Recently, I was catching up on some old movies, and I happened to watch V for Vendetta.One of the unusually engrossing scenes in the movie (no idea how it escaped my attention earlier), is when Hugo Weaving (and later on, even Stephen Rea), cook this dish called Eggy in a Basket, for the lead heroine played by Natalie Portman. I call it engrossing, because Hugo cooks it with all the theatrics of a pan flipping chef worth his salt .And bingo, this recipe was immediately on my checklist.
Eggy in a Basket, Egg in a Nest, Egg Basket etc etc…this dish goes by several names. It is a creative re-interpretation of the traditional English breakfast, Egg n’ Toast. It’s one of those dishes that’s full of buttery and eggy goodness …and a strict no-no for the calorie conscious!
With this disclaimer, let me now talk about the dish. I am sure you are wondering how the egg managed to fit so cosily in the center . Well, the secret is that the egg is resting in a hole cut in the center of the bread slice. For this recipe, take any bread slice that’s big enough and firm enough. Cut out a round (or any shape you desire) hole in the center with a sharp cutter. Coat one side with a generous amount of butter and toast it butter-side down on a fry pan. While the bread is on the pan, coat the other side with butter too (I know, that sounds unusual, but if you can coat both sides of the bread with butter while balancing it in your hands, then go for it!). Once the bread is sufficiently browned on one side, flip it, por some oil in the hole, and then break a egg into that hole. Season the egg with salt and pepper. The temperature of the pan should be tuned in such a way that the bread does not get burnt, while the egg cooks. After a minute or so, sprinkle some oil on the egg, and then flip it deftly, so that the egg can cook on it’s sunny side. Remove after 30sec or so and serve it hot.However, if you like your egg runny, then feel free to leave the sunny side uncooked.
Egg in a Nest makes for an ideal, lazy and romantic Sunday breakfast. And though only a single toast, trust me, it’s filling enough. Enjoy this with a hot cup of tea