Genius Balsamic Fried Eggs

April 22, 2013
Author Notes

These eggs are a signature dish at the wonderful Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco, where we make sure to eat during every visit. (In fact, we usually try to book our flight so that we can make it to Foreign Cinema for brunch right after our arrival! It is just that welcoming [and delicious] a place!) I have never seen Gayle and John's recipe written down; my recipe is a guess, but it sure makes me happy. I seem to be a tart/acid addict; lemon juice, vinegars, citrus, wine, tamarind paste, mango powder, yoghurt- I just gotta have it! Warning: once you have these eggs, you may never want to eat plain eggs again!
p.s. this is funny. I googled to make sure I had correctly spelled gayle's name, and what did I come up with but this video of them making these eggs! but they make them differently than I, so, take your pick of techniques ! —LeBec Fin

  • Serves 1
  • unsalted butter
  • 2 large or extra large eggs
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
In This Recipe
  1. Melt butter in medium hot non stick skillet. Crack and add each egg to the skillet. For 'over easy' or 'over medium', turn over eggs when opaque and firmed up enough to flip without breaking. Pour/drizzle balsamic vinegar around the egg edges and over the eggs. It should sizzle and steam immediately. Cover immediately and turn off heat. Check eggs after a minute or so to assure their level of doneness. Serve with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

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