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

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers. Tricks for achieving a perfect soft-boiled egg!

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers. Tricks for achieving a perfect soft-boiled egg!

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers. Tricks for achieving a perfect soft-boiled egg!

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers. Tricks for achieving a perfect soft-boiled egg!

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers. Tricks for achieving a perfect soft-boiled egg!

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers

Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs and Grilled Cheese Soldiers

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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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