Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Eggs Over Medium

Sunny side up, scrambled, boiled, over hard, over soft, how do you like your eggs? Attention all breakfast cooks in diners, IHOPS, Waffle Houses, Denny's and other greasy spoons. Living half of my life on the road means that I eat out way more than I would like. One of my favorite eating out meals is breakfast except for the fact that they can never get my eggs right. And these are guys who cook for a living!!

You see, I like an egg where the yolk is still soft but not runny. More of a gelatinous state than anything else. I never know how to ask for it. I usually ask for my eggs "over medium". Then I offer a quick explanation so there won't be any confusion. So the egg that's in this top picture is not quite right. It could have used almost a minute more depending on the temperature of the grill.

Now the hard boiled egg in the second picture is a thing of beauty. That's how the over medium yolk should look. Maybe I'm wrong about what I'm ordering. Perhaps I should be ordering "over almost-hard"? Any restaurant workers out there want to give a guy a hand? All I want is to get the kind of egg I like!!

GL

8 comments:

kathryn 11/19/2008 5:02 PM  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fried_egg

hmm. . don't know how to make links work in this little comment box. Anyway, check that out, Glenn!

Emily Lynn 11/19/2008 9:31 PM  

I have the same problem, so more often than not I just order them scrambled.

But my favorite way to eat them is poached with the yolk cooked all the way. I don't like runny yolks.

Kiwifruit 11/20/2008 11:04 AM  

Oh my. I can't even think of anything more to say, I'm too busy shaking my head. Ohhh my.
I like 'em WAY over-hard. Dead. Never-coming-back. That's the only way to eat any egg.
My dad, however, prefers them 'waved over a flame and cracked onto the plate' (or so we tease him).
~Kiwifruit

Anonymous,  11/21/2008 6:53 AM  

Glen, I agree. I want my egg "just the other side of runny". If its still runny, I'm not eating it. I would prefer it not be over cooked. My mother in law does a good job of making them right. I tend to just bust my yolk and not worry about it! Have a great day!

Jessica Lewis 11/22/2008 10:22 PM  

hey! the new blog look is GREAT !

Anonymous,  1/06/2009 9:07 AM  

Hmmm... I came upon this while trying to find tips on how to cook over medium!
As a member of a touring band, i always had the same trouble you have... HOWEVER the eggs in your first pic are actually what i am hoping for (and never get) when i order over medium.
You have to have something to poke yr bread in!

paulmartindc 4/02/2009 7:57 PM  

I always thought that eggs over medium should be a jelly like consistency, but my wife disagrees, and thinks they should be runny at that designation. I don't know!

AnnieOkie424 6/20/2009 2:56 PM  

I like to ask for Over Medium Well, this way, they should know you do not want it runny or hard!

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