Poached Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes
Unlike its inspiration, eggs Benedict, this breakfast is low in carbohydrates and fat. A poached egg packs it with protein; wilted spinach, with iron.
- Servings: 4
Photography: Lisa Hubbard
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2004
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 16 grape tomatoes, halved crosswise
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 8 ounces baby or regular spinach (about 16 cups), tough stems discarded
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
Fill a large, shallow, straight-sided pan with 2 inches water. Bring to a boil. Break each egg into a small ramekin.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add tomatoes; cook, stirring, until they start to break down, about 5 minutes. Add salt; season with pepper. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm. Add spinach and garlic to skillet; cook, stirring, until spinach has just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Discard garlic.
When water is boiling, add vinegar; turn off heat. Using tongs, tilt ramekins in pan, and slide eggs into water. Cover; let stand until whites are opaque and yolks are cooked as desired, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to put eggs on paper towels to drain. Trim whites.
Divide spinach among four plates; lay a poached egg and 8 tomato halves on top. Season with pepper; sprinkle each serving with 3/4 teaspoon chives.