Eggs In A Basket {A Meatless Monday Recipe

Eggs In A Basket {A Meatless Monday Recipe

Have you ever heard of “Eggs in a Basket”? Perhaps you call it something else? I had never even heard of eggs in a basket before I met David Spivey. I classify him as the breakfast guru. Mainly because he can always eat, no matter what time of day. I will never forget the first time I had an egg in a basket.  He made us some for supper one night back in our “courting” days. I found out that night that typically an egg in a basket is bread with an egg in the center and then cooked with a little butter. It is commonly prepared by cutting a hole in the center of a piece of bread. The bread is fried in a pan with butter and an egg is cracked into the “basket” cut into the toast.

Why is breakfast for supper comfort food? I ask this because I get great comfort from eating it for supper, but I’m not a breakfast eater. I didn’t grow up eating breakfast before school. I just can’t think about food until 10:00 a.m. no matter what time I get up. Most of the time, just an easy grab and go granola bar suits me fine.

Easter weekend David and I went out of town to visit family. I usually do my meal planning on Sunday morning and then grocery shop for the week. Since we were out of town, meal planning and groceries did not happen. We ended up going to the grocery store on our way home from work on Monday. Needing a quick supper for Meatless Monday, I asked David to make some eggs in a basket with that wonderful brioche bread we had left over from the French Toast.

If you’ve never tried it, here’s a step-by-step so you can try eggs in a basket too:

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

STEP 1 – Cut a hole in the bread. In the middle of the bread, cut a hole with approximately a 2-inch diameter.

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

STEP 2 – Fry the bread. Add butter to the frying pan. While the butter is melting in the pan. Place the bread in the pan.

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

STEP 3 – Add the egg. Crack the egg open and drop the egg into the hole.

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

STEP 4 – Fry the egg. Let the egg cook for an additional minute or two. Then, carefully flip the bread to fry the other side. Make sure the egg whites are fully cooked. The whites should not be runny or jiggly.

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Before you flip the bread and egg, lift the edge of the bread up with a spatula and check to see if the egg has solidified and started to brown before you flip it over.

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

The egg will start to set into the bread when it is done. Season with salt and pepper, and add a slice of cheese, as you cook the other side of the egg.

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

STEP 5 – Serve. Place your eggs in a basket on a plate. You can eat it with a fork or like a piece of toast, but watch out for that runny yolk if you choose to eat it like toast! 🙂

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

NOTES:

Choose any bread you like. White, wheat, sourdough, French bread, rye, etc…

To make a treat for the kids, you can also use fun-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the shape in the middle. Suggest that they use the remaining cut-out piece to dip in the yolk. Press the item into the bread and the hole should be easily removed.

For a romantic breakfast, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the center. 

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese. | TheMountainKitchen.com

These are quick and easy. They were done and we had finished eating before I could even do my “Meatless Monday in progress” post on Instagram!

Eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese.
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Eggs In A Basket

Making eggs in a basket is a quick and easy breakfast, these eggs are fried inside a hole cut into a slice of bread and topped with melted cheese.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Basket, eggs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 179kcal
Author David & Debbie Spivey

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sliced bread
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • cheese slices optional

Instructions

  • In the middle of the bread, cut a hole with approximately a 2-inch diameter.
  • Add butter to the frying pan. While the butter is melting in the pan. Place the bread in the pan.
  • Crack the egg open and drop the egg into the hole.
  • Let the egg cook for an additional minute or two. Then, carefully flip the bread to fry the other side. Make sure the egg whites are fully cooked. The whites should not be runny or jiggly.
  • Before you flip the bread and egg, lift the edge of the bread up with a spatula and check to see if the egg has solidified and started to brown before you flip it over.
  • The egg will start to set into the bread when it is done. Season with salt and pepper, and add a slice of cheese, as you cook the other side of the egg.
  • Place your eggs in a basket on a plate. You can eat it with a fork or like a piece of toast, but watch out for that runny yolk if you choose to eat it like toast!

Notes

Choose any bread you like. White, wheat, sourdough, baguette, rye, etc...
To make a treat for the kids, you can also use fun-shaped cookie cutters to cut out the shape in the middle. Suggest that they use the remaining cut-out piece to dip in the yolk. Press the item into the bread and the hole should be easily removed.
For a romantic breakfast, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the center.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 89mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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