Perfect Poached Eggs With Cheddar-Chive Grits And Crispy Ham

Perfect Poached Eggs With Cheddar-Chive Grits And Crispy Ham
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Don’t be intimidated by poached eggs. This recipe shows you how to perfect poach them and has creative and flavorful sides that will be a total hit at your next brunch. 
  • 4 organic or free-range farmed (if possible) chicken eggs
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup stone ground grits
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 pound grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chives, sliced thin
  • oil for frying
  • 8 paper-thin slices of jamon serrano
  • chervil
  • green herb oil
  1. Cut four square pieces of plastic wrap, approximately 5-6 square inches in size. Carefully break each egg into 4 ramekins or small bowls, and then pour the eggs one by one onto each square of the plastic wrap. Drizzle each square with a tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Gather the edges of the plastic and tie tightly into a bundle, making certain it is waterproof and airtight. Repeat with the rest of the eggs. Place each bundle in simmering water for approximately 2 minutes for soft poached egg.
  2. Bring 4 cups of water, butter and salt to a boil, stir in the grits and bring back to a boil, immediately reduce heat to a simmer. Cook the grits for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the milk and cook until nice and soft, about another 20-25 minutes. Stir in the cheese, chives and season to taste. Remove from the heat and cover for a few minutes before serving.
  3. For the jamón: Heat the oil to 350F in a medium saucepot. Fry the jamón Serrano until it stops bubbling. Remove and pat dry on paper towels.
  4. To Plate: Serve some of the grits in 4 bowls; top with the poached eggs and