Poached Eggs

I made poached eggs!  I have to admit, before I set out to make them, I had determined that poaching eggs was, basically, impossible, and I based this “fact” on the movie “Julie & Julia” (which I really love- I bet that’s a shock).  Julie goes through about a dozen eggs before she has any successfully poached eggs, and I was sure I would go through about 2 dozen eggs.  I have also had these preconceived notions that poached eggs, in addition to being impossible to make, were also somehow not good.  Oh, but I was so wrong.  After eating some poached eggs, all evidence points to the contrary: they are delicious!  They are almost creamy- very rich without any added oil or butter (I was shocked!).

Chipotle Poached Eggs:
2 large eggs per serving

Chipotle Poaching Broth:
2 c. chicken stock
1 chili in adobo sauce (from the can; you can leave the chili whole)
1 tsp. fajita mix (or chili powder, garlic salt, dried onions, black pepper in equal parts)
1/4 tsp. Chipotle Chili Powder

Grade A fresh large eggs (2 eggs per person, more if they’re starving)

In a medium saucepan, combine all of the Broth ingredients & set over medium heat.  Let it come to a rolling boil; about 8-10 minutes (definitely want the rolling boil or the next step won’t work).  One egg at a time, crack the egg into the boiling broth.  With a spoon, roll the egg around in the broth until it comes back to a boil.  Then, crack the next egg, roll it, and wait for the boil.  Repeat until all eggs are in the broth; cover & cook for about 8-10 minutes.  Drain eggs out of the broth with a slotted spoon; enjoy by themselves or smothered with salsa and a little cheese. 

The more classical version of the well know Eggs Benedict dish smothers these eggs with Hollondaise sauce, but it’s definitely not SD compatible.  Yet.  I even like these eggs just by themselves, with no sauces/toppings!  My new favorite way to eat eggs!

*This recipe is easily adapted to a non-Chipotle, more original version by only poaching the eggs in Chicken Stock.  Also good!

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