10 Great Ways to Cook Eggs - Easy, Different Egg Recipes
Eggs, eggs, eggs!
I love eggs. There are so many different ways to cook eggs. I love their versatility, and I love their price. Eggs are usually pretty cheap. Right now I have three dozen eggs in my refrigerator, because my favorite grocery store, Aldi, keeps selling them for 65 cents. 65 cents per dozen! That's unheard of. How can I pass them up?
Needless to say, I've been eating a lot of eggs. A quick scramble, over-easy, an omelet, whatever. Sometimes I put the scrambled ones in a tortilla wrap. With so many eggs in my fridge, I'm got to be creative to use them up. When the price goes up past 65 cents, perhaps I'll move on to something else to eat for a while, but for now . . . it's eggs!
10 Different Ways to Cook Eggs
Eggs really are one of the most versatile foods around. They can be used in recipes for baked goods or casseroles, but they also stand alone as a great food by themselves. I can make a whole meal out of them. I already mentioned that they are cheap. They are also low in calories--depending on how they are made. Here are ten of my favorite ways to cook eggs.
1. Scrambled Eggs
This is easy. Throw several eggs in a non-stick pan, pour in a little bit of milk, and mix. Stir occasionally until eggs are thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also spice scrambled eggs up with chopped jalapenos or tomatoes, and even top them off with cheese or salsa.
2. Egg Over-Easy (or fried)
Well, we called it a fried egg where I grew up. Put an egg in grease or oil and cook it on both sides until cooked. I always liked them cooked just enough to cook the white part but leave the yolk soft. Others like them cooked longer so that the yolk hardens. You pick! Then add salt and pepper to taste.
A fried egg might be “country talk” for an egg over-easy, which involves cooking an egg on one side, and then turning it over once during the cooking process. An egg that is cooked sunny-side up is not turned, but some cooks baste the top by splashing the oil up onto the yolk.
3. Poached Eggs
I didn’t really discover the wonderfulness of poached eggs until I was an adult--and now? I love them! I feel I've been missing out all these years! My boyfriend (now ex) made them for me, and I was hooked. I bought a four-egg poacher for myself. The eggs go into round holders in the pan, and water boils underneath. I bought a poacher for my boyfriend since he loved making them, and sadly, the eggs stuck like crazy. The poacher pan I had bought at Aldi worked great, so when my b/f became an ex, I was glad that I had kept my own poacher so that I wouldn't have to depend on him for delicious poached eggs.
Take the eggs out when they are just past the slimy stage. Eat them with a little salt and pepper. Also, try mixing them with crushed crackers.That's my favorite way. You can also try them with cut up toast for variety.
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Chef Paul shows you how to make a poached egg if you don't have an egg poacher.
My Favorite Omelets
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Omelets are a bit more complicated, but, boy, are they yummy! I like to take three eggs for a good-sized omelet. Mix eggs with a little milk. Pour into non-stick pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cook slowly so as not to burn. Have your ingredients ready beforehand that you want to put in your omelet. Once the bottom of the omelet starts to hold together, you can add your fillings.
The possibilities are endless. Use any combination of cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, scallions, tomatoes, jalapenos, black or green olives, bacon, ham, or any other of your favorite fillers. Be creative. I love a spinach and cheese omelet! Take spatula and fold one side of omelet onto the other side. Let it cook until egg is no longer runny. You can top your creation with sour cream (my personal favorite), salsa, or even a Hollandaise sauce.
5. Boiled Eggs
If you can boil water, you can make this easy treat. Put water in a pan, bring water to a boil, and boil as many eggs as you want for seven minutes. Perfect every time.
Eat these eggs plain or chop up in salads. Boiled eggs make an excellent quick high-protein breakfast. You can also make deviled eggs or egg salad and other “salads,” which I will discuss shortly.
6. Fried Egg Sandwich
Simple and filling! Just fry an egg like we talked about earlier. Cook it enough so that the yolk isn’t too soft and spilling out of your sandwich. Put the egg between two pieces of your favorite bread with mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip, if that’s your preference). Add cheese, if you’d like. Even a thin piece of ham is tasty on an egg sandwich. Make your own egg sandwich once, and you will be hooked!
Deviled Egg Serving Plate
7. Deviled Eggs
These little "devils" sure are tasty! Run cold water over your boiled eggs. Peel and half them. Separate yolk with spoon. Mix with mayo, a squirt of mustard, and sweet pickle relish (to your taste). Add salt and pepper. Spoon into halved egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika.
Oh, I love these little guys. I could eat a whole tray of them myself!
And is it worth it to have a deviled egg tray to serve these guys in? I think so. I inherited an old ceramic deviled egg plate from my mom, and since then my step-mother has given me a plastic container with a lid that's great to take places. My brother even borrowed it! I make deviled eggs enough that I think it's worth it to have specialized containers.
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8. Egg (and other) Salads
For egg salad, chop up your boiled eggs with mayo, a squirt of mustard, salt and pepper, and your choice of the following: sweet or dill relish, chopped dill pickles, or green olives. I’ve tried them all, and they are all excellent…or should I say eggs-cellent! For other "salads," follow these instructions, but add ham, chicken, turkey, or tuna, to make ham
9. French Toast
With French toast, you don’t taste the egg as much, but this is a great treat! Mix up about one egg per two or three pieces of bread. Add milk and vanilla flavoring to egg mixture. Sop bread with it and fry in small amount of oil or cooking spray. Turn to get both sides browned. Sprinkle with cinnamon and/or powdered sugar. Top with syrup.
What is your favorite way to eat eggs?
Now we’re getting more complicated. Find recipes in your favorite cookbooks or through Google searches if you want to challenge yourself with these egg recipes.
I’ve made several quiches. They’re not really difficult. They just take a little more time and sometimes more ingredients.
When you search for a recipe online, type in the ingredients you want in a quiche, breakfast casserole, or other item. I have a favorite spinach quiche with Swiss cheese that I love to make any time!
What have I left out? What are some of your favorite ways to cook eggs? There are so many different ways! Whatever you decide upon, enjoy your eggs!