The Egg Challenge/Eggs Meurette


Mi poached huevos!

Sooo,

My first attempt this morning at making Eggs Meurette. What is this dish?…a very traditional French dish in which eggs are poached and prepared in a wine sauce. Why am I so obsessed with it? Because it is fucking delicious! You can make Eggs Meurette with red or white wine. I’ve only had them made w/ red wine, but I’ll make this with both white and red wines. Check out this pic of the eggs after being poached in the red wine and beef broth…they look pretty purplish n ugly but they will be Mmmm, Mmmm good! I’ve prepared the sauce as directed, and sauteed the required muchrooms, pearl onions, and thrown in my own home-cured, unsmoked bacon (Hellll Yesssss) and them aside…Now, I have to run out and get the forgotten Baguette. Below is the basic recipe I’m using: After looking at dozens of variations of this dish, it is my take on the most traditional version.

Poached Eggs in a Red Wine Sauce

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

6 fresh eggs

1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine

2 cups brown veal stock

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 carrot, thinly sliced

1 celery stalk, thinly sliced

1 garlic clove, crushed

A bouquet garni of thyme sprigs, parsley stems, and a bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

Salt and pepper

For the garnish

2     tablespoons butter

1/4 pound mushrooms, sliced

1/4 pound piece of bacon, diced

20 pearl onions, peeled


For the croûtes

8 slices of french baquette

Oil for frying

For thickening the sauce

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

Preparation

1. To poach the eggs, bring the wine and stock to a vigorous boil in a large shallow pan. Break four eggs, one by one, into the places where the liquid is bubbling so the bubbles spin the eggs. Lower the heat and poach the eggs for 3 to 4 minutes until the yolks are fairly firm but still soft to the touch. Lift out the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels. Poach the remaining eggs in the same way. Trim off the stringy edges with scissors and set the eggs aside. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, bouquet garni, and peppercorns to the poaching liquid and simmer until it is concentrated and reduced by half, 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cook the garnish, melt half the butter in a medium saucepan, add the mushrooms, and sauté until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms, add bacon with the remaining butter, and fry until brown. Lift out the bacon and drain it on paper towels. Add the baby onions and sauté them gently until brown and tender, shaking the pan often so they color evenly, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain off all the fat, replace the mushrooms and bacon, and set the pan aside.

3. Make the croûtes, using a round or oval cutter, and cut the bread into 8 shapes just larger than a poached egg. Heat 1/4 inch (6 mm) of oil in a frying pan, over medium heat. Working in batches, fry the croûtes until browned on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Set the croûtes aside.

4. To thicken the sauce, crush the butter on a plate with a fork and work in the flour to form a soft paste. Whisk this kneaded butter, a piece at a time, into the simmering wine mixture until the mixture becomes thick enough to lightly coat a spoon. Strain the sauce over the garnish of mushrooms, baby onions, and bacon, pressing on the carrot, onion, and celery to extract all the liquid and flavor. Bring the sauce to a boil, taste, and adjust the seasoning.

5. To prepare ahead, poach the eggs up to a day in advance, keeping them in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator. Store the sauce and garnish also in the refrigerator. The croûtes will be fine if kept tightly wrapped, then warmed in a low oven.

6. To serve, reheat the eggs by immersing them in hot water for 1 minute. If necessary, reheat the garnish and sauce on top of the stove, and warm croûtes in the oven. Set the croûtes on warm serving plates. Drain the eggs on paper towels, set one on each croûte, and spoon over the sauce and garnish.

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