Bacon Braised Greens + How to Make a Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg

It has been quite a bit of time since I have added a new recipe and I am so sorry for that! Honestly, the last couple months have had it's great times and also kind of stressful times. I celebrated my thirtieth birthday, Derryk's birthday, Valentine's Day and my two sister's birthday. I have been wedding planning and oh yeah, I accepted a new full time job. I had a rare quiet Sunday last weekend where I dedicated my free time to recipe development and this is one of the first recipes from that. If you think a yolk that looks this good is hard, you are wrong. It only takes three minutes! 

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I don't know about you but one of my favorite ways to eat eggs is to have them soft boiled or poached. Nothing is better than a runny egg on basically anything. I like it on pizza, chili, veggies, toast, and like here, greens! I tend to like to eat something more on the sweet side for breakfast like protein smoothies, yogurt bowls, and oats but I have been challenging myself to step out of that box and into the savory world. What better way to do that than have a hot breakfast salad with my favorite: soft boiled eggs. 

Though soft-boiled eggs look intimidating. Just looking at the perfect yolk used to make me think, how do I even do that? Well, turns out it is super easy. Especially easy if you have an Instant Pot. One thing that doesn't make it is easy is not paying attention. The key to getting this right is being fast. One the eggs are done steaming or boiling (I will explain both ways) you need to immediately get them to an ice bath. The ice bath will stop the cooking of the eggs and ensure that you do not hard boil them. Perfect timing is also key. Just one extra minute in the Instant Pot can make a hard boiled egg. *Note, I like mine firmly set but with a runny yolk. 

How to Make Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot 

  • Add 1/2 cup of water to your Instant Pot and place your basket inside. 
  • Add your eggs (can probably do up to a dozen).
  • Close the top and seal it. Press "STEAM" on your Instant Pot and add 3 minutes. 
  • Once the Instant Pot says it is done. Immediately release the steam and place the eggs in a ice water bath. Let them sit until fully chilled (about 5-6 minutes). 
  • Remove from the shells carefully. Voila! They are done. 

How to Make Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs on the Stove Top

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and then bring it down to a rapid simmer. 
  • Add your eggs and immediately set a timer for 7 minutes.
  • Remove from water and add to an ice bath. 
  • Let them cool and them remove the shells. Voila! They are done. 
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I recently got a mix of braising greens in my CSA box from Spade and Plow that I used in this recipe. It included dino kale, chard, collards and radicchio. Use greens you like that can withhold some cooking and still maintain a texture you like. I personally love dino kale! I think it has a great taste and texture. Now for the recipe! It is so easy. 

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Ingredients:

-2-3 handfuls of braising greens

-2 slices of applewood smoked bacon (I use Whole Foods brand)

-eggs (soft-boiled) 

-1/2 tsp. salt and pepper

-splash of apple cider vinegar 

Directions:

-Place a non-stick pan on medium heat, add two slices of thick cut bacon cut into small pieces. 

-Let the bacon render down until mostly cooked and somewhat crispy. 

-Add the braising greens. Cook until tender and remove from the heat. 

-Season with salt, pepper, and I love everything but the bagel seasoning. 

-Place 1-2 soft boiled eggs on top and let the yolk run onto the greens. 

Nutrition Facts: Amounts use vary so let's break it down by the food. 

1 cup greens cooked = 25 calories, 5 grams carb (3-4 grams fiber)

1 slice bacon = 100 calories, 8 grams fat, 7 grams protein

1 egg = 60 calories, 7 grams protein, 5 grams fat

Enjoy! 

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