An Egg for Every Occasion
Most egg connoisseurs know they can choose from a variety of eggs – chicken, duck and quail, to name a few – but not all enthusiasts actually know the numerous ways to prepare an egg. When you know these different styles of egg preparation, you can enjoy your eggs whether it’s morning, noon or night.
1. Soft Boiled or Hard Boiled
A soft-boiled egg is made by placing it, still in its shell, into a pot of boiling water for about three to five minutes. Once removed, it’s peeled and served warm. The egg white should be completely solid, but the yolk should be runny.
To make a hard-boiled egg, first place the egg in a pot and fill the pot with cold water. Next, bring the water to a boil before covering the pot and removing it from the heat, setting it aside for exactly 17 minutes. Finally, remove the egg, cool it in ice water and then peel.
Hard boiled eggs make an easy and healthy on-the-go snack. One hard boiled egg contains about six grams of protein and if you want to make it virtually fat-free, simply scoop out the egg yolk.
Scrambled eggs are usually cracked and whisked in a bowl to combine the whites and yolks. Butter, milk and seasonings are sometimes added. Then, the combined liquid is poured into a heated pan and stirred until solid, but soft and fluffy.
To make your scrambled eggs even healthier, use a non-stick cooking spray; use one yolk for every three egg whites for lower-fat scrambled eggs; and add the superfood spinach, loaded with nutrients, for a tasty addition.
3. Sunny Side Up
To make a sunny side up egg, start by cracking the egg into a heated pan. Leave as is until the egg white becomes a solid and the edges begin to crisp. The egg yolk, however, remains runny. Then, remove the egg carefully and serve.
Consider cooking your sunny side up eggs in olive oil to reduce fat and cholesterol.
A poached egg is made by cracking the egg into a bowl and then, very carefully, pouring it into a simmering pot of water. Gently swirl the water so that the egg cooks (the white will cover the yolk). After two to four minutes, the egg is removed. Many cooks add a bit of vinegar to the water to reduce the “scum” that sometimes forms on top of the water and attaches to the egg. The vinegar also helps make the egg white firmer.
Poached eggs require no oil or butter, making them a healthy egg choice.
5. Over – Easy, Medium or Hard
Over means the egg is fried on both sides. Easy, medium and hard refer to the consistency of the yolk. An over-easy yolk resembles that of a sunny side up egg, over-medium means semi-solid and an over-hard egg has a yolk similar to a hard boiled egg.
Eggs cooked in olive oil reduce your intake of fat and cholesterol and are still delicious (and nutritious).
Cook a baked egg in the oven, usually with other ingredients. Use a ramekin or other oven-safe dish and bake for about 15-18 minutes until the yolk is runny. The egg can also be cooked inside an avocado half, or on top of a tomato sauce base.
Consider adding spices, cheese and diced pepper to your baked eggs to make a tasty all-in-one meal. And go ahead. Serve your eggs with a few slices of a multi-grain toast to soak up that delicious sauce.
Pickled eggs are first hard-boiled, peeled and placed in a jar. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, boil vinegar, water and pickling spice. Next, pour the liquid on top of the peeled hard-boiled eggs, covering the eggs. The jar is then refrigerated and the degree of pickling depends on how long the eggs are kept in the liquid.
Pickled eggs are high in protein and, if the yolks are removed, contain virtually no fat.
Enjoying the Egg
Eggs are your blank canvas. Fresh ingredients, seasonings and great recipes can transform them into exciting dishes that deserve notice (and eating). From the versatile egg white omelet (a true test of a chef’s ability) to meatless Mondays (for reduced consumption of meat and saturated fat), eggs can play a starring role in your home all week long.
And while eggs are a good source of protein and offer healthy benefits when added to most diets, egg yolks should be consumed in moderation, especially if you already have heart disease or high cholesterol, along with accompaniments like bacon, sausage, and butter, for those who require or are seeking a more heart-healthy diet.
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Versatile, affordable and delicious, eggs are a great addition to your menu, whether it’s morning, noon or night. From its purest form to more complex dishes, this farm staple deserves acknowledgement. Maybe, the reason the chicken crosses the road is to bring a delicious meal to your table.
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