Author: Roger Wakefield
Eggs are unversally acclaimed as one of most useful cooking ingredients. They are easy to get hold of wherever you live and are present in most styles of cooking. Everybody can learn how to cook eggs using a few elementary methods. Knowing how to cook basic egg recipes like omelettes, scrambled eggs, and boiled eggs gives you an opportunity to modify them into thousands of easy, fast nutritious meals.
Here's how to make classic egg recipes:-
1. Boiled Eggs
Hard or soft boiled eggs are nutritious and can make a fast and simple meal. For most people, 'dippy'' eggs with 'soldiers' is the supreme comfort food.
To soft boil and egg for toast soldiers, first remove your eggs from the fridge and allow them to sit for a few minutes to bring them up to room temperature. Heat some water in a pan and, when it is just boiling, use a spoon to drop the eggs into the pan cautiously. Boil gently for precisely one minute then remove from the heat, put a lid on the pan and let it stand for 6-7 minutes. Not everyone likes their eggs cooked the same, so try adjusting the time until you get it just how you like it.
In the case of hard boiled eggs, simmer the eggs in the pan, on the heat, for approximately 7 minutes and then immediately take from the water and immerse in cold water for a short time. Leave eggs to cool in a bowl of ice cold water.
Hard boiled eggs are fantastic for taking on picnics or for mashing with mayonnaise to make egg sandwiches.
2. Making an Omelette
An omelette is really easy to make and is wonderful served with a salad or fries.
Beat two eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add a teaspoon of milk or water. In an omelette pan (small frying pan), melt a knob of margarine or butter and let it coat the base of the pan. Pour the eggs into the pan and move them around so that they cover the base of the pan. Use a spatula to keep bringing in cooked bits from the side to let less cooked eggs run into gaps and cook. As soon as you have a soft but firm evenly cooked omelette you may also add grated cheese or cooked mushrooms to the center and, using a spatula, fold the omelette over the filling to make a crescent shape.
3. Scrambled Eggs
Scrambled eggs on toast is delicious and is a good standby when you're in a rush or are too tired to cook much. If you have got a microwave, then these are really easy â€“ simply beat 2-3 eggs together, season, add a tiny dash of milk and cook on high. Stir with a fork every ten seconds and stop cooking when they are at the perfect consistency for you.
You can also scrambled eggs in a pan â€“ Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan, beat the eggs in a bowl or jug, season and add a dash of milk. Once the butter is melted, pour the eggs into the pan and stir constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook until the egg mixture only has a bit of liquid left. Stir in a little butter and add cream if you want â€“ delicious.
For a special breakfast, chop up smoked salmon and mix into the scrambled egg.
4. Poaching Eggs
To poach eggs the easy way, you can buy a specific poaching pan which has circular compartments into which you crack your eggs and then they cook over the pan which is filled with boiling water.
To poach eggs without a poacher, pour boiling water into a frying pan until it is about 2 Â½ cm deep, place the pan on the cooker and, when the water is bubbling lightly (little bubbles under the surface), break an egg into the water. Simmer for 1 minute and then withdraw from the heat. Leave for 10 minutes and then remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Serve on toast or with bacon, sausage and baked beans.
These are the four classic, fastest and most dependable ways to cook eggs but you can also fry an egg in oil. Simply heat oil in a frying pan, crack an egg gently into the pan (gently, so you don't break the yolk) and fry until done. Although you may favour frying eggs, remember that poaching is much healthier than frying because it uses water instead of oil.About the Author:
Mr Wakefield is an ethusiastic amateur chef and web designer who provides content for 'The Recipe Collection' web site. If you want to impress friends and family with your culinary skills, and wish to make and substantial egg and omelette recipes, then you will find a wonderful collection at 'The Recipe Collection', a recipe cookbook which includes egg and souffle recipes, (amongst others). There is an egg recipe there to delight the whole family.