First of all, it’s December. How the heck did that happen? The good news is that makes it acceptable for me to start prancing around to Christmas music and drink all the Peppermint Mochas I want. It’s also allowed to snow now. You hear me, Mother Nature? I’m giving you permission.
Some time ago, I overheard someone ask someone else if they wanted “eggs in a basket”. Mind you, I was living in Vermont at the time, so a question like that isn’t all that weird.
The friend replied, “Sure, I’ll take two!”
Two? That’s not much of a basket. That’s more like a pocketful.
“Can you make them real light?”
Well, you’re only asking for two, so that’s a pretty light basket.
“And add a little salt and pepper, please!”
…you want her to put pepper and salt shakers in your basket with only two eggs? Vermont is so weird.
It wasn’t until she came out with a plate of food that I realized she wasn’t actually talking about a basket of eggs with spices in it. It was a breakfast dish that (now that I know what it is) goes by about a thousand different names: Eggs in a Basket, Egg in a Frame, Eggs in a Bucket, Eggs in a Nest, Eggs in a Hole, Eggs in a Window, Hen in a Nest, Chicken Egg Nest, Moon Egg, One Eyed Monster Breakfast, Bullseye Eggs, Cowboy Toast, Pirate Toast, and Toad in the Hole (not to be confused with the British sausage dish). I’m sure there’s even more, but frankly I’m tired from typing all of those names.
The truth is, it’s a pretty good idea: toast with a hole cut out to put an egg in the middle. When I make my eggs with runny yolks, I always need bread to soak it up anyway, so this is just cutting out the middle man (pun completely intended).
It seems that most people just use the top of a round glass to cut the circle out of the bread, but I like to make it more interesting than that. I would use cookie cutters if I had any, but I don’t… so… I don’t. Instead, I just use a paring knife to slice a cute little heart out of the middle – but you could do any shape you want. If you’re good enough with a knife, cut out a dinosaur for all I care. And if you do cut out a dinosaur, please take a picture and send it to me because I will applaud you and we should probably be friends if we’re not already. A heart makes this a cute and easy breakfast for someone you love!
Heart-Shaped “Eggs in a Basket”
1 tablespoon butter
2 pieces of bread (any kind you’d like)
1) Melt butter in a frying pan.
2) Cut a heart-shaped hole in the middle of each slice of bread using a paring knife. Set cutouts aside – you can either throw these away, eat them right that second, or throw them on the skillet and brown them later and use them as little “lids” for your baskets for yolk dipping.
3) Add bread to pan and heat on medium until bread is a light brown. Flip and brown other side.
4) If needed, add a little more butter to hole in the bread and then crack an egg in the middle. If you want, you can add a little salt and pepper to the egg at this time.
5) Fry egg inside the bread for a couple minutes. Now spray the top of the bread/egg with cooking spray and then flip and fry other side another minute or two.
*Now would be the time to add your heart-shaped cutouts to the pan and brown each side lightly. Serve for dipping in your yolks!
6) Serve immediately and enjoy the smile on the lucky recipient’s face!