Hosting Sunday brunch can be a daunting task, especially since it seems like more and more people devote time to photographing their food. The pressure is on to create a meal that looks as delicious as it tastes. You could devote hours to crafting flawless soufflés or baking decadent pastries, but you don’t need to. We have a brunch solution that strikes the perfect balance between simple and extravagant.
Recipes that call for poached eggs, like eggs Benedict, are among the most photogenic but are difficult to prepare for large gatherings because they usually can only be made a couple at a time. This video, produced by Food & Wine Magazine, presents an elegant solution for creating this Instagram-worthy dish with astonishing ease.
The Food & Wine Test Kitchen’s Justin Chapple walks us through the steps of how to poach a dozen eggs at once, dramatically cutting down preparation time. Rather than painstakingly boil each egg individually, he cleverly employs a muffin pan to take care of 12 at once. Chapple simply pours a tablespoon of water into each compartment, cracks the eggs into their individual cups, then places them in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
From there, the possibilities of what to do with those poached eggs are endless. Depending on your brunch menu, you can whip up a batch of classic eggs Benedict, pair the eggs with avocado and smoked salmon, or channel Gwyneth Paltrow and follow her Parmesan asparagus with poached eggs recipe. Whatever you decide to do, poached eggs are an instant upgrade from your standard scramble or sunny-side up.
This video is part of the Food & Wine series “Mad Genius Tips,” in which Chapple divulges his brilliant cooking secrets. The series features his inventive repurposing of common kitchen supplies and easy-to-follow tutorials of seemingly complicated processes. Whether you want to make bacon cinnamon rolls or learn the myriad ways to use dental floss in the kitchen, Chapple has you covered. His tips will have you wowing your friends and family in no time.
As always, we’d love to hear from you, so please share your suggestions for any other poached egg recipes in the comments section. If you try this egg hack, let us know how they turned out!