Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers

Is there anything better than a runny, perfectly soft-boiled egg? These are paired with fun (perfect for dipping!) grilled cheese soldiers.

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers

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Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 slices of whole-grain bread
  • sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • butter
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions:

Soft-Boiled Eggs:

  1.  Fill a small saucepan with cold water and bring to a boil.  Turn down to a low simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, use a thumb tack, push pin, or needle to poke a small hole in the broad end of each egg.
  3. Using a spoon, lower the eggs into the water--it should be simmering gently.
  4. Set a time and cook the eggs for 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs from the water immediately and rinse under very cold water briefly.
  5. You can either choose to peel them--or as I prefer, trim the top of the egg (by tapping with the edge of a spoon or knife) and serve the eggs in the shell with a side of grilled cheese soldiers (see below).  Season with salt and pepper.

Grilled Cheese Soldiers:

  1. Prepare as you would a grilled cheese: smear the outside of each slice of butter with butter and fill the inside with grated, sharp cheddar cheese.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat.  Carefully transfer sandwich to pan--and brown on each side until golden and cheese is melted and gooey.
  3. Cut into 1" wide rectangles (or soldiers).  Serve with the soft-boiled eggs.
If you prefer a more runny white, try cooking the eggs for closer to 4 minutes (or slightly under). These instructions will yield a mostly set white and very runny yolk, which is my preference. If you prefer a slightly thicker yolk (and very set white), try a 5-minutes egg.
Method adapted from How to Cook Everything

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