Recipe: Chorizo Basquaise Poached Egg with Olive Oil Crouton

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Recipe adapted with permission from the Cook’n with Class school in Paris and my teacher, Chef Constance Deledalle. By the way, Constance has a fun blog which she pens in English about her culinary adventures in Paris and beyond. For the bread, she used a hearty walnut-studded wheat, but you could likely use any day-old bread with good results. Serves six.

6 eggs
8 bell peppers, a mix of red and yellow
3 medium yellow onions, sliced thin
1 big chunk of chorizo, about 6 oz.
3 tablespoons olive oil
Few sprigs fresh thyme or at least 1 teaspoon dried
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Six small slices of day-old bread
Coarse salt, fresh-ground pepper

A student cuts up peppers

Prepare the basquise: Slice the peppers in half, remove the white membrane and any seeds, then slice them into thin slices (julienne). and scoop out the seeds. Peel and slice the onions. Dice the chorizo into one-inch cubes, or if using a sausage-style chorizo, slice into thick rounds. Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat and cook the onions until softened. Then add the peppers, the chorizo, thyme, and garlic. Cover the pot, turn down the heat and let it cook slowly until the peppers soften, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Prepare the eggs: In a sauce pan large enough to hold six eggs, add water along with the vinegar and bring to a boil. If you have heat-resistant plastic, you can try Chef Constance’s technique by preparing the eggs by enclosing in plastic, (see below) pressing out as much air as possible and then securing with a knot. If not, poach them the traditional way. Poach to desired doneness, preferably to the point where a bit of yolk runs when cut in half.

Make croutons: Baste each side of the bread slices with olive oil and pepper and briefly roast in the oven for about five minutes or until crisp.

To serve, remove the thyme sprigs (if using), heap the cooked peppers in the middle of a plate or bowl, top with the egg and serve with the crouton.

Cooking Technique: Poaching eggs in plastic

 Chef Constance taught us a great trick: poaching eggs in heat-resistant plastic. She pulled a sheet of plastic over a small bowl, cracked the egg into it, squeezed out the air and then secured it with a knot. The eggs were then placed in hot water for a few minutes until cooked. Result: a perfect poached egg.

Secure with knot

Gently poach

About katflinn

Kathleen Flinn is the author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry," "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" and "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good." All are published by Viking/Penguin.

Comments

  1. What a beautiful dish! And thank you so much for the tip on poached eggs.

  2. Debra G. says:

    That is a great tip on the eggs. Do you think Saran Wrap would work?

    • Kathleen Flinn says:

      FDA guidelines require that plastic wrap should withstand heat up to boiling without issue. Just like “hard-boiled eggs,” you don’t need the water to boil but to just to be quite hot, and simply soak until the whites firm up to the point of cooking you desire. But I would use only a well-known brand of plastic wrap, such as Saran Wrap, rather than a cheap generic which may be manufactured outside the U.S. and skirt the FDA requirements.

  3. That crouton looks absolutely wonderful!

  4. Normand D. says:

    It’s kind of like sous vide cooking, but on a home cooking scale. I like it.

  5. geekyblond says:

    Good idea about using only Saran wrap. I’m still a bit timid about heating plastic for health reasons. Perhaps I’ve read too many web horror stories?

    http://abunchofgreens.blogspot.com/2008/03/good-plastic-bad-plastic.html

    • Kathleen Flinn says:

      Yeah, I can feel your thoughts on that. I get the 475+ approved wrap. I don’t do it often, but it’s a cool trick.

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