Eggs Over Easy (or Over Hard)

If you like your eggs "over hard", like I do, see the directions below. I think the perfect egg has the yolk cooked through with a dark yellow line through the middle of the yolk. On step 3 below, I cook for 1 minute to get this doneness.

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2 eggs (the fresher the better)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
salt and pepper



Heat a small non-stick skillet over low heat and add butter. As soon as the butter stops foaming, crack the eggs into the pan. Lift the handle about an inch so that the eggs pool in the far corner of the pan. Hold for 30 seconds or until the whites start to set, then lower the handle and give the pan a jiggle just to make sure there's no sticking. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and continue to cook over low heat until the whites become opaque. Jiggle to loosen the eggs, then lift the pan, holding it about a foot above the heat. Now, flip the eggs over by pushing the pan away and snapping upward simultaneously. Once the eggs start their somersault, raise the pan to meet them so that the exposed yolks experience the softest landing possible. The goal of course is to avoid breaking the yolks. If you succeed, count to 10 slowly then flip the eggs again, slide them onto a plate and serve. If the yolks do break, act like you meant them to, fry for another minute and serve. They'll still taste great.

Eggs Over Hard

1. In a nonstick skillet set over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter until bubbling, then gently slide an egg into the skillet.
2. Season the egg with salt and pepper to taste and cook about 2 minutes.
3. When the white is set and opaque, and the yolk is firm but not hard, flip the egg and continue cooking another 1 to 2 minutes or until desired doneness.


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