Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Egg In A Basket

Have you been looking for some ideas of how to jazz up some of your food presentations when the crowd arrives for breakfast? This is a wonderful way to serve eggs and toast with lots of 'eye appeal'..... 'Egg In A Basket', and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Egg in the basket refers to a chicken's egg fried in a hole in a slice of bread. Known by countless names in various regions, it is a common American comfort food. This dish was famously featured in the 1941 Betty Grable movie Moon Over Miami, earning it the name "moon-over-miami" eggs (although it was referred to in the film as "gas house eggs").
It later made a notable appearance in the 1987 film Moonstruck, and several recipes for the dish have since been named "Moonstruck Eggs".
The dish also appeared in the 2006 V for Vendetta film as "eggy in the basket".
Musician Brian Wilson said in 1965: "I love "egg-in-the-hole". It’s about the only thing I can cook, but it is great. You pinch out the center of a piece of bread, butter it, place it in a frying pan and put a raw egg in the hole. The entire thing cooks together and is very, very tasty." [1]
Musician Rob Crow composed the song "Eggy in a Bready II" in honor of the dish. The song was recorded by Crow's band Heavy Vegetable for their 1994 release The Amazing Undersea Adventures of Aqua Kitty and Friends. The lyrics of the song outline the ingredients and implements necessary for preparing the dish.

On a personal note, you may be wondering what to do with the centers you have cut out of the bread for the holes.....how about making a batch of croutons. Simple as can be to prepare and always excellent with salads. See my next post for a recipe on how to make croutons.

Here is your recipe for Egg In A Basket!

bread (thick)
buttercup/glass (to cut the hole easily)
salt & pepper
sugar (optional)

Make a hole in the bread and fry one side of the bread in butter for a few minutes on medium heat and add a little more butter and crack open the egg and drop the into hole. Salt & pepper to taste. Use lowest heat possible. Using thick slices of bread is helpful so no egg overflow occurs.

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