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Old 12-14-2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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Interesting eggs - what are they called and how are they made?

I was out to lunch the other day and I ordered an open faced tuna sandwich that was very creative. Included fried bread, seared tuna, spinach, anchovies, garlic mayo and some kind of vinaigrette.

BUT to the point, it also included an egg. The egg white was cooked and the yolk left raw.

How do you do that to an egg and what is it called?

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Old 12-14-2008, 09:32 PM   #2
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was it a poached egg?
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Same idea only the white was cooked as if it had been hard boiled. It had an egg shape to it. The yolk had the same taste and feel of a poached egg though, warm, a little thick but runny.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:35 PM   #4
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was it a poached egg?
Gets my vote too!!!
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Could have been a carefully-done "sunny side up" egg, too.

The sandwich sounds wonderful.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:39 PM   #6
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Perhaps it was a shirred egg (baked)--yolks begin to set but are not hard.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:40 PM   #7
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That would be a medium boiled egg...

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Perhaps it was a shirred egg (baked)--yolks begin to set but are not hard.
If it was a shirred egg, it would be a bit of a challenge "presenting" it on the sandwich. Shirred eggs are not too, um, flat, usually done in something resembling a custard cup.
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Yes! The medium boiled...HOW do you do that!!!
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It was definitely poached.

Put some water in a skillet and to that water add about 1 TBS of white vinegar and a few pinches of salt. Once the water comes to a boil turn it way down and gently crack an egg into the water. Place a lid on the skillet. The vinegar holds the white together so it doesn't spread all over the skillet. Once the white looks set (may take about 7 - 10 minutes) GENTLY scoop out the egg being sure to gently scrape on the very bottom of it if it seems to stick. I use a spoon with slots or a pancake turner with slots. GENTLY place some folded paper towns on top of the egg, turn over to remove the excess water, turn back over and you now have a poached egg ready to eat. Poached eggs on salads such as this are quite elegant and tasty.

Be sure you have enough water in the skillet so the egg doesn't sit on the bottom but more floats. Take your spatula and gently nudge the egg occasionally to keep it from sticking.

A couple poached eggs in a bowl with a pat of butter is comfort food for breakfast!
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