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½ tbsp bacon fat, or groundnut, grapeseed or olive oil
A perfectly fried egg is a glory to behold – crispy edges and a wobbly, pinkish yolk. How do you like your eggs? When considering a recipe for fried eggs, this is the pertinent question. It's very personal, but my own method can be adjusted to suit most tastes. It will provide a fried egg with a slightly crispy, frilly edge; the white will be set and the yolk soft and runny. If you prefer not to have the crispy edge, use a medium to low heat from the beginning and, if you like your egg more cooked, give it a little longer. Always use as spanking fresh an egg as you possibly can.
Place a small frying pan, a Delia Online/Silverwood Little Gem Frying Pan (heavy gauge aluminium) or similar with a base measurement of 17cm, over a medium heat, with ½ tablespoon of fat left from frying bacon (or groundnut, grapeseed or olive oil) in it. As soon as it is hot (with a very faint shimmer on the surface), carefully break in the egg. Then turn the heat down to low and carry on cooking, tilting the pan and basting the eggs with the hot fat so that the tops of the eggs can be lightly cooked, too. After about 1 minute, the egg will be ready, so remove the pan from the heat and then lift it out with a slotted kitchen slice. Let it rest on some kitchen paper for a couple of seconds before putting it on a warmed plate and eat as soon as possible. If you would like to fry your eggs in butter, then you need to use a gentler heat and give them a bit longer, so the butter doesn't brown too much.
This recipe was first published in August 2013.