I used to have poached egg trauma before watching a guest on Martha Stewart show his method which is essentially this, What is left out here is the simple additional gesture of immediately rolling the egg over itself in the simmering water. This forms it into a ball and the rest is just letting it cook. For immediate service, I use a slotted spoon to remove each egg and blot it on a pad of paper towel. Since learning this hassle free method, poached eggs are a regular part of dinner as well as breakfast plates.
What is your favorite method or use for poached eggs?