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Egg in a basket for breakfast

I first discovered this dish and recipe while watching the film V for Vendetta (2005), an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name which tells the adventures of V, an anarchist revolutionary fighting a fascist state . V is wearing the iconic Guy Fawkes mask which has become a symbol for protesters for the hacktivist group Anonymous. Anyhow, in the movie, V prepares a breakfast for Natalie Portman, an "Egg in a basket" and here is how it's done.

A golden butter toast with a fried in the middle
Egg in a basket

Serving: 1 person

Preparation time: 5 minutes


  • 1 large slice of bread (toast)

  • 1 egg (it can come straight out from the fridge, no problem)

  • 2 generous knobs of butter (or olive oil, although I recommend to use butter)

  • 1 pinch of salt, black pepper

Step 1 - Prepare your toast

  1. Lay your slice of bread on a flat surface

  2. With the help of a wine glass or metal cylinder, remove a circle full of bread in the center of your slice. I personally use a wine glass which has thinner edges.

A slice of bread (toast) with a hole in the middle
Getting your toast ready to fit the egg

Step 2 - Cooking the egg in a basket

In a hot pan:

  1. Add your knob of butter, it must be sizzling, not melting gently.

  2. Place your slice of bread in the pan and let it fry by itself for 40 seconds to a minute. The goal here is to get a golden color on that side of your slice of bread.

  3. It is now time to add your egg in the center of the toast and let it cook for approximately 30 seconds. You now have one side cooking for already 1 minute and 30 seconds.

  4. Time to flip your toast! Add a new generous knob of butter in the pan, flip your toast and let the other side cook for a minute.

  5. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper.

The toast must be golden crispy when ready. Do not hesitate to keep the toast cooking a little longer if you do not like your egg yolk to be too runny.

toast with a hole in the center and an egg in it in a frying pan with sizzling butter to make an egg in basket
1st step of cooking your egg in a basket is almost ready, we are about to flip the toast to cook the other side

Step 3 - Plating your egg in a basket

I recommend to serve it with the first side that you cooked facing upwards (facing you). You can eat it your egg in a basket as is or put a little ketchup on the side or even hot sauce, there are no rules.

This is a delicious savory breakfast that takes only a few minutes to prepare, it also works well for brunch or anytime of the day as a snack.

Enjoy! Bon appétit!

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