Eggs made even simpler
Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 22:08
It’s the start of a new year at UConn, and for me that means the start of a brand new column. Last year, I wrote about writing techniques and dilemmas, but this year, I’ll be writing about food: reviews, recipes and anything else relevant I can think of. For my first column, I’ll be starting off simple with a food many of us find a quick solution to unanticipated hunger: eggs.
The simplest way of preparing eggs is either through scrambling or frying. The key to good scrambled eggs is the whisking, which incorporates air. The more air, the fluffier the scrambled eggs are, and fluffier is better! There are of course variations on scrambled eggs, but the simplest way of preparing them is simply to whisk the eggs in a large bowl with milk, add salt and pepper to taste and then scramble them with butter in a good frying pan. To cut down on fat, milk can be replaced with water or a similar substitute, and the butter can be replaced with any cooking oil (like olive).
Frying eggs is even simpler. The eggs go in a greased frying pan, and then they just sit until the edges are slightly curled and the whites are set. If the edges start to curl before the whites look ready, lower the heat a little and cover for a minute or two. You can add salt and pepper to taste with fried eggs as well, and the type of oil you use to cook them in can add a little something extra to the meal. Butter will add richness to the eggs, whereas olive oil will make for a cleaner, almost grassy flavor. If you’re looking to treat yourself, go ahead and fry them with bacon fat.
Another great and easy way of preparing eggs is the omelet. The classic way of cooking an omelet is to whisk the eggs as you would if you were scrambling them, adding salt, pepper and other desired spices at this point to the mix. You then cook the eggs evenly on a medium heat, adding milk or water to make them fluffier. At this point, you also add any fillings you would like, except cheese – that comes later. Flip it when the egg starts to bubble on top is when you flip it and cook until it is no longer runny. Add cheese, and fold the omelet as desired. Please note: meat fillings should be pre-cooked to avoid foodborne illness.
There are of course many other ways to prepare eggs. They can be poached, hard or soft-boiled, or made into a frittata or served as eggs Benedict. Eggs can also be a welcome addition to a variety of foods. They can be mixed into a fried rice dish, or used in a breakfast burrito. Furthermore, eggs can be a great source of nutritional value for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Even without a grocery store within walking distance, all UConn students can enjoy their own cooked eggs by purchasing them from the Dairy Bar.