For this month's Daring Cook's challenge, we are supposed to poach an egg. I just recently warmed up to the idea of having a poached egg. I was never particularly a fan of egg yolks, but in the last few years, I've started really like them :) I decided to make one of my favorite types of dishes, crabcakes benedict. Basically, it's your typical eggs benedict with a Maryland twist. You have an english muffin, then instead of Canadian bacon, you use a crabcake. Then, you add a bit of Old Bay to the hollandaise sauce. Since an English muffin isn't exactly paleo and I'm trying to be good, I just served my own rendition:
* 1/2 lb of crabmeat (lump crabmeat is the best)
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1 tbs Old Bay
* 3 egg yolks
*1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
*1/2 cup butter
I cracked the eggs, one at a time into a small bowl. If you do this, you can pour the egg into the boiling water more gently, which is the goal, because you don't want to break the egg up too much. Slowly, I poured the whole egg into the simmering water.
It dropped in and immediately, the egg white spread out making it look kinda like a ghost or something. I started to get nervous because I thought that it might not stick together and just turn into a semi solid eggish mess.
Fortunately, the egg just kept gently rolling around in circles in the water and I think that helped to get the egg white to stick together again. After a few minutes, I gently scooped it out with a slotted spoon and rested it on the crab mixture. They looked surprisingly like poached eggs!
I then drizzled a little bit of my hollandaisy sauce on top of it, sprinkled some more Old Bay on it (for good measure) and served it with a few strips of bacon.
This turned out to be an AMAZING breakfast! I loved it! The crab was seasoned well and had a lot of flavor. The eggs were cooked perfectly. When I cut into them, the yolk ran all over the crab and gave it a nice rich flavor. The hollandaise sauce could stand for some improvement, but we've talked about that before...
I'm definitely going to have to try this again at some point. I think I'm going to try making it with sauteed spinach and maybe some regular bacon, as I'm not a huge fan of Canadian bacon. The combination just sounds really yummy to me.
Overall, I'm really glad that I was able to complete this challenge. I'd always thought that it would be really tough to poach an egg, but I've been pleasantly surprised!