|Egyptian One-Eyes (photo by Scott D. Feldstein)|
Egyptian One-Eyes have been a weekend breakfast tradition in my family as long as I can remember. They're usually made on Daddy breakfast day because they are simple yet fun. In researching this post, I found that they are called, among many other names*, "egg in the basket," which is more politically correct but a lot less fun. Without further ado, the recipe for Egyptian One-Eyes:
- 1 egg
- 1 slice of bread
- Cut a round hole through the center of the bread. (I usually use the lid from a spice container).
- Butter both sides of the bread and both sides of the "hole."
- Put the buttered bread and hole in a buttered frying pan on medium heat.
- Crack the egg into the hole in the bread.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Turn the bread-egg combination over when the egg white in the hole has turned from clear to white. (Don't forget to turn over the hole too!)
- When egg is cooked, remove the One-Eye and hole from the frying pan.
- Serve and enjoy!
(Low cholesterol version: Leave out the egg, butter, salt, and pepper. Just cut a hole in a piece of bread and eat it. Toasting is optional.)
Other names for the Egyptian One-Eye are "egg in a basket," "egg in a blanket," "egg in a window," "egg in a frame," "egg in a bed," "toad in the hole," "Rocky Mountain toast," square egg," Popeye" or a "one-eyed Egyptian sandwich," "spit in the eye," "Tiger's eye,"camel's eye," "midnight sun," "peekaboo eggs,"and "one-eyed jacks." These names and more are in the Wikipedia article, "Fried Egg."