On to the eggs. Poach as many as you are going to crumb, and click here for my favorite way to do that. Then dip the poach eggs in beaten egg and some fresh soft breadcrumbs. Obviously very carefully as you don’t want the poached egg to break. But if you are gentle it will all be fine – I use a little slotted spoon to move the eggs around.
Now melt a generous amount of butter in a large frying pan and oh so gently fry the crumbed eggs just until they are golden – a minute or two on each side. Slide them onto a warm plate, nestle some ruffled ham beside them, and oh my my. I hereby apologize for making your poached egg just a little more complicated than it was before…but these are just plain heaven. It’s like getting a mouthful of poached egg and buttered toast all in one bite, but ten times better than any buttered toast and egg you have ever eaten in your life. And you’re worth it!
- 8 very thin slices of deli ham
- 4 poached eggs
- 2 raw eggs, beaten to blend
- ½ stick butter
- 2 cups fresh soft bread crumbs (whirl 2-3 slices of fresh bread in your food processor)
- Preheat oven to 350. Crumple two slices of ham into a loose ball and put them in a small round ramekin or custard dish. Repeat with the remaining slices until you have 4 dishes full. Place the dishes on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Place raw eggs in a shallow bowl, and crumbs in another shallow bowl.
- Have a piece of wax paper or parchment ready. Using a slotted spoon, gently coat each poached egg in raw egg and then bread crumbs, patting the bread crumbs very gently into place. Place each crumbed egg on the wax paper as you finish.
- Heat butter in large skillet over medium low heat until melted. Gently transfer eggs to skillet and brown in each side until lightly golden. Remove and serve at once on warmed plates with ruffled ham on the side.
Adapted just a little from THE BREAKFAST BOOK