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The absolute egg

In order to be perfect a dish does not have to be complicated. A fried egg, for instance, can become “absolute” in less than three minutes. This is what Paolo Parisi showed us recently during our visit to his farm in Usigliano di Lari, near Pisa.

The most important thing is to have high-quality eggs. Parisi has thousands of Livornese hens: they live outdoors, freely foraging for their food. But Paolo’s eggs are also famous because he adds his goat’s milk to the chickens’ diet. His eggs are quite expensive, but they have an amazingly creamy texture and are used in some of the very best Italian restaurants.

The second secret to make the “absolute egg” is to cook first the egg white and then the yolk, adding plenty of parmigiano while cooking. Another important thing to consider is the temperature of the olive oil: it mustn’t exceed 120°C. Here’s Parisi’s recipe!

  • One egg,
  • 25 g of grated Parmigiano cheese,
  • 50 ml extra virgin olive oil (about 3 tablespoons),
  • Salt and black pepper,
  • Preferably granary bread, cut into strips,
  1. Pour the olive oil in a pan and bring to 100°C (50 seconds over medium heat).
  2. At this point remove the pan from the heat and add the egg white
  3. Before it becomes completely white, add the Parmigiano cheese
    Then add the egg yolk
    Finally grind in the pepper and salt
  4. Put the pan on the heat turning up the temperature to 120°C (30 secs over medium heat)
  5. Serve the egg, still sizzling, directly in the frying pan, accompanied by slices of bread.
About Paolo Parisi

Paolo Parisi is an inventor. After working as a medical equipment sales representative, he decided to become a breeder, farmer and gourmet. Paolo and his family run a farm (also an agriturismo) with hens, goats, cows and Cinta Senese age-old pigs that forage freely outdoors. 

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