When I was home in Iowa Thanksgiving week I went out to eat with my family at Village Inn. For those of you who have never been, it's a pancake and pie chain big in the Midwest and parts of the South. It's the type of place that people go on Sunday morning after church, or Sunday morning after leaving the bar on Saturday night.
I spent four long years of my life waiting tables during high school every Saturday and Sunday. I learned a lot about life during those four years, but the downside is every so often I can still smell blueberry syrup in my skin and I have lost most of the feeling in the tips of my fingers from carrying so many hot plates.
I could go on and on about how much I learned during my years at Village Inn (how to manage stress, timing, customer service, how to upsell), but here's one thing I figured out: there's a lot of ways to cook an egg.
In fact, I can think of 17 ways I know of to cook a simple egg. Now, let's be clear. This doesn't include egg recipes for things like Quiche. I'm talking about all the various ways to serve an egg on its own, plain and simple.
Please help me out by letting me know if you know of any other ways, but here's my list of 17 ways to cook an egg:
2. Sunny side up
3. Over easy
4. Over medium
5. Over hard
6. Well done (also called Fried)
7. Poached soft
8. Poached medium
9. Poached hard
10. Soft boiled
11. Hard boiled
14. Deviled (sort of a cheat for this list)
15. Basted with steam
16. Basted with oil
18. Just in from Dr. Greene (the 100% Organic Man): I love shirred eggs. Yum! Also good drizzled with olive oil instead. Pinch of sea salt.
Omelet and baked frittata style is my favorite. Scrambled comes in second.