Friday, May 18, 2007

Wendling eggs, the recipe

Need just one serving of scrambled eggs for a kid who's going to have a meltdown in about 2 minutes? I've got you covered.

  1. Spray a small microwave-safe container with cooking spray. I've used a coffee mug, a Pyrex casserole dish, and a cereal bowl, all with good results.
  2. Break an egg into the container and use a fork to stir it up, mixing in a little milk or water to thin it down and some salt and pepper to season, if you think the anklebiter would like it.
  3. Microwave on high for about 45 seconds, then use the fork to flip over the cooked egg and break it up a little. You can sprinkle some cheese on top at this point, if you want.
  4. Microwave for another 30-60 seconds, depending on how dry the kid likes his eggs and how powerful your microwave is.

The eggs will be ridiculously hot when they're done, so DO NOT give them to a kid right away. We've had good luck with spreading them out on a separate plate (not the container they were cooked in) and putting them in fridge or freezer for a minute or two. Cleanup of the cooking container should be pretty easy if you sprayed it before use; if you didn't spray it, you may have to soak it for a while to get the cooked egg off.

Credit for this hack goes to our friends the Wendlings, who have used this hack almost every morning for the past six years. Their kids like their eggs, I can tell you that.


Anonymous said...

The microwave CANNOT be used to hard boil an egg.

I know (from experience) that you cannot simply create a hardboiled egg by cooking it in the microwave. The air pocket in the egg will cause the egg to explode. It creates a mess in the microwave.

I next tried hardboiling the egg by placing the egg in a cup of water and then microwaving the combination. This worked very well for the first three hard boiled eggs. On the next egg, the egg exploded with sufficient energy that it cracked the microwave door off of its hinges and sent boiling water across the counter. Nobody was damaged, but the microwave was toast.

Crack the egg before your crack the microwave

Gretchen said...

Um, dude, the directions are for SCRAMBLED eggs, and the first step is to break the egg into the greased container.

I think you need more coffee!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I was not seeking to disparage the scrambled egg recipe. I was just trying to relate another story about cooking eggs in the microwave. Considering that I needed to buy another microwave, I'm trying to milk my story of the hardboiled egg. (And the eggs were very scrambled after they exploded!)

I believe the scrambled egg recipe. We continue to make our poached eggs in the new microwave.