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Warmed Greens with Poached Egg

On a dreary Winter day there is nothing like a hearty brunch to warm the soul. But you don’t always have to make something sweet or heavy. In fact, sometimes I like a good salad for brunch. This salad is so good though I’ll eat it anytime I get the chance.

I actually created a new category on Macheesmo because of this dish: TIWSIMRIIHAR. Things I would serve in my restaurant if I had a restaurant.

There are two parts to this salad that really set it over the top. First, the warmed dressing. It’s just a standard vinaigrette but by cooking it in the same pan as the mushrooms and bacon it picks up lots of flavor and also slightly wilts the greens.

Second, the poached egg. If you’ve never had a salad with a poached egg you are missing out. A lot of people like hard boiled eggs in salad, but I think poached is even a better option. You can poach it hard if you want, but I like mine really runny so it mixes with the dressing and makes for a delicious egg, dressing, bacon soup.

Warmed Greens Salad with Poached Egg

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A quick and delicious dinner with a warmed green salad and poached eggs.

Ingredients

Salad

2 bunches of greens (escarole and watercress)
10-16 ounces good bacon.
1/2 pound crimini mushrooms
Grated Parmesan
1 egg per plate.
1/3 cup vinegar (for poaching)

Dressing:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
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Directions

1) Slice up bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and fry it up super-crispy. Basically, you want bacon bits.

2) Set your bacon aside and let it cool. Roughly tear up escarole and watercress.

3) Chop up those shrooms if you are using them. Sautee in 2 tablespoons of leftover bacon grease over medium heat until they are wilted.

4) Heat a medium pot full of water and bring it to a simmer. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup vinegar for poaching.

5) Next take your balsamic, honey, and mustard and whisk them into the same pan you cooked your mushrooms and bacon in. Then slowly whisk in your olive oil.

6) Poach your eggs in slightly simmering water by slowly lowering them into the water. Let them simmer for 2 minutes 30 seconds and then remove with a slotted spoon. Let the eggs drain briefly on a paper towel.

7) While your egg poaches split the greens, bacon, and mushrooms between however many plates you are serving. Pour your warmed dressing over and then transfer your egg right from the pot to the plate.

First thing first, cut up that bacon and fry it up super-crispy. Basically, you want bacon bits.

Makin' the bacon.

Makin’ the bacon.

Set your bacon aside and let it cool. I prepped my greens next to get those out of the way. I roughly tore up my escarole and added my watercress.

Two kinds of greens.

Two kinds of greens.

Next chop up those shrooms if you are using them. I like to cook mine in the bacon grease that is left over. You maybe need 2 Tablespoons of grease so pour off any extra. You don’t want them too greasy.

These are optional. Kind of.

These are optional. Kind of.

Now everything moves pretty quickly. This is the order I did things in. The goal is to pour your warmed dressing over the salad and then immediately top it with a freshly poached egg.

I start by getting a medium saucepan of water going. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup vinegar. This is the key to a poached egg. The acid makes the proteins in the egg stick together. You don’t need any egg poaching contraption. All you need is a pot of water and a touch of vinegar. You could use lemon juice also.

Magic juice.

Magic juice.

Next take your balsamic, honey, and mustard and whisk them into the same pan you cooked your mushrooms and bacon in. Then slowly whisk in your olive oil. It should combine beautifully. Be sure to scrape up any bacon bits or mushroom bits stuck to the pan. FLAVOR.

This can just bubble away on very low heat for a few minutes.

Warmed dressing. Good stuff.

Warmed dressing. Good stuff.

Now your poaching water should be boiling. Here are the surefire tricks to making a perfect poached egg:
1) You don’t want a rolling boil. You want your water simmering, but not boiling.
2) Crack your egg into a measuring cup or small bowl. Don’t crack it right into the water or you might end up with shells.
3) Give your water a quick stir to create a small whirlpool. This will help your egg stick together.
4) Slowly roll your egg out of the cup or bowl and into the water.

After 2 minutes. Yes. Just two minutes. You will have a perfectly poached egg. If you want it poached medium then go for 3-4 minutes. If you want it rock hard then cook it for a day or whatever.

Use a slotted spoon (I don’t have one. So sue me) to remove your egg gently from the water. Get a paper towel to dab off extra water.

Poaching an egg is actually pretty easy.

Poaching an egg is actually pretty easy.

While your egg poaches split the greens, bacon, and mushrooms between however many plates you are serving. Pour your warmed dressing over and then transfer your egg right from the pot to the plate.

Once you get good at poaching you can do two or three eggs at once. But start with just one at a time.

Poached egg and a salad are BFF.

Poached egg and a salad are BFF.

This salad is so delicious. I like to serve mine with some toasted bread to go along with the egg. Don’t let the poaching intimidate you. If you mess up an egg or two, no big deal. Eventually, you will get it right and then you can throw away all of those weird poaching tools that lead to pretty poor poached eggs in my opinion.

What do you think? Egg in a salad is good right?

7 comments on “Warmed Greens with Poached Egg

  1. That looks scrumptious, to use a really passe word. It’s a riff on a classic you get in Paris bistros. Ask your Significant Other to put a slotted spoon in your Christmas stocking, and have a happy holiday!

  2. I like an egg in a Cesar Salad. The dressing is so good with parmesan cheese, garlic, pepper and the one minute egg…

  3. Funny, I happened on your site and this recipe and learned how easy it is to make honey mustard dressing. Definitely not the same as in a bottle, but so simple. And the tiny bit of pork fat adds to the flavor. It will be a staple in our kitchen from now on!

  4. When we ate this, my partner actually said it was so good, he didn’t even feel like he needed to cook up two pounds of pasta afterwards. That’s a win.

    1. Also, that was the first time I poached an egg and it was still runny on the inside. Double-win!

  5. WHY DID I THINK THIS WOULD MAKE A GOOD PRE-DINNER SALAD?

    Seriously. I made this with the intention of it being a nice “I need something right after work, but I want to cook tonight” compromise.
    We skipped straight to the pudding, after letting this lusciously filling salad sit for about half an hour. :P

    Like my discovery of crepes through macheesmo, I have also discovered how freakin simple it is to poach an egg. I am totally conquering “fancy” brunch, one super-easy-but-still-seems-impressively-hard dish at a time.

    Did anyone else have an issue with the dressing being SUPER running though? Like, basically deliciously flavored water? I’m thinking the mushrooms sweat on me, or maybe I didn’t blot my egg well enough?

    1. Hey Raeven! Thanks for the comment and glad you mastered the poached egg! I haven’t heard any issue about the dressing being runny… it’s mostly thick stuff (honey, mustard, etc.) You’re right though… you do need to drain the eggs pretty well or they can add a lot of water to the salad. I’d bet that might be where the extra liquid came from. Sounds like it was still good though!

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