How To: Make Eggs in a Basket

Before watching V for Vendetta, I’ve never heard of, let alone seen what an Egg in a Basket was.  I was intrigued instantly and had to learn how to make it!  After all, Natalie Portman devoured the comfort food like it was the best meal she’s ever had in her life.

Egg in a Basket is simply an egg that is fried in a bread slice that has had a hole cut out for the bread.  Let your kids help you cookie-cut the center of the bread and drop the egg in.  Try using fun shapes like hearts and stars – just make sure that it’s a small cookie cutter and does not cut out too much of the slice of bread.  Any time your kids help in the preparation of food, they’ll be sure to eat it!

Things You’ll Need:

  • Frying pan or skillet
  • Spatula
  • Cookie cutters – try fun shapes

Ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Sliced bread
  • Salt, pepper, maple syrup – optional

Steps:

  1. Use cookie cutter to cut a hole in the middle of the sliced bread.
  2. Butter both sides of the bread before adding to skillet which is over medium heat.
  3. Put buttered bread into the skillet.
  4. After on side of the bread is nice and brown, flip it over with the spatula.
  5. Crack the egg into the hole and check to see if bread is toasted, if so, flip it over to cook the other side of the egg for a few seconds.
  6. When the egg is cooked to your preference, plate it and sprinkle some salt and pepper over it.

Just a few tips:

  • When you decide to crack the egg into the bread is really personal preference.  It depends on how you like your eggs to be cooked.  Some people prefer to add the egg into the hole as soon as the bread is in the pan.  If you add the egg sooner, it will have a softer, chewier texture.  You can also break the yolk after it’s in the “basket”.  This will cause the flavor of the egg to be more absorbed into the bread.
  • You can add the piece of bread that was cut out back onto the top of the egg if you like.
  • Try sprinkling some grated cheese onto the egg.
  • Adding maple syrup will add a “french toast” touch to your creation.

Your kids will love being involved in the cooking process.  Bon appetit!

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