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Poached Eggs With Corn, Chorizo, Basil, and Brioche Croutons

Poached Eggs With Corn, Chorizo, Basil, and Brioche Croutons

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Notes: For best results, poach eggs using our Sous-Vide Poached Eggs technique or our Easy Foolproof Poached Eggs technique. Poached eggs can be stored covered in cold water in a sealed container in the refrigerator for several days. To reheat, slip them into a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes before serving. Spanish chorizo can be found in most specialty grocers or ordered online.

About the author: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is the Chief Creative Officer of Serious Eats where he likes to explore the science of home cooking in his weekly column The Food Lab. You can follow him at @thefoodlab on Twitter, or at The Food Lab on Facebook.

Poached Eggs With Corn, Chorizo, Basil, and Brioche Croutons

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Yield:Serves 4
This recipe appears in: Poached Eggs With Corn, Chorizo, Basil, and Brioche Croutons

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Spanish-style chorizo, cut into 1/2- to 1/4-inch cubes (see note above)
  • 1 slice brioche, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper[
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut off of ears (about 3 cups kernels)
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced, greens and whites reserved separately
  • 1/2 cup homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
  • 4 poached eggs (see note above)
  • Crunchy sea salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    Heat chorizo in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat, tossing and stirring occasionally until crisp and fat has rendered. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon, leaving fat in skillet.

  2. 2

    Add brioche cubes to skillet and increase heat to medium high. Season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing and stirring occasionally, until well toasted on all sides, about 4 minutes. Bread will stick to skillet at first and be difficult to toss or stir, but will loosen up as it absorbs fat and cooks. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  3. 3

    Add oil to now-empty skillet and heat over high heat until lightly smoking. Add corn and toss to coat with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook, tossing occasionally, until corn is charred in spots, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, all of scallion whites, and half of scallion greens. Cook, stirring constantly, until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add stock and butter and cook, stirring, until emulsified and saucy, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Return chorizo to skillet and stir to combine. Stir in basil, reserving some small leaves for garnish.

  4. 4

    Divide 3/4 of the corn mixture between four small warm bowls or cups, leaving a small well on one side for the eggs. Add poached eggs to each cup. Spoon remaining corn mixture over and around eggs, making sure that the liquid gets divided evenly. Divide croutons evenly between each cup. Sprinkle with remaining scallion greens and basil leaves. Sprinkle egg with coarse sea salt. Serve immediately.

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