Cooked A Dozen Eggs A Dozen Ways

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"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."
Bernard Meltzer

If you've ever seen Runaway Bride, you might remember a scene where Maggie Carpenter (played by Julia Roberts) tries a bunch of eggs in her kitchen to figure out which one was her favorite. Tonight, I decided to cook an entire dozen of eggs in twelve different ways, one for each egg. I had actually been thinking about doing this since February, but I wasn't sure how I'd approach it or even what preparations I was going to do. Once I decided what I was going to do, I got ready.
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I had three preparations that used scrambled eggs, so I scrambled three separately.
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Meanwhile, I put two eggs in the electric kettle to boil.
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Here's what ended up on the final list:

1. Microwave - I had never tried this before, but I stuck one of my scrambled eggs in the microwave for 30 seconds. The results were awesome. I'll definitely do this one again when I don't have much time and want some eggs on the go.
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2. Soft-boiled - I brought a pot of water to boiling, then lowered it to a simmer. I placed the shelled egg in the water for about 5 minutes.
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3. Poached - I absolutely love poached eggs, which is why it's surprising that I had never done this one before. With the water still simmering from the soft-boiled egg, I put a tablespoon of vinegar in the water (it helps the egg firm up) and then I cracked the yolk and whites in a ladle and dropped that in as well. I let that sit for four minutes.
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4. Scrambled - I heated a pan on the stovetop on medium and poured in one of my scrambled eggs. I moved it around constantly with a spatula until it was no longer runny.

5. Over-easy or over-medium - I fried the egg on one side and then flipped it over and cooked the other side. I think I cooked it a little too much to be considered easy, it's more of an over-medium.
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6. Sunny side up - This is my usual go-to preparation at home since I didn't know how to make poached eggs before today. The setup is a lot simpler. I cracked the egg into the pan and let it cook until the whites were cooked through.
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7. Hard-boiled- I put the egg in an electric kettle and turned it on. When it turned off (when it reached boiling), I set a timer for 8 minutes. After the timer went off, I put the egg in ice water to stop it from cooking.
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8. Basted - This was an interesting preparation I'd never tried before. I heated oil in a pan and cracked the egg into it. As the whites started cooking and changing color, I took a spoon and scooped the now hot oil over the top of the egg. This helps to cook the egg all the way through.
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9. Steam basted - This is a fairly cool alternative to the sunny-side up. I started preparing the egg the same way as above, but when the whites changed color, I added some water to the pan and covered it. The steam helps to finish cooking the egg all the way through. The best part is that it doesn't brown.
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10. Egg in a hole - I cut a hole in a slice of bread that was about 2" in diameter. I placed that in a hot pan, and cracked an egg into the hole. I cooked it to let it start to set, and after a little while, I flipped it.
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11. Baked - This was the last preparation of the scrambled eggs pictured earlier. I poured the egg in a mini muffin and put it in the oven.
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12. Scotch egg - This was the most complicated one. I took a hard-boiled egg, wet it with water, dredged it in flour, and then wrapped a layer of ground sausage around it. After a dip in an egg wash, I coated it with bread crumbs and baked it for twenty minutes. This is typically done deep fried, but I didn't want to set up hot oil and a fryer.
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This was a very fun experiment, and I learned so much from it. Before today, I had never done poached, microwave, basted, steam-basted, egg-in-a-hole, baked, soft boiled, or scotch eggs. Eggs are a food that I really enjoy, and because I was able to do this, it proves just how flexible they are. There are so many ways to cook an egg. Although the scotch egg was both fun and delicious, I think I still prefer poached eggs. As you might know, a common use for poached eggs is in Eggs Benedict.

"Benedict.... I love Eggs Benedict. I hate all other kinds."
--Maggie Carpenter (as played by Julia Roberts in
Runaway Bride)

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