By Joe Lewis

The thought of poaching an egg sends many an accomplished home cook running for the nearest brunch buffet. But silicon egg poachers make easy work of this elegant and versatile option for cooking eggs. Serve poached eggs over toast at breakfast or atop a salad or bowl of soup for an easy dinner.

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Poached eggs on salad make a simple but suprisingly elegant supper.

Step 1

Bring several inches of water to a boil in a pot.

Step 2

Grease the inside of the silicone egg poacher lightly with butter.

Step 3

Crack an egg and slide it into the bowl of the poacher.

Step 4

Float the silicone egg poacher on the surface of the boiling water.

Step 5

Cover the pot and let it cook for six minutes or until it reaches your desired doneness.

Step 6

Remove the silicone egg poacher from the boiling water with a large slotted spoon.

Step 7

Release the poached egg by running a small spoon around the edge of the poacher.