Some Simple Tips on Cooking With Eggs

Eggs are one of the most versatile cooking ingredients. They are available almost everywhere you travel and are common in most regional styles of cooking. Even the worst cook can learn to prepare eggs using a few basic methods. Having the basic skills to cook egg recipes like omelettes, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs and poached eggs will allow you to branch out into hundreds of uncomplicated, fast satisfying recipes.

If you can become proficient in the following methods, you are part way there:-

1. Boiled Eggs
Boiled Eggs are wholesome and can make a quick and simple meal. For many of us, a boiled egg with 'soldiers' is the supreme comfort food.
To boil a soft-boiled egg to dip toast in, first take your eggs out of the fridge and allow them to sit for a few minutes to take them up to room temperature. Heat some water in a pan and, when it is simmering, use a spoon to drop the eggs into the pan carefully. Simmer for just 60 seconds then turn off the heat, place a lid on the pan and stand for 6-7 minutes. Some people like their eggs more runny than others, so experiment with the timing to get the results you prefer.
In the case of hard boiled eggs, gently boil the eggs in the pan, on the heat, for around 7 minutes and then instantly remove from the pan and put into cold water for a couple of minutes. Leave eggs to cool in a bowl of ice cold water.
Hard boiled eggs are wonderful for picnics or for mashing with mayonnaise to make egg sandwiches.

2. Making an Omelette
An omelette is very easy to make and is fantastic served with a salad or fries.
In a bowl, beat two eggs together and add a little . Add a dash of milk or water. In an omelette pan , melt a small amount of butter and coat the pan. Pour the eggs into the pan and swirl around so that they cover the the pan evenly. Keep bringing the cooked bits from the side of the pan into the middle to let less cooked eggs run into gaps and cook evenly. Once you have a nice soft evenly cooked omelette you might also add grated cheese or cooked mushrooms to the center and carefully fold the omelette over the filling to make a crescent shape.

3. Cooking Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs on toast is delicious and is a good standby when you're in a rush or are too tired to cook much. If you have got a microwave, then these are really easy – simply beat 2-3 eggs together, season, add a tiny dash of milk and cook on high. Stir with a fork every ten seconds and stop cooking when they are at the perfect consistency for you.
You can also scrambled eggs in a pan – Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan, beat the eggs in a bowl or jug, season and add a dash of milk. Once the butter is melted, pour the eggs into the pan and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook until the egg mixture only has a bit of liquid left. Stir in a little butter and add cream if you want – delicious.
For a special breakfast, chop up smoked salmon and mix into the scrambled egg.

4. Poached Eggs
To poach eggs the easy way, you can purchase a special poaching pan which has round compartments into which you crack your eggs and then they cook over the pan which is filled with boiling water.
To poach eggs without a poacher, pour boiling water into a frying pan until it is about 2 ½ cm deep, put the pan on the heat and, when the water is bubbling gently (little bubbles under the surface), break an egg into the water. Simmer for 1 minute and then withdraw from the heat. Leave for 10 minutes and then remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Serve on toast or with bacon, sausage and baked beans.

These are the four classic, fastest and most nourishing ways to cook eggs but you can also fry an egg in oil. Simply heat oil in a frying pan, break an egg lightly into the pan (gently, so you don't break the yolk) and fry until cooked. Even though you may prefer frying eggs, don't forget that poaching is much better than frying because it uses water instead of oil.

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