Full disclosure- Violet wasn’t even here during the making of this dish as Grandmas are freakin’ wonderful and she had a V day sleepover. She did arrive home during the “enjoy” step however and snag some bacon (for what I am told is her FOURTH breakfast haha – she just might be a hobbit.)
I, like everyone else on the internet apparently, first wanted to make this dish after seeing it prepared on V for Vendetta, a great film.
The marvel of V being able to make the eggies is that he was able to score real butter during a time of strict rations. I’ve seen a few very,very wrong recipes for this dish out there, but even the most misguided seems to grasp the base principal; this dish is all about the butter.
There are only three things you need (in addition to a pan and spatula, come now don’t be so literal), good bread, good eggs and any kind of butter you can get your hands on. Here’s hoping you aren’t living in a dictatorship like V was and it isn’t too much trouble to get that last ingredient.
My husband says this was one of the best breakfasts he ever had, so get crackin’ and make your loved one a Valentine’s dish to remember (that doesn’t even come close to breaking the bank).
Eggies in a Basket
Turn frying pan to medium and melt 1 tablespoon of butter per piece of bread.
Tear a hole in centre of each slice.
Once butter is melted, place bread in pan for a few seconds then flip, ensuring both sides have sucked up some buttery goodness.
Crack an egg into a wee bowl and carefully pour into centre of each slice (or crack directly in bread hole if you are a pro).
Once the whites have started to firm up a little and turn white (this only takes a minute or two), get a spatula out but before you flip, get another tablespoon of butter ready and throw it in and melt a bit beside the bread, then flip bread and let it soak up all that melted butter.
Many recipes say to wait a few minutes at this point but that will result in over cooked eggs. If you want some runny yoke, remove from the pan as soon as both sides of bread are nicely browned and crisp.
Serve immediately, with a mimosa because they are awesome.