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Eggs, eggs, eggs!
I love eggs. There are so many different ways to cook eggs. I love their versatility, and I love their price. Eggs are usually pretty cheap. Right now I have three dozen eggs in my refrigerator, because my favorite grocery store, Aldi, keeps selling them for 65 cents. 65 cents per dozen! That's unheard of. How can I pass them up?
Needless to say, I've been eating a lot of eggs. A quick scramble, over-easy, an omelet, whatever. Sometimes I put the scrambled ones in a tortilla wrap. With so many eggs in my fridge, I'm got to be creative to use them up. When the price goes up past 65 cents, perhaps I'll move on to something else to eat for a while, but for now . . . it's eggs!
10 Different Ways to Cook Eggs
Eggs really are one of the most versatile foods around. They can be used in recipes for baked goods or casseroles, but they also stand alone as a great food by themselves. I can make a whole meal out of them. I already mentioned that they are cheap. They are also low in calories--depending on how they are made. Here are ten of my favorite ways to cook eggs.
1. Scrambled Eggs
This is easy. Throw several eggs in a non-stick pan, pour in a little bit of milk, and mix. Stir occasionally until eggs are thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also spice scrambled eggs up with chopped jalapenos or tomatoes, and even top them off with cheese or salsa.
2. Egg Over-Easy (or fried)
Well, we called it a fried egg where I grew up. Put an egg in grease or oil and cook it on both sides until cooked. I always liked them cooked just enough to cook the white part but leave the yolk soft. Others like them cooked longer so that the yolk hardens. You pick! Then add salt and pepper to taste.
A fried egg might be “country talk” for an egg over-easy, which involves cooking an egg on one side, and then turning it over once during the cooking process. An egg that is cooked sunny-side up is not turned, but some cooks baste the top by splashing the oil up onto the yolk.
Get your own Nonstick Egg Poacher
3. Poached Eggs
I didn’t really discover the wonderfulness of poached eggs until I was an adult--and now? I love them! I feel I've been missing out all these years! My boyfriend (now ex) made them for me, and I was hooked. I bought a four-egg poacher for myself. The eggs go into round holders in the pan, and water boils underneath. I bought a poacher for my boyfriend since he loved making them, and sadly, the eggs stuck like crazy. The poacher pan I had bought at Aldi worked great, so when my b/f became an ex, I was glad that I had kept my own poacher so that I wouldn't have to depend on him for delicious poached eggs.
Take the eggs out when they are just past the slimy stage. Eat them with a little salt and pepper. Also, try mixing them with crushed crackers.That's my favorite way. You can also try them with cut up toast for variety.
How to Cook Poached Eggs
Chef Paul shows you how to make a poached egg if you don't have an egg poacher.
My Favorite Omelets
- What Ingredients Make the Best Omelet?
Do you love omelets? Here are some ideas for fillings and toppings, along with delicious combinations.
Everyone needs an omelet pan!
Omelets are a bit more complicated, but, boy, are they yummy! I like to take three eggs for a good-sized omelet. Mix eggs with a little milk. Pour into non-stick pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cook slowly so as not to burn. Have your ingredients ready beforehand that you want to put in your omelet. Once the bottom of the omelet starts to hold together, you can add your fillings.
The possibilities are endless. Use any combination of cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, scallions, tomatoes, jalapenos, black or green olives, bacon, ham, or any other of your favorite fillers. Be creative. I love a spinach and cheese omelet! Take spatula and fold one side of omelet onto the other side. Let it cook until egg is no longer runny. You can top your creation with sour cream (my personal favorite), salsa, or even a Hollandaise sauce.