Alex and I found a vendor at our local farmers market selling goose eggs! I’ve had chicken eggs, quail eggs and duck eggs…but never goose eggs (still want to find ostrich eggs someday!) I had these two babies sitting in the refrigerator for a few days before I decided I wanted to poach them. I love eggs with a runny yolk, just as long as the white is perfectly cooked. Poaching an egg can seem a little overwhelming when you’ve never done it before, but it’s very easy with a few easy tips.
Poaching an egg…
Get yourself a large pot and fill it with boiling water from the kettle. Bring it to a light simmer over a medium heat, add a pinch of sea salt and a tablespoon of white vinegar (these 2 will help your eggs not fall apart-and don’t worry, your eggs won’t taste like vinegar).
Crack one of your eggs into a cup and gently pour it into the water in one fluid movement. Repeat with the rest of the eggs. You’ll see them begin to cook immediately – don’t worry if the edges look a little scruffy. Depending on your pan, a really soft poached egg should take around 2 minutes and a soft to firm one will need 4 minutes (for the goose eggs it took me about 6 minutes for a soft poach). To check whether they’re done, remove one carefully from the pan with a slotted spoon and give it a gentle push with a teaspoon. If it feels too soft (use your instincts), put it back and give the eggs a minute or two more in the water to firm up.
When they’re ready, remove them to some kitchen paper to dry off and a sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette
5 slices bacon, chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Swerve Sweetener
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate
- Add the shallots to the skillet and saute until tender. Stir in the mustard, vinegar and honey and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
To assemble salad…
- 2-3 handfuls of organic mixed greens
- 8 oz. package of fresh goat cheese
- handful of my favorite blistered tomatoes
- 2 poached goose eggs (or 4 chicken eggs)
- 1 recipe of Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette from above
- Place a nice handful of mixed greens on each plate.
- Sprinkle cooked bacon, tomatoes and goat cheese on top.
- Drizzle dressing on salad.
- Top with poached eggs.