I oo and ah over an intricate dessert.
But, as my childhood faux best friend, Laura Ingalls Wilder once said, "It is the sweet simple things in life which are the real ones after all".
This isn't to say your best filet mignon with wine and shallot jus or the most beautiful chocolate souffle aren't real.
Sometimes I wish they weren't real because I tend to leave my restraint at the door when a big fluffy, light as air chocolate souffle is put in front of me.
Okay, Lindsey will stop digressing now...and referring to herself in the third person.
Sometimes, we all need to get back to the basics.
As I know the suspense has been killing you, allow me to throw the shrouded veil off of this post - we are boiling an egg. Three actually, but that's besides the point.
Hard Boiled Egg Pet Peeves (feel free to add on)
1. When the shell won't come off in less than 10 pieces
2. When the shell won't come off and then there's that gross filmy layer that won't come off either
3. That gross grey color the yolk is sometimes
4. Undercooked hard boiled eggs that have liquid that drizzles out (I'm getting sick thinking about these)
5. Overcooked hard boiled eggs that are so rubbery they could probably be repurposed as bouncy balls
Now that we have that settled, let's get on with a full-proof (I swear) method for creating a perfectly cooked, yellow centered, low-maintenance hard boiled egg.
Cross my heart and hope to die.
How to Boil an Egg, in Pictures
|First you take fresh eggs|
|Then you put the desired number of eggs in a sauce pan. Make sure they're not packed in too tightly|
|Next, cover the eggs well with tap water, room temperature. You want the eggs fully covered by about an inch.|
|Keep the saucepan uncovered and put the burner on medium heat. Wait for the water to come to a full roaring boil. See below for my super high tech attempt at showing you what qualifies as a full roaring boil.|
|After the 10-12 minutes, empty the saucepan and put the eggs in a bowl of cool water until no longer hot to touch.|
|Look how pretty. It was almost too much to crack it but...|
|My method for cracking egg shells is to give it a good tap or five|
|So, two points here - 1. Please note the less than 10 pieces of shell. 2. Hello there sunshine!|
|Mission, accomplished. Next mission - get a half decent camera|
What are your favorite ways to use this basic?
I prefer salt, pepper, and a pinch of garlic powder. Yum.