Sous-vide may seem intimidating at first – it did for me. I had a very vague understanding of it until my husband’s aunt – who is a reliable source when it comes to cooking appliances – told us about it. She has tested and continues to try all the major brands and types of appliances and visiting her garage is on my bucket list. I imagine it as some kind of exhibit of Williams-Sonoma History.
So, out of all the cooking instruments that she has tried, she said that Sous-vide is her favorite. Naturally, we were thrilled to get one for Christmas. Since then, we’ve used it a lot, but these Eggs with Salami and Raclette are something I’ve made more than anything else. I usually pick anything over eggs for breakfast, but these decadent, amazing little jars are simply addictive. They are so light, creamy, and flavorful – I can’t ever get enough of them. And – I mean it, I almost always choose anything but eggs for breakfast. Unless it’s these.
A little bit about Sous-vide:
Sous-vide (this is the one we have) is a cooking technique in which water is heated to a certain temperature and held at that temperature until you’re food reaches desired “doneness”. It’s controlled by an app on your phone and it takes all the guesswork out of it for you. The food is placed in the water sealed in a bag (steaks, burgers, chicken, salmon, etc.) or in a jar (eggs, pot de creme, etc.) and your phone lets you know when it’s done.
The Joule app has a fantastic recipe for egg cups that served as an inspiration for these. I’ve made it so many times I’ve started to experiment with it and this is my favorite version. I highly recommend reading their article in case you have any questions on using the sous-vide. Both their app and website are very helpful.
MUST READ NOTES AFTER RECIPE FOR SAFETY TIPS!
Sous-vide Eggs with Salami and Raclette
- Hand mixer or blender
- 6 4 oz mason jars with lids
- 5 eggs
- 1 C heavy cream
- 1/5 tsp salt
- 2 oz grated Raclette cheese
- 2 oz cubed salami (1/4 in)
- In a medium bowl, mix the eggs with heavy cream and salt, using a hand mixer.
- Open all the jars and divide the cubes of salami between them.
- Pour the egg mixture over the salami, stopping about 1/3 inch from the top.
- Divide the cheese between the jars, making sure it’s completely inside the jar. There cannot be any food pieces floating in a sous-vide container because it will ruin it. To be sure, I usually wipe the jars with a towel after sealing them.
- Close the jars carefully to what is called “finger-tip closed position”. See notes for more details. Closing jars too tightly can cause them to explode but not closing them enough can cause a leak.
- Place your jars along with the sous-vide circulator in your container. Make sure to have something underneath your container to protect your countertops as this is a very high temperature recipe (for sous-vide). Be careful not to drop jars into the water as that may damage them and later cause broken or exploded jars.
- Cover and start pre-heating the sous-vide to 185 F (85 C). Once heated, cook for 25 minutes.
- Using rubberized tongues or a jar lifter, carefully lift the jars one by one and let them cool a little bit, before placing them in the fridge.
- If not eating right away, use a salad knife to run it around the inside of the jar and the flip upside down on to the plate to release. Microwave for 30 seconds and enjoy!