irish fried eggs
My Irishman loves his eggs for breakfast in all their forms but when he’s cooking for himself, fried eggs are always the winner.
Avocado is one of his favourite egg accompaniments when he is having a break from bacon or black pudding. Hot milky Irish breakfast tea is the ultimate beverage.
1/2 an avocado
1. Heat a small fry pan on a medium high heat.
2. Add a few tablespoons oil and break the eggs into the pan.
3. Cook on a medium high heat for about 2 minutes or until the whites are brown on the edges and no longer runny or ‘snotty’ in the middle.
4. Chop avocado into quarters and remove skins.
5. Serve eggs and avocado with lashings of salt and black pepper.
Fried eggs don’t reheat well. Best to make fresh and eat hot.
Eggs will keep in the fridge for a week or so. Reheat gently in a pan over a medium heat or eat them cold. They won’t be as good as when freshly cooked.
variations for fun
carnivore – fry a few rashers of bacon in the pan before cooking the eggs in the bacon fat. Avocado becomes optional.
vegan / egg-free – serve the avocado with a large field mushroom that has been pan fried on a high heat until tender.
ultimate irish – slice some black and/or white pudding and pan fry in a little butter. Keep warm while you fry the eggs in the same pan. Avocado optional.
chilli eggs – sprinkle eggs with a few pinches of dried chilli flakes after you break them into the pan. And give the avocado a squeeze of lime juice.
problem solving guide
too bland? remember to be generous with the salt & pepper. And maybe next time look at using better quality eggs.
eggs burning – the trick with cooking eggs ‘sunny side up’ is to get the bottoms lightly browned (but not too dark) and getting the whites cooked through. Spooning a little hot cooking oil over the whites can help speed up the process. And make sure you aren’t using too high a heat.
eggs rubbery – when egg whites are over cooked the protein goes rubbery. Next tine use a more gentle heat and be ready to stop cooking as soon as the whites are just ‘set’.
yolks too runny – if you prefer your yolks cooked all the way through, best to go for eggs ‘over-easy’ and flip the eggs after about 2 minutes and cook on the second side for about 30 seconds or until the white is just set.
Don’t forget a big mug of hot strong Irish breakfast tea. We love Barry’s tea.
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