Breakfast Deluxe: Poached Scrambled Eggs

July 28, 2014  |  

Searching for the perfect way to have fluffy, creamy scrambled eggs? This genius method for poached scrambled eggs from Daniel Patterson means dirtying a few more dishes than you might like on a weekday, but the result is something that feels decadent enough for a weekend brunch with friends. Courtesy of Food52.

4 large eggs
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
Fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Crack each egg into a medium-mesh sieve (or narrow-slotted spoon), letting the thin white drain away. Transfer the remaining yolk and white to a small bowl. (Note: If your eggs are very fresh, you can skip this step.) Beat the eggs vigorously with a fork or whisk for 20 seconds.
2. Set a medium saucepan filled with about 4 inches of water over moderate heat. Put a strainer in the sink. When the water is at a low boil, add a few large pinches of salt, then stir in a clockwise direction to create a whirlpool. Pour the eggs into the moving water, cover the pot and count to 20.
3. Turn off the heat and uncover the pot. The eggs should be floating on the surface in ribbons. While holding back the eggs with a spoon, pour off most of the water over the strainer. Gently slide the eggs into the strainer and press them lightly to expel any excess liquid. Tilt your strainer from side to side to release any trapped water (you can even drain them on paper towels, if you like).
4. Scoop the eggs into bowls, drizzle with olive oil if desired and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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