightly oil each poacher. Place the poacher on the top of the pan – should fit the rim and then crack the egg into it – cover.

Leave it to cook for 3 to 3:30 minutes depending on your preference.

Take the poacher out of the water and carefully lift the egg out using a spoon.

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