Eggs meurette


Eggs meurette
Eggs meurette or "œufs à la bourguignonne" is a great classic of French cooking, and of Burgundy in particular.

It consists of poached eggs on a bed of fondue onions and bacon, served on a slice of fried bread. This is topped with a tasty reduced red wine sauce.
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Last modified on: March 29th 2020

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30 min.41 min.1 hour 11 min.
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Keeping:

Several days in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.

Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 25 min.
Eggs meurette : Photo of step #1
Pour 750 ml red wine into a pan on medium heat. Salt and add 1 teaspoon caster sugar (to reduce the bitterness after cooking).

The ideal wine for this is a red Burgundy made from Pinot Noir grapes, but do experiment with other red wines rich in tannin, Syrah/Shiraz for example.

Bring to the boil and leave to reduce gently.

Stage 2 - 20 min.
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Prepare 8 Poached eggs.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
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In a pan on lively fire pour 1 tablespoon olive oil and when hot, add 200 g small pieces of smoked bacon and make fry.

Then mix then with 200 g Onion fondue in a bowl, leaving the fat in the pan.

Stage 4 - 6 min.
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Remove the crust from 4 slices bread. reheat the frying pan and fry the bread in the bacon fat until they are golden brown.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
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When the wine has reduced by 4/5, mix 1 teaspoon cornflour and 2 tablespoons water in a cup.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
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Then pour this mixture into the reduced wine and beat vigourously while still heating to thicken the sauce.

Check seasoning.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Arrange on the plates: put a slice of fried bread on each one and spread with a layer of onions and bacon. Place two poached eggs on top and cover with wine sauce.

Garnish with a few chives and serve immediately.

Remarks

As is usual with these emblematic recipes, I keep my distance; this is not "the" recipe for eggs meurette, just one among many, my own version. What's more, I reckon there must be as many versions as cooks in Burgundy...

In this recipe, everything can be prepared in advance, even the day before. But it's wiser to fry the bread and thicken the wine sauce at the last minute.

The great chef Bernard Loiseau used a carrot purée rather than cornflour to thicken the sauce.

In a restaurant near Meursault I tasted a version with chopped mushrooms added to the onions, which was an excellent idea.

You can also enhance the flavour of the sauce by adding a bouquet garni to the pan as it comes to the boil, or 1 or 2 cloves of garlic.

And to drink?

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,261 Kcal or 9,466 Kj56 gr154 gr169 gr
113 %22 %15 %26 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
125 Kcal or 523 Kj3 gr9 gr9 gr
6 %1 %1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
565 Kcal or 2,366 Kj14 gr39 gr42 gr
28 %5 %4 %6 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home made.

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This recipe uses (among others)
Red wineRed wine: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Coq au vin, Two-stage beef chuck , Boeuf (beef) bourguignon, Aperitif rolls, Rabbit civet, ... All
Onion fondueOnion fondue: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Rosemary steamed fish, Boulangère potatoes, Stuffed Mushrooms, Montlebon toast, Loaf for "les filles'", ... All
Small pieces of smoked baconSmall pieces of smoked bacon: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Salad paysanne, Montbenoit's canapés, Comtois surprise bread, Endives "bonne femme", Rabbit civet "à la normande", ... All
Poached eggsPoached eggs: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Fried bread with leek and poached egg , Eggs Benedict , Tartine du pêcheur , Polenta with spinach and soft-poached egg, Eggs Arsène, ... All

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