I am a horrible cook. If it wasn't for my husband the whole family would have starved by now. But the one thing I can do and fairly well (if I do say so myself) is poach an egg, I realise I'm not going to win any awards with this culinary skill but breakfast is the still most important meal of the day no? I also believe in self-improvement of said skill, which is why I was excited to see, on my favourite wellness site wellandgood.com, a feature with Nick Korbee, the chef at the always-mobbed New York City brunch destination Egg Shop on "How to poach the perfect egg" and well I just felt the need to share!
They also included a fab recipe for Smashed avocado and poached egg (my second go to dish - crazy I know) from Korbee's soon to be released Egg Shop: The Cookbook so make sure you scroll to the end!
1. Get the water temperature right
According to Korbee, it should be between 175 and 180°F. “You should be able to see tiny champagne-like bubbles,” he says.
2. Add some acid
“Two tablespoons of vinegar, lemon juice, or ACV all work,” he says. “Just don’t use one that’s too colorful, like red wine vinegar, or it will make your eggs look weird.” Once you land on your add-in, mix it into your almost-boiling water.
3. Crack the egg
“The idea is that the closer to the surface you can release it into simmering water, [the better],” Korbee says. If you go for a dramatic drop, he adds, “the whites will immediately separate and gravity will rip it apart.” (Hello, #yolkfail!) Korbee likes to get his fingers as close to the surface as possible and forgoes using a cup or extra tools to assist in the cracking.
4. Test it
Korbee says that this is the most crucial part of the whole poaching process. In order to tell when your egg is ready, raise it gently out of the water. “You can test it by wiggling to see if it’s set to your liking,” he says. “And whatever you do, please don’t cook the yolk!”
5. Scoop it out
Once it’s passed the jiggle test, carefully scoop out your poached egg from the water—it’s ready to serve!
Smashed avocado and poached egg
Makes 1 sandwich
Juice of 2 lemons, plus 1 lemon wedge
1 tsp kosher salt
2 sliced multigrain bread, toasted
3 slices heirloom tomato
1 poached egg
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp fresh lemon zest
Fresh mixed herbs of your choice (Suggested: parsley and dill)
1. Halve, pit, and peel the avocado.
2. In a large bowl, use a fork to mash the avocado. Remember, you aren’t making guacamole—the smash should have some funky chunk to it, with some smooth parts, some baby bits, anda few big mama bits.
3. Add the lemon juice and salt. (This will last for about two days in an airtight container, with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface of the smash to prevent oxidation. Press down to eliminate any air pockets that might also cause the pesky brown spots.)
4. Spread avo smash on both pieces of toast. Cut one slice in diagonally in half and top the other with tomato slices and the poached egg.
5. To serve, slightly separate the halved avo toast and place the other half with the tomato and poached egg on top. Finish the toasts with the herb salt, lemon oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Top with a little fresh herb salad.