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One-Eyed Egyptians (a.k.a., eggie in a basket)

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This morning I made a breakfast dish from my childhood that I haven’t had in quite a while.  My parents used to make these for us when we were kids, and they are called “One-Eyed Egyptians”.  I’m not sure where the name came from originally, but I assume it has to do with the fact that most depictions of ancient Egyptians are in profile, showing only one eye, like the one-eyed Jack from a deck of cards.  I’m sure that this connection was made a long time ago, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  (Nerd trivia:  V makes Edie these when she wakes up in his home for the first time in “V for Vendetta”.  She calls them Eggie in a Basket, which I assume is the British dystopian future name for them.)

These are ridiculously simple to make, and are delicious.  I’m sure everyone has their own variation, but the short description, in SNL parlance is:

Step 1: Cut a hole in some bread

Step 2: Put your egg in that bread

Step 3: Have her open that egg

OK, enough of that.  The real steps are to heat up a pan (medium) and grease it (Pam, butter, whatever you like).  Meanwhile, butter both sides of a piece of bread and use a juice glass (or cookie cutter, or anything that will cut a hole in your bread that leaves at least 1/2 inch walls on either side) to cut a hole in the bread.  It should look something like this:

Put the bread, and the little circular piece of bread, into the pan.  Cook for 30 seconds or so until the butter has started melting, and then crack the egg into hole.  Cook for an additional minute or two until the egg is solid enough to flip.  Flip the bread and egg and cook to your liking (another 30 seconds to a minute for a nice soft center).  Serve with the toast disc for dipping into the yolk, and salt and freshly ground pepper.  And breakfast is served!

Written by Drew

January 16th, 2010 at 9:35 am

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