This old-fashioned breakfast goes by lots of names: egg-in-a-basket, egg-in-a-hole, gashouse egg, and bull’s-eye egg, among others. But whatever you call it, it’s a fun and filling way to start your day.
- Drinking glass
- Small bowl
- Small nonstick pan
- Heatproof spatula
- 1 slice whole-wheat or multigrain bread
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Salt and black pepper
- Use the open mouth of the glass to cut a hole out of the center of the slice of bread. Set aside the bread frame and the cutout circle of bread.
- Crack the egg into the bowl gently, being careful not to break the yolk.
- Put the pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When the pan is hot (flick some water on — it should dance and evaporate immediately), add the oil, then lay the bread frame into it carefully.
- Gently pour the egg into the hole, and season the egg with a pinch of salt and pepper. (If you like, you can also fry the cutout circle of bread alongside.)
- Cook the bread frame until it has browned underneath and the egg in the hole has started to set, about 2 minutes, then carefully flip the whole thing. Cook the other side until the egg yolk is as firm as you like it — about 30 seconds to a minute longer. (If you're frying the cutout, flip that too.)
- Eat right away.
Instead of using bread, cook the egg inside a ring of bell pepper made by cutting across the pepper. It will look like a beautiful flower, and give you lots of vitamins too!