Thursday, September 3, 2009

More than one way to poach an egg?

Yes, there is. But, unfortunately the second one is not that much easier than the first.

Add water to large skillet, filling 2/3 full. Reduce heat and simmer. Break an egg into each of 4 ramekins coated with cooking spray. Place ramekins in water. Cover and simmer for 4 min for runny yolks. Remove ramekins from water. To remove egg, run a small rubber spatula around the edges and slide the egg out.
Technically this worked, but the egg removal is not so easy as those ramekins are hot. Also, some water managed to get into 2 of the ramekins durning cooking, which made the egg removal extra difficult in those cases.

When the technique is executed perfectly (above), the results are definitely cuter than eggs poached according to the traditional method (at right), but still, I'm not sold.

There's something magical about the traditional method that I just don't think should be messed with. See this video for step-by-step instructions.




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