Sounds crazy right? Fear not, it’s remarkably simple and insanely delicious. In just 4 days you can transform an egg yolk into an umami-heavy delight with the characteristics and texture of Parmesan cheese.
The story starts as always with the freshest, highest quality ingredients you can afford. I normally use medium-size local organic free-range eggs.
Decide how many eggs you’d like to cure and select a dish or tupperware container large enough to house them comfortably without them touching each other. You’ll then need enough salt and sugar to bury them completely.
Separate your eggs and either freeze your whites (albumen) for later use, or make some meringues, omelettes or something useful.
Make yourself a curing mix by combining equal quantities of salt and sugar. You may want to add in some other flavourings to jazz it up a bit: peppercorns, seaweed, mace, chilli flakes, cloves – whatever takes your fancy.
Put at least a 1cm of the mix in the bottom of your container, use the back of a spoon to make a little indentation for each yolk to sit in, place them in and then cover them all up with the rest of your curing mix.
Pop the lid on or cover your dish with cling film before putting them to bed in your fridge for 4 days.
Carefully remove the yolks and then rinse off any excess cure that sticking to them.
Next you’ll need to dry them out completely by placing them on a wire rack in a very low oven (50°C) for an hour or two.
Your cured yolks will live happily in a container in the fridge for up to a month.
How to use them? Just finely grate them in the same way that you would use Parmesan cheese on pasta, asparagus, whatever you’d like. I just love it over buttered sourdough toast.