RECIPE IDEA: Coddle Yourself with Elegant Coddled Eggs
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Don here, telling you about a brilliant way to make eggs—Elegant Coddled Eggs. They look and taste divine. And they are simple to make. (Almost as simple as Soft Boiled Eggs.)
Many years ago, my in laws used to make Coddled Eggs when my first wife and I came to visit. They were delicious and always made us feel cared for. I don’t know whatever happened to the egg coddlers.
Elegant Coddled Eggs Are Beautiful
My second wife, Lois, had never eaten them (or even heard of them) until we visited a friend in Williamsburg a few years ago. After she tried them, she decided we needed egg coddlers. I was happy to get these beauties for Christmas that year.
Lois purchased ours from Replacements.com because they offered the old-fashioned kind with designs. Amazon offers this simple one (picture links to affiliate link). Isn’t it nifty?
So back to my story…
As I said, Lois had never had Coddled Eggs until a few years ago when we visited our friend, Mary Jane, in Williamsburg. MJ made us scrumptious Coddled Eggs, and we just had to duplicate them. She explained how she made them, and I gave it a try. They turned out perfectly.
Mary Jane’s mom and dad learned about Coddled Eggs when they lived in Great Britain for awhile. To remove the coddlers from the water, MJ used lab tongs she inherited from her mother, a chemist/chemistry teacher. The lab tongs worked great. Just in case you don’t know what lab tongs look like, here’s a picture (affiliate link):
I use regular kitchen tongs to get the egg coddlers out of the pot of water. You will, of course, need egg coddlers to make Elegant Coddled Eggs. Ours are big enough to fit two eggs each, but coddlers come in different sizes.
One Important Tip
Mary Jane says to remind you that the most important thing about making Elegant Coddled Eggs is to thoroughly butter the inside of the coddler. Otherwise it will be a devil to clean! Thankfully, MJ told us that so we haven’t messed up yet.
Use any toppings you like, including a different kind of cheese or herb. I make them a bit differently each time. Sometimes I use a little Canadian bacon, chopped fresh chives, and cheddar cheese. Elegant Coddled Eggs are simply delicious!