About the music: During sophomore year of college, my roommate at the time introduced me to his favorite genre of music aside from rhythmic Baboon wailing–Blissed-out Downtempo Electronic. Songs in this genre really take you away to your happy place, much the same way that this dish transports your taste buds to the italian countryside. I thought it was a fitting match. Plus, this is going to be one of your sleeper dishes that you bust out to surprise people with your culinary mastery, and these tracks fit that quiet yet confident swagger.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Small handful fresh basil
1+ slices good Italian bread
Handful cherry tomatoes
5 oz mozzarella
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Sometimes you just need a go-to dish, something that is quick, yet God damn delicious. The kind of dish where you say to your friend, “I’m just gonna make a quick snack before we go out,” and 10 minutes later you come back with dish in hand and your friend soils himself in jealousy. Or at least something close to that. This is that dish.
Step 1, poach your egg like a god damn champion of egg poaching. Take about a square foot of plastic wrap and lay it flat on the counter. Next, brush one side with your oil/butter of choice (think truffle oil, or simply melted butter). Add a sprinkle of desired seasonings. We were making a caprese so we did butter, salt and pepper, and some chopped basil. Now take your plastic wrap and push the center down into a small cup or bowl (you will see why). Now take an egg and crack it into your cup which is now filled with your plastic wrap. take the four corners of the plastic wrap and lift them up, so you have a bag ‘o egg. Now tie it closed with some kitchen twine with as little air inside as possible. Plop it in some boiling water for 3.5 minutes and you have yourself a perfectly poached egg formed in a ball infused with all of your favorite flavors.
While the water is heating for your egg, heat your sliced tomatoes and garlic in some olive oil until soft, about 8 minutes.
While that is happening, you can also slice and toast your bread, slice the mozzarella and prep your basil, not that the basil needs much prepping, or any prepping at all for that matter.
Once the egg has poached and the tomatoes are soft, you can assemble your treat. put a layer of tomatoes on the bread, followed by the mozzarella. Now stick you egg on top and put the basil atop that. Your treat is complete. Break the egg, let it wash over your delicious concoction and enjoy
Photo credit: Kitchen Trial and Error