Head to any fancy brunch and you'll probably see poached eggs on the menu. They're essential to Eggs Benedict, delicious over home fries, and a lot easier to make than you probably think. Follow these steps from the Test Kitchen and you'll perfect the perfect poached egg.
Step 1. Bring a saucepan, filled about halfway with water, to a boil.
Step 2. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Step 3. Next, add approximately 1 teaspoon of white vinegar.
Step 4.Turn the burner down to low and stir with the handle of a wooden spoon.
Step 5. Drop and egg into the vortex. Set a timer for 4 minutes.
Step 6. A little bit of the thinner part of the egg whites will float to the top.
Step 7. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon after 4 minutes.