Eggs. Upgrate Your Plate.

by Amie on July 1, 2011

Soft boiled or Hard boiled?

That is the question.

And I simply couldn’t decide which to make.

So, I made them both.

That’s right.

2 dozen eggs.

2 ways.

Fun? You betcha.

Mastering the semi-soft boil. Just the way I like ‘em.  Oooozy n’ gooey. We all love our hard-boiled eggs and our sunny side up eggies, as well but sometimes ya just want something in between. Am I right?

Welcome the soft-boil babies that have become by buddies in the morning.  They’re soft and peel perfectly packed with a creamy yolk. And they look divine when served atop a salad, gluten-free pastas, oatmeal, and soups.  Part of the trick is immersing the eggs in ice water.

My technique? It’s a simple one.

Soft Boiled Eggs: How To

  • Bring 3 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Add 4 large eggs to the pan; boil for 5 minutes. Drain.
  • Plunge eggs into ice water; let stand for 5 more minutes. Drain and peel.
  • Enjoy!

Speaking of eggs…all that eggie terminology can be confusing when you’re at the market so here’s a lil’ brief description on what’s inside those shells.

Cage-Free: More humane treatment than battery crowding, but lightly regulated.

Hormone-Free: There are not hormone products approved for egg production.

Vegetarian-Fed: No nutritional difference, but some vegetarians prefer this type of egg.

Omega-3: These hens eat flaxseeds and therefore lay eggs that may be higher in Omega 3 fatty acids.

And just in time for your 4th of July BBQ this weekend, here are a few ideas for some tasty deviled eggs you can whip up in mere minutes.

Deviled Lil’ Deviled Eggs

Add n’ Mix Ins:

  • Top with caviar
  • Top with dulse flakes
  • Top with chili powder
  • Mix in capers
  • Mix in fresh cilantro, basil or rosemary
  • Mix in homemade salsa
  • Mix in chutney
  • Mix in relish
  • Mix in spicy mustard
  • Mix in scallions or chives

My Favorite Deviled Egg Combination:

  • 12 Jumbo hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Veganaise (Vegan Mayo)
  • 2 Scallions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Salsa
  • 1 tsp.Dijon Mustard
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • Dash of chili powder
  • Dash of smoked paprika

Mayo Substitution Options:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  • Low Fat Ricotta Cheese
  • Veganaise (Vegan Mayo)
  • Nasoya Mayonnaise

Directions

  • Half eggs lengthwise with a sharp knife.
  • Gently remove the yolks.
  • Place yolks into a food processor with your choice of mayonnaise substitute, chives or scallions, relish, mustard, sea salt and pepper.  Process until smooth.
  • Spoon yolk mixture into each egg white half. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings.
  • Enjoy!

As you know, I have worked with and love Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America. This organization has ambitious goals and is working creatively to meet them, making sure that children don’t just have enough to eat, but that they are getting the nutrition they need to learn, grow and thrive.  Yahoo!  has committed to donate $20,000 to Share Our Strength.  In turn, you have the opportunity to show your support of this partnership by setting Yahoo! as your homepage by clicking on this link.

Do you prefer soft boiled or hard boiled eggs?

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July.

 

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Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites July 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Holy delicious! This makes me want to have an egg party. Serioulsy haha This post makes me wish I were hosting a fourth of July party! I have NOTHING to cook for this weekend! But, next time I do, these babies will be on the menu!

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Cait's Plate July 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I love both soft and hard boiled eggs. I’m such an egg lover that it doesn’t even matter :)

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Amie July 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Thanks Kate; great to hear from you! Same here; I’m an egg lover, as well. Enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

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Kirstin July 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Eggs are my favorite go to snack/meal these days. I have discovered that I have low cholesterol–which is viewed by many as super healthy but actually low cholesterol can be a problem. So, I was prescribed sonic cholesterol but actually each capsule is equal to one egg sooooooo…my new obsession with eggs. Thanks for the recipes. Love it. Love it. Love it. And Happy Fourth of July!

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Amie July 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

Kirstin,
Great to hear from you! Thank you for your comment. I am loving my ‘sunny side’ eggs in the morning and making lots of egg salads and poached eggs, as well…lovin’ the taste and the goodness atop salads, sandwiches and pilafs. Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Looking forward to seeing you soon and perhaps having an ‘egg’ date, hehe.
Enjoy the sunshine and hope you had a fantastic 4th with the kids.
xo
Amie

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Sherilyn @ Wholepromise July 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

These look fabulous Amie. Great for the kids as well.

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Amie July 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Thank you so much, Sherilyn. Great to hear from you; you’re right…it’s a perfect dish for the kiddies too! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

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Tadjia April 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I just love your recipes i’m an Amie junkie;-). Visit your site at least twice a day;-)

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Amie April 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Awe; thank you Tadjia. You are so kind! I’m thrilled you’re an Amie Junkie, hehe…have a fabulous day and let me know if there is anything I can ever do for you! xo

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