December 8, 2010

Daddy Breakfast: Egyptian One-Eyes

Egyptian One-Eyes (photo by Scott D. Feldstein)
I recently posted on facebook that R and I had made Egyptian One-Eyes for breakfast. Some people asked what they were or how to make them, so I thought I'd share here.

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
  • butter
  • salt
  • pepper

  1. Cut a round hole through the center of the bread. (I usually use the lid from a spice container).
  2. Butter both sides of the bread and both sides of the "hole."
  3. Put the buttered bread and hole in a buttered frying pan on medium heat.
  4. Crack the egg into the hole in the bread.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. 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!)
  7. When egg is cooked, remove the One-Eye and hole from the frying pan.
  8. 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."

1 comment:

  1. Classic, we see to have this on weekends as kids, it was called Tigers Eye in our house. Just made it now for Saturday breakfast for the family after reading your post. Thanks for the nostalgic reminder.