The Perfect Boiled Egg

11 Jul
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The other day I ran across a great collection of recipes for deviled eggs.  Strangely enough, I can rarely stare down an egg at breakfast, but deviled eggs I can eat anyway, anytime.  I was considering which of these interesting twists on a deviled eggs that I might find the most enticing when I began to think about the fact that  if you do not know how to cook the perfect boiled egg none of them would be a good choice.  

As a matter of fact if you do not know the little secrets that chefs learn in culinary school or what young cooks learn “at the elbow” of someone older and much wiser in the techniques of creating fabulous food you will likely suffer the fate of many who have gone before you who wonder why every time they make that prized recipe they got from their mother-in law, or Aunt Susie or even from the flavor of the day chef on the Food Network ,”Why does it always taste better when someone else makes it?”

While I am sure there is more than one way to make a perfect boiled egg, I am doubly sure that there are many more ways to make an imperfect boiled egg,  so to save you the trial and error of discovering one that works for you, I am going to share the way that Martha Stewart recommends.  This is the simple, beautiful key to a perfect breakfast of hard-boiled eggs, brunch of deviled eggs, and tea time of egg salad sandwiches.

To view recipe click here,

(In addition, a trick I learned long ago is to add about 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the water before boiling.  This will hold the white together in the case you have a cracked egg.  It also helps the eggs to peel easily.)

It is truly perfect in its simplicity, however, the devil is in the details.   Martha knows that the temperature that the ingredients begin at affect the quality of the final product when cooking, especially with eggs.  Also you will notice that how quickly the temperature changes as well as the length of time that the eggs cook are also very important to creating tender almost addictive eggs.

So now that you know the technique for cooking a perfect boiled egg  almost any recipe you decide to use for deviled eggs, or egg salad, or anything featuring boiled eggs will be a better one.

I have often wished that someone would share the little secret techniques  that make the difference between a good cook and a great one in one easily accessible place.  Maybe with your help we can start that right here.

If you would like for me to share the deviled egg recipe collection that inspired this post just make a request in the comments.  If you have your own favorite way to create the perfect boiled egg or a favorite egg recipe please feel free to share it with others by posting it in the comments.

Eat happy, eat well!


2 Responses to “The Perfect Boiled Egg”

  1. Lisa August 16, 2011 at 3:23 PM #

    Okay now I am going to make the best deviled eggs EVER!

    • queenoffamilosity August 16, 2011 at 7:52 PM #

      Isn’t that a wonderful feeling? Lisa, what is your favorite twist on traditional deviled eggs?

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