Perfect Poached Eggs

Poached eggs are tricky.  They require one important skill: Patience.  And they are a necessity when you want to make Eggs Benedict, which I am making for 8 people next week. 🙂  So I practiced today.

The perfect poached egg:

Large pinch of salt
1 large fresh egg
1 drop of malt or white wine vinegar

Half fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add a hefty pinch of salt.

Meanwhile, crack the egg into a small jug or bowl and add a drop of vinegar.

Stir the boiling water vigorously with a balloon whisk until you have a whirlpool then immediately slip the egg into the centre, lowering the jug a couple of centimetres into the water.

Turn the heat down low, and cook for three minutes – use a timer to prevent over/under cooking.

Drain the egg on kitchen paper, and serve immediately.


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