Good Morning everyone. Wow it was a hectic weekend and of course with no power for about a day I was not a very happy camper. I feel badly because so many people have to wait for nearly a week to have their power restored! I can’t imagine a WEEK without power…we are so dependent on it it is amazing. I hope everyone that was in the path of Irene is safe and sound! Sending out hugs to all!
It is Monday once again and like every day in my house…it is MEATLESS! I hope you join me on Monday’s and add a meatless meal to your families lives…it is a kind gesture, healthy and may I say tasty! Today I bring you one of my many variations of the traditional Eggs Benedict but as we call it Eggs Benedict Arnold because we commit treason because there is no bacon! You won’t miss it I promise! I will share many variations with you and I hope you try them.
Here is a creation that is picture perfect for Brunch or Dinner. It is hearty and yummy. All of the elements can be made ahead of time and reheated also…that makes it nice and easy but the poached or lightly fried free range eggs have to be fresh!
Poached Eggs (This is the way I use : )
A very simple method which works like a charm. Take a small skillet and fill 3/4’s of the way, bring the water to a boil and then turn it down to a simmer. Add 1 tablespoon or more if you like of vinegar, I love to use Apple Cider Vinegar, but White Vinegar is wonderful. They only vinegars that you should not use are those that have color. You don’t want to discolor your eggs. Now have your cracked egg ready in a little bowl, take a chopstick or the back of a spoon or fork and create a little whirlpool in the middle of the water in the skillet and drop you egg right into the center. The vinegar and the whirlpool motion keeps the white nice and tight and it does not spread. The vinegar also speeds up the cooking a bit. Cook for approximately 3 1/2 minutes (whites should be cooked and yolk should be loose). Remove with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel to drain and then keep safely on a dish. Go back and make the rest of the eggs.
Remember to try to use Free Range/Cage Free eggs if you can. It makes such a difference to our feathered friends that bless us with the incredible egg, a great way to thank them by allowing them to live a happy, healthy and free life.