Friday, May 6, 2011

Eggs in a Basket OR Eggs in "Jail"


For Mother's Day, I recalled my memory box and made "eggs in a basket" a simple and easy dish. I started cooking at a young age, my mother was a homemaker which meant she was at the Asian market every day and cooked dinner every night. I helped her for as long as I can remember.

Eggs in a basket is the first dish I made all by myself for my Mom on Mother's Day. The toast was a little burnt from using vegetable oil instead of butter (we never ate butter as kids, it wasn't part of the Chinese pantry) and the egg yolks broke from my clumsy egg-cracking skills. Of course, my mother appreciated the gesture and complimented my dish.

Egg in Basket
Dribble, dribble

I also made it for Oz years ago when he wasn't feeling well and brought it to him for breakfast. He devoured it with ketchup and I swear I give him a few extra smile wrinkles that day.

I bought one of those 101 cookie cutter set from Costco and choose the heart and double heart cookie cutter. I think I will try the spade and diamond shape next time.

Egg in Basket

Cut a hole in the middle of bread with desired shape.

Butter one side of the bread and the cut-out bread piece.

Use a non-stick pan and turn the fire to medium-low.

Crack the egg in a bowl first and pour it into the hole (if you have skills, crack egg directly into the pan.)

Cover the pan with a lid OR use a piece of foil and loosely cover the eggs.

Season with salt and pepper.

Once the bread is golden brown, the "baskets" are done.

Egg in Basket
Nice brown on the egg whites

As a kid, I flipped the toast and cooked it for a minute but I realize covering the egg with a lid will semi-poach the egg. I like the results better because it does not over cook the egg.

There is a restaurant in San Francisco that calls this dish "Eggs in Jail".

Egg in Basket
Nice "poached" texture

Happy Mother's Day!


Lolia S said...

I like to make this dish myself - simple, cute and tasty.


Heavenly Housewife said...

Those look adorable. I bet any mother would be happy to get some of these lovely "toasts" for Mother's Day.
*kisses* HH

foodhoe said...

What a lovely memory, I love that you made this with vegetable oil as a kid... mmm pan fried bread! the cookie cutter shapes are so cute

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