Do you know what an egg in a basket is? It's when you heat up a pan and grill a piece of buttered bread, then cut a circle out of the middle (with a shot glass or something) and then crack an egg into it! You give it a few minutes on each side, depending on how you like your eggs, and voila: heaven. Basically, it's a piece of bread with a built-in egg.
I love poached eggs, so I love this because the egg comes out like a poached egg when you fry it this way. This image reminds me that I must make myself an Egg in a Basket (it has been a while), and it inspires me to make one with a heart-shaped cutout! I'll check out the dollar store for a heart shaped cookie cutter, otherwise I'll just freehand it with a knife... ;)
Anyway, when I saw this image it prompted the idea for this post: this is a great breakfast for those who are on the go, it can be made fast - and let's face it, V-Day is on a Tuesday so wop-wop! This breakfast has a sweet homemade charm, but with a heart-shaped cutout - it makes a cute message of love to start off the day, on Valentine's Day or any day.
Hey, I may have won my man's heart with many things well before food, but believe me when I tell you that food is certainly one of them, and it evokes profuse professions of love and adoration! Hahaha, yes, he loves my cooking, and he especially loves an egg in a basket, or four! Hehe... He had never had one until I made it for him, and he immediately fell in love. He's mine for life, moohahahaha!
You can make this breakfast with any egg or bread or butter, but if you decide to make this, there are a few details I'd recommend for making an Egg in a Basket one unforgettable culinary experience:
1. Go to the grocery store and buy a loaf of English Muffin Bread in your bakery section - trust me, do it.
2. Use real butter, please.
3. Make it in a Teflon pan, set to medium heat, or maybe less depending on your stove top. In other words, pretend like you're making a grilled cheese.
4. Slice that loaf of English Muffin bread pretty thick, an inch if you'd like, and butter that baby - lay it on thick (both sides).
5. Grill both sides of the bread a bit before cutting out the circle in the center.
6. Use a shot glass, small cup/child's cup, small round sauce bowl/cup, or in this case a heart shaped object/cookie-cutter if you'd like. Use your chosen object to twist out a circle in the center of the bread (if necessary, using a butter knife to avoid ripping the bread) and then put both pieces (the bread and bread circle - mass anyone? hehe) back into the pan with the small circle off to the side.
7. Crack the egg into the center, sprinkle with salt and freshly cracked pepper, cook on either side according to how well done you like your egg.
8. Serve with the small cutout piece of toast as a garnishment, don't throw it out, that little piece is delicious - especially when you toast it to a golden crisp!
9. Enjoy, and try to resist making yourself "just one more" until the whole loaf of bread and/or case of eggs mysteriously vanishes! ;)
Whether you make this for yourself, your sweetheart, or your whole family, I can almost guarantee that it'll be a hit! Unless you don't like eggs... or bread... or butter. In that case, ummmmm... wow. Hahaha, just kidding. Enjoy!