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Basted Eggs

Why had no one told me about basted eggs?

Josh went out to breakfast and ordered something called basted eggs.  He took a photo and texted it to me.  They looked like perfect eggs over medium: whites fully cooked, yolks runny.

Last night, we were both still hungry after dinner and decided we wanted an egg.  Did we want… perchance… to try this “basted egg” thing?

Yes, we did.

So all you do is start out your eggs however you fry your eggs.  I heat the pan over medium, spray some cooking spray on the pan, and then add the cracked eggs.  When the whites looks close to being set, you pop a lid on the pan.  Our lid goes with our stockpot, so it didn’t really “fit” per se, but it rested slightly inside the pan, forming enough of a seal.  You’ll start seeing condensation on the inside of the lid.  Then the tops of the yolks will cloud over, as if someone is dragging a bit of white over the yolk and cooking it.  Then it’s time to take off the lid and slide the eggs out of the pan.

They were amazing.  I have a 50/50 chance of cracking the yolk when I try to flip eggs, but because this method doesn’t use flipping, the yolks were perfectly intact.  (That is, if I hadn’t broken one of the yolks cracking open the egg in the first place.)

The directions we read talked about adding water to the pan before putting on the lid.  But it wasn’t necessary at all.

Dear basted eggs, I love you.

 

14 comments

1 HereWeGoAJen { 01.22.15 at 10:51 am }

I am intrigued. I will definitely be trying this.

2 a { 01.22.15 at 11:34 am }

Interesting. I think my husband would like this.

But why were you still hungry after dinner? (It’s a rhetorical question – my daughter is pretty much guaranteed to pronounce “I’m hungry! What do we have to eat?” approximately 1/2 hour after dinner every night. No matter what we have. No matter how stuffed she was after eating. I do not understand this concept and never will. When I’m stuffed, it’s a good 8 hours before I want to eat anything again.)

3 AMS { 01.22.15 at 11:42 am }

huh. I always assumed your “no white food” rule applied to eggs!
I’ve recently started playing with baking eggs as part of my experimenting with various middle eastern and Mediterranean dishes. I’ll have to try basted eggs too.

4 Ryanne { 01.22.15 at 12:54 pm }

This is how I started making over-easy eggs for my husband! I can’t stand them myself, but I was always frustrated by the usual way of frying eggs so I had to find a way to get them perfect! This is the way!

5 Catwoman73 { 01.22.15 at 1:42 pm }

Yup- this is how I do mine! I also like them oven poached in spicy tomato and spinach sauce. Yum!

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 01.22.15 at 3:10 pm }

Basted is what my parents have always made, served and ordered. I shoulda toldja!

(I didn’t think to because of the white.)

7 Tara { 01.22.15 at 3:36 pm }

This is how I make my eggs, but with a tiny bit of water for steam. It works beautifully. I didn’t know it was called “basted eggs” though, I learned something today. 🙂

8 Jess { 01.22.15 at 4:35 pm }

OMG that sounds amazing. I think I need to include basted eggs in my dinner tonight. Perfect solution to the broken-yolk/egg-white-goo problems of over-easy!

9 torthuil { 01.22.15 at 9:08 pm }

This is what I call eggs “sunny side up” – never heard it called basted eggs though!
I like runny yolks in eggs (I dip my toast into it). I gave up runny eggs during pregnancy because food paranoia. Enjoying them again now!

10 Mali { 01.22.15 at 10:28 pm }

I learn something new every day. I do this sometimes, simply to stop the egg burning or sticking to the bottom, leaving the top whites still uncooked. That’s my idea of a perfect egg – nice and runny in the middle. (I’ve never flipped an egg – and never tried. Could never understand the US “overeasy” thing, as it would cook the yolk, wouldn’t it?)

11 fifi { 01.23.15 at 9:52 am }

Hehe, I read that as “blasted eggs”, as in “why do these blasted eggs never turn out the way they are supposed to?”

12 Justine { 01.23.15 at 10:50 pm }

Nononononono. (I have a thing about segregated eggs. Especially runny ones. They’re one of the few things that give me food heebie-jeebies.)

13 loribeth { 01.26.15 at 6:53 pm }

This is how my dad cooks fried eggs, but I didn’t know there was a specific name for it.

I like my eggs well done, and I actually do NOT like egg whites. (This may be one area where we are both squeamish about eating white stuff, Mel, lol.) When my dad cooks my eggs, he makes a great show of delivering two cooked yolks to me & gives the whites to someone else. 😉 When I was a kid I was tested for allergies & was told I was allergic to egg whites… I was happy to have an excuse not to eat them. I think I outgrew that allergy a long time ago, though — it has not registered on any of the allergy tests I’ve done as an adult and, as dh points out, I am quite happy to eat scrambled eggs & do so without incident. 😉

14 SRB { 01.29.15 at 9:38 am }

OHEMGEEEE! This is a game changer!

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