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how to poach an egg in olive oil...
25 Mar 2013

Oh Joy + Heirloom LA | Chicken Mole Pizza

While shooting with Matt from Heirloom LA for this post, he said, "Hey, do you know how to poach an egg in olive oil? It's so good. It's like a fried egg with a poached yolk in the middle." My response? "Um, no, I don't know how, but yes, please teach me! He did, so now I am sharing this simple and amazing little tip with you...

You'll need:
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste

Oh Joy + Heirloom LA | How to Poach an Egg in Olive Oil

Oh Joy + Heirloom LA | How to Poach an Egg in Olive Oil

Oh Joy + Heirloom LA | How to Poach an Egg in Olive Oil

Here's how: 
1. In a small nonstick sauté pan, bring oil to a simmer over medium heat. As soon as you see the oil wrinkle in the pan, the egg is ready to be added.

2. Crack the egg into a small bowl so that it can be easily transferred into the pan of oil. Pour the egg out of the bowl and into the bath of olive oil.

3. Keeping the temperature at medium heat, slowly baste the egg with the olive oil (using a spoon) to help cook the egg white thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Run a spoon or spatula around the edges of the egg to make sure it's not sticking to the pan. Then remove the egg from oil when it's cooked to your desired doneness and serve immediately. I like my yolk to be a little runny, but you can keep yours in the pan longer if you like a more solid yolk.

5. Slide that lovely egg onto a plate with some toast for breakfast or onto a flatbread for lunch. We put ours on top of a chicken mole pizza that Matt made.

Oh Joy + Heirloom LA | How to Poach an Egg in Olive Oil

And as a special bonus recipe, if you want to know how to make those pizzas... 

Chicken Mole Pizza Recipe
Makes 4 individually sized pizzas

You'll need:
- 4 pita bread or flatbreads of your choice (or you can use pre-made pizza dough divided into four pieces)
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 green peppers, sliced and sauteed until tender
- 1 red onion, sliced and sauteed until tender
- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
- 1-1/2 cups of tomato sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 3.5 oz. bar dark chocolate, chopped
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste

Oh Joy + Heirloom LA | How to Poach an Egg in Olive Oil

Here's how: 
1. To make the sauce: In a medium sauce pot, sauté garlic in olive oil until tender. Add cilantro and stir until wilted. Add tomato sauce and bring to simmer. Remove pot from heat and whisk in chopped chocolate. Set aside.

2. To make the pizzas, align pitas or dough on lined baking sheets. Top each one evenly with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken, peppers and onions.

3. Bake in pre-heated oven at 400 degrees until golden brown (or use the temperature provided on the package of your pre-bought dough), about 15-18 minutes.

4. Top with a poached egg and enjoy!

Oh Joy + Heirloom LA | Chicken Mole Pizza

Putting an egg on top of a pizza is seriously one of my favorite savory indulgences...yum! Thanks to Matt and Tara at Heirloom LA for sharing these fancy tricks and tips!

{Photos by Bonnie Tsang. Recipes by Heirloom LA.}

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