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Poaching is a simple way to transform the humble egg into a luxurious treat. Once you get this technique down pat, you can enjoy poached eggs for an easy breakfast, a satisfying lunch, or a light dinner.

Source: Everyday Food, March 2010
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Cook's Notes

If your egg white thins out in the pan, try swirling the water before adding the next egg. The moving water will help hold the egg's shape. Poached eggs are good on toast with tomato and cream cheese, spinach and garlic, or cream cheese and smoked salmon.

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  • ksbreuer
    7 JAN, 2018
    I love cooking, but felt intimidated by the thought of poaching eggs...This morning I followed this recipe and the suggestion of serving on toast with cream cheese and tomato. I used English muffins with cream cheese spread on top, 1/2 slice of bacon, large slice of tomato, the poached egg, and a bit of fresh basil. The eggs were perfectly cooked and the results delicious! Simple using these poaching directions! Thanks, I'm liberated!!
  • pixiedustdreams
    16 DEC, 2017
    had never made a poached egg before, I think with practice I will end up loving this recipe! Delicious with sautéed spinach and mushrooms served over multi colored quinoa with a slice of turkey sausage!!
  • krisx2
    28 AUG, 2011
    Thanks for the instructions! They turned out great!
    • bccraiggmailc
      30 SEP, 2017
      A note: the fresher the egg, the more it will hold together in the water. If you plan to make poached eggs, buy some fresh just before you prepare them.

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