You’ll never go hungry if you have an egg. The glue that holds many of the world’s favourite dishes together, no kitchen should ever be without a carton of runny yellow spheres. But eggs aren’t just a sideshow to the main event. In the right hands, any egg can be transformed into an array of tasty treats capable of transforming any meal. You just have to know what you’re doing.
Whether you’re looking to poach, fry or scramble, the Twisted team are here to help. Gathered from expert advice in our own kitchen and beyond, here are a few tips and tricks to cooking your eggs to perfection every time.
Fried eggs are the perfect way to wake up in the morning. Unfortunately, if done badly, they’re also more than capable of ruining an entire day. The key to getting fried eggs right is temperature. Eggs should be slipped gently into a nonstick pan of hot butter, at which point the heat should be turned down immediately to low. This will allow the eggs to cook evenly and ensure that the end result is not tough and rubber.
It’s easy to get carried away with scrambled eggs, throwing every ingredient under the sun at them until there’s almost nothing eggy about them left. For awesome scrambled eggs, simplicity. When you’ve whisked your eggs, do not add milk, as this will produce the strange clear liquid that can often coat the bottom of a pan, and cook on a low heat in a pan of melted butter, seasoning as you go to taste. The slower and lower you go, the better the consistency of your final result. Try finishing with some chopped chives for a splash of colour.
3. Soft Boiled
For any type of boiled egg, timing is everything. For this reason, it’s almost impossible to get your eggs right without some sort of stop watch or kitchen timer, so using one is an absolute must. To deliver perfect soft boiled eggs every time, we recommend bringing a pan of water to the boil, filled to just cover the eggs, and placing the eggs in the boiling water for one minute’s simmering time. Then take the eggs off the heat and cover in the pan for between six and seven minutes, depending on how runny you like your yolk. This technique, perfected by Delia Smith, is tried and tested and works a treat.
4. Hard Boiled
Making hard boiled eggs is all about what you do once they’ve come off the heat. After the eggs have been boiling for around six or seven minutes, it is essential to run them directly under a cold tap for a couple of minutes, or even better plunge them into an ice bucket. This will stop any unwanted dark rings forming between the yolk and the white. Then, roll your eggs on a hard surface so that they crack all over and get peeling!
Maybe because it’s indisputably the most impressive thing you can cook for breakfast, but poached eggs have a notorious reputation. Get it right and you can claim kudos forever. Get it wrong and you’ve ruined the most important meal of the day. To impress everyone every time, take a fresh egg and crack it into a small bowl. This will make it easier to slide the egg into the pan. Add a drop of vinegar and bring a pan of unsalted water to the boil. Swirl the gently bubbling water into a whirlpool, before slowly tipping the egg into the centre. The heat should not be to intense, as big bubbles may break up the white. Cook for three to four minutes, before removing with a slotted spoon to drain. Breakfast is served.
All eggs are easy to make averagely. But, if you really want your breakfasts to stand out, these tips and tricks are an absolute game changer. You’ll have guests clamouring to stay the night before you know it.