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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Simple Breakfast: Soft-Boiled Egg with Diced Avocado

Eggs are considered a near-perfect food. They're full of vitamins, minerals, protein, pixie dust. (That last one might not be true.) They also have all 9 essential amino acids, making them a complete protein.

In other words, they're good and good for you.

Avocados are considered a super food, also full of pixie dust (maybe). They're full of good fat (the kind that keeps you from getting bad fat), tasty, and are good for your brain.

All that science aside, you combine eggs with avocados and you have a delicious breakfast.

I like my eggs soft-boiled. They're like poached eggs, but without the hassle. My father, who always made me perfect eggs, taught me the secret: boil the egg for exactly 3 minutes. A really good roiling boil. The whites will be thoroughly cooked, the yolk still just runny. (Health note: anytime you don't cook your eggs fully, you run the risk of salmonella poisoning, so use pasteurized eggs like Safest Choice or Eggland's Best.)

Dice an avocado, snip some chives, sprinkle some truffle salt, crack some black pepper, and you have breakfast. In just over 3 minutes.

Pixie dust optional.

Break the yolk and have at it.






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Soft-Boiled Egg with Diced Avocado
A quick and easy meal, as easy to make for breakfast as for a midnight snack.
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cut chives
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
1. Cover egg with about an inch of water. Bring water to a boil and let boil for 3 minutes (4 minutes for larger eggs).2. While the egg boils, cut open the avocado. Using a sharp knife, cut all the way around the large pit and twist open. Leave the pit in one half, and run the knife in parallel cuts along the long axis of the other half. Then cut perpendicular lines in the flesh and scoop out with a spoon. 3. After 3 minutes, remove the egg from the heat and shock with ice water to stop the cooking. Gently crack the egg and split in half, leaving the yolk on one side. Scoop out with a spoon on top of the avocado.4. Sprinkle salt and pepper (truffle salt if you have it), and any other condiment (salsa, maybe?). Break the yolk and enjoy.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: minutesYield: 1 serving

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