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How Do You Like Your Eggs?

April 21, 2015
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With dozens of ways to cook them, eggs have a language all of their own.

Eggs Benedict – An English muffin topped with ham or bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.

Hard Boiled An egg cooked in boiling water with the shell intact. Hard boiled eggs are cooked through until both the whites and yolk have completely set.

Omelet (Omelette) – Uncooked whole eggs that have been beaten and then cooked quickly in a frying pan. Omelets are then folded in half over fillings like cheese, vegetables and meat.

Over Easy – A fried egg that is flipped once and cooked yolk side down only long enough to create a film over the top of the yolk, leaving the center of the yolk liquid.

Over Hard – A fried egg that is flipped and cooked yolk side down until the yolk has completely cooked through.

Poached – Eggs that have been cracked into a pot of hot liquid for cooking. The liquid is usually water or broth, but can be any sauce. The is cooked until the white has mostly set, but the yolk remains soft.

Scrambled – Uncooked whole eggs are beaten together and then cooked in a skillet. The beaten egg mixture is gently moved around the skillet as it sets to create a soft, curdled texture.

Shirred – Eggs that have been baked in a ramekin, usually with butter or cream, until the whites have set but the yolk is still mostly liquid.

Soft Boiled – An egg cooked in boiling water with the shell intact. Soft-boiled eggs are cooked until the whites are set but the yolk is still liquid.

Sunny Side Up – A fried egg that is not flipped or cooked yolk side down. The whites cook until completely or partially set while the yolk remains liquid.