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DharMag July 2014 4th of July recipes and ideas for a perfect day

4th of July Fireworks Long Beach. The fourth of July is the perfect day for some cooking experiments: we will provide you some recipes, menu ideas, cocktail just to make you day unforgettable. But let’s get right to the heart of this Dharmag: we will start with a fresh, super tasty and healthy appetizer.

Chicory with Poached Egg (served 4)


  • 200 g (7 oz) young chicory leaves
  • 4 farm-fresh eggs
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • black pepper
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

How to make a perfect Chicory with Poached Egg recipe

4th of July recipes and ideas for a perfect day. Chicory with Poached Egg recipe Wash the chicory and dry it well, then slice it very finely. Bring water to the boil in a low-sided saucepan of about 6 inches. Add one tablespoon of vinegar and salt, then lower the heat. Stir the water with a wooden spoon until the contents of the pan are moving vigorously in a clockwise direction.

Break one egg on to a plate, then slide it gently into the water and continue stirring in such a way that you don’t touch the egg, but the water swirls over the egg yolk and sets it.

After three minutes, remove the egg with a slotted spoon, and repeat the process with the other eggs.

Remove any foam from the egg whites with a sharp knife. Dress the sliced chicory with salt, one tablespoon of vinegar and the olive oil. Mix it well and divide it between four soup bowls. Place a poached egg in the center of each.

The chicory we use is the bitter Cichorium intybus; the contrast between the cool, bitter salad and the hot eggs makes this simple dish a real treat.

Recipe courtesy of Vicarello Castle
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Address: 58044 Poggi del Sasso, Cinigiano, Grosseto, Italy

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