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Smoked eggs

Smoked eggs

This sophisticated, smoky flavoured starter consists of an egg yolk, heated in a bain-marie and a smoked cream mousse with a scattering of chives, served with a buttered-toast "soldier".

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Last modified on: March 15th 2015

For 4 eggs, you will need:

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15 min.12 hours15 min.12 hours 30 min.
Preservation: Should be eaten immediately once plated up.
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1 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #1

Prepare the smoked mousse

The day before serving, dice 50 g Morteau sausage fairly small.

Take the eggs out of the fridge, if that is where you keep them.
5 min.
2 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #2Put the diced sausage into a saucepan with 100 ml liquid cream, salt lightly and bring to the boil.

As soon as it boils, cover and leave to infuse overnight.
12 hours
3 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #3Next day, pour the cream into a cream whipper through a fine strainer.

You can keep the diced sausage for another dish.
2 min.
4 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #4Lightly pepper the cream and insert a gas canister into the cream whipper.

Shake the whipper vigorously and put to wait in the fridge.
3 min.
5 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #5

Heat the egg yolks

Put each egg yolk into an individual verrine (the small plastic "glasses" for aperitif snacks are ideal) or something of similar size.
3 min.
6 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #6Bring a pan of water to the boil, take off the heat and lower in the glasses with the egg yolks. Ideally, they should float to heat the yolks through gently.

If you have an electronic thermometer, the ideal temperature for the yolks is 140°F (60°C). If not, leave for 7 minutes. You can also watch the small amount of egg white left around the yolk. When it turns opaque, the yolk will have reached the right temperature.

This is important because the yolk must not cook; it should stay liquid, not turn hard.
7 min.
7 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #7

Prepare the toast fingers

While the egg yolks are heating through, remove the crusts from 2 slices bread, butter on both sides (preferably with lightly salted butter) and either fry, grill or cook in the oven until browned.
3 min.
8 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #8When browned, cut into fingers (or "soldiers") with a serrated knife and leave in the pan off the heat to keep hot. 2 min.
9 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #9

Assemble the smoked eggs

Take the glasses out of the water and dry with a tea towel.

Sprinkle a pinch of chopped chives onto the egg yolk.
1 min.
10 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #10Squirt the smoked cream on top and garnish with more chives. 2 min.
11 Smoked eggs : Photo of step #11Finish with a finger of toast.

Serve immediately with the spare toast fingers on a small plate.
2 min.


If you don't have Morteau sausage, you can use another smoked variety, or even smoked bacon at a push.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
5030138 gr865 gr113 gr
252 %53 %82 %17 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
139738 gr240 gr31 gr
70 %15 %23 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 eggs : 1.54 €
Per eggs : 0.39 €

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