Welcome to my Broke Betch Cooking series, which is exactly what it sounds like: cooking deliciousness on a budget! Living in NYC is expensive, as is ordering takeout for lunch and dinner every day. Other than Sushi Sundays, which is a long, beloved tradition for me, I try to cook most of my meals at home. Sometimes I’ll go to the grocery store with something specific in mind, but a lot of the time, I end up making something with whatever I can find in the fridge/pantry (I am the leftovers queen). I am a HUGE foodie, and strongly believe that a delicious meal is worth all the time and effort. I’m continuously surprised by how often people will reach out about the pictures of food that I post on Instagram (yes, I am that basic bitch), so I figured I would share my “recipes,” if you will, to spread the wealth! Enjoy!
I absolutely love eggs because they are soo yummy and versatile! Growing up, my mom would make soft-boiled eggs for breakfast, just like her mom did. She served them in a little egg cup and a tiny spoon to eat the egg right out of the shell. It’s a tradition that I’ll always remember, and it makes me so happy to be able to continue to experiment with this “recipe.”
The different possibilities are endless, and preparing soft-boiled eggs takes under 10 minutes! I’ve always heard that the perfect soft-boiled egg cooks in 6 minutes, but after some trial and error, I’ve determined that 7 minutes is the perfect time for the consistency that I like.
7 minutes, 7 steps:
- Fill a small pot with a few inches of water and put it on the stove with high heat.
- Wait for the water to boil, and turn the heat down to medium-low (simmer). You should see small bubbles, but reduced from a full boil.
- Using a spoon, carefully lower your eggs into the water. If the entire egg isn’t submerged, that’s fine!
- Cover the pot with a lid and set your timer for 7 minutes.
- After 7 minutes, take the pot off the stove and run the eggs under cold water for about a minute. You can also leave the eggs in the cold water for a minute to be sure to stop the cooking of the yolk.
- Gently crack the eggs on a hard surface, and peel the shell off (this is easier to do if the egg and your hands are wet).
- Serve however you want, or eat them alone!
Here are some ideas of how to serve your soft-boiled eggs:
- All alone, seasoned with salt, pepper, and cayenne powder.
- Cut into slices, on toast. You can also add things like avocado, cheese, leafy greens, tomatoes, etc.
- In a sandwich! Make it a BEC with some bacon and cheese.
- Mixed with cooked veggies like mushrooms, onions, leafy greens, etc.