French country cooking at it’s finest, Poached Eggs in Red Wine Sauce, or as it’s know in it’s native tongue “Oeufs en Meurette”. From the humble villages of Burgundy, farm fresh eggs poached in a rich red wine sauce served with crisp lardons, sauteed mushrooms and garlicy croutons.
Red Wine Sauce:
1 bottle (decent) red wine
2 cups beef (or veal) stock
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bouquet garni (2 sprigs of thyme, a bay leaf, 5 or 6 parsley stems,
10 – 12 whole black peppercorns)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
salt & pepper to taste
Eggs & Garniture:
8 fresh eggs
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 pound salt pork
3 cups mushrooms, quartered (optional)
2 cups pearl onions, peeled, whole (optional)
2 tablespoons butter
8 slices of baguette, cut thick
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, peeled whole
1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped
- Melt butter in a medium sauce pan and start by sweating your onions for about 3 minutes over medium heat. Add carrot and celery and a touch of seasoning and cook until just tender. Add wine, stock, garlic and bouquet garni, then bring the whole works to a vigorous boil for about 3 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until base sauce is reduced by about half, 30 – 35 minutes. Then pass your stock through a chinose or sieve, pressing lightly on the solid remains of your vegetables to extract all the liquid.
- While your sauce reduces, make a short roux. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of flour and cook, stirring constantly as paste forms, about 3 to 5 minutes. (You will know when your flour is cooked when the roux starts to smell like cookies.) Whisk the warm roux, a spoonful at a time, into the beef and wine brew until it thickens enough to coat the back of your spoon. Then remove from heat and reserve.
- As things are cooking, poach your salt pork. Cut your salt pork into strips; about 1/3 of an inch (1 centimeter) thick, then add the pork to in a small saucepan cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until pork is tender and cooked, and all impurities are removed, about 5 minutes. Remove salt pork from water, cool & dry then cut in to lardon strips, about 1/3 of an inch (1 centimeter) wide and 1 inch (3 centimeters) long.
- Meanwhile, cook the garnish in a large shallow pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan, add the mushrooms, and sauté until tender. Remove mushrooms, then add lardons with the remaining butter and fry until golden. Lift out the lardons and drain on paper towel. Add the pearl onions and the last of the butter and sauté gently, over medium low heat, until brown and tender, shifting the pan often so they color evenly, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain off remaining fat, add mushrooms and lardons back to your onions. Take your now thickened sauce and pour it over the garnish. Bring the sauce to a low boil, scarping any brown bits off the bottom of the pan and taste, before adjusting seasoning as needed and reserving at low heat.
- To poach the eggs: Bring a pot of water, with a splash of white vinegar to a boil. Break four eggs, one by one, into small individual bowls. Stir the boiling water vigorously with a whisk and slip in eggs, quickly, one at a time, as the bubbles spin the eggs. Lower your heat and poach the eggs for about 3 minutes until the yolks are firm enough to lift but still soft to the touch. Lift out the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Poach the remaining eggs in the same way. Trim off any stringy edges and set eggs aside.
- Make the croutons, heat butter in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Toast the croutons in the butter until golden brown on both sides, 2 – 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan on to waiting plate, lined with paper towel. Cut the bottom off the garlic clove and rub the garlic generously on the warm, butter drenched, crisp bread and reserve until needed.
- To serve, reheat your eggs by simmering them in the sauce, on a very low temperature, for 2 – 3 minutes until just warmed through. If necessary, reheat croutons. Warm your serving bowls (or plates) prior to serving, place two croutons on the bottom of your serving dish, then place eggs on top of the croutons and finish with sauce, lardons, onions and mushrooms. Finally, dip one end of the remaining croutons in a bit of the sauce then into the parsley and place artfully to adorn dish. Sprinkle with a touch for parsley for that oh, so French touch.
Pro Tip from the French Chef in my life, Benoit Gelinotte: If needed, you can make your sauce, cook the garnish and poach your eggs the day prior and store cold. Store soft poached eggs in a bowl of water in your refrigerator, reserve sauce and garnish separately and chill. Croutons can stand a full day to be warmed the next, for an almost instant meal.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 Minutes
- Category: Mains
- Cuisine: French
Keywords: Poached Eggs In Red Wine Sauce, Oeufs en Meurette