This Dish From An ’80s Romantic Comedy Is Just The Ticket To A Fun Friday Dinner

Also known as “egg in a hole”, which I think is less appealing, it’s basically two pieces of bread with circles cut in the center of each slice, fried on each side, with a egg cracked into each hole (cooked just long enough for the yolk to still wobble) and topped with ribbons of red pepper. We had already had dinner but after seeing the movie I could have made room for a plate of fried bread and eggs.

I know for some, eggs are a controversial choice for dinner; I tend to think that when they’re exactly what you crave, they make for a great Friday night meal. This dish may look more like breakfast, but you’ll honestly find you want a glass of red wine with it. It’s good comfort food – hearty and messy, a perfect TV dinner to help you shake off the week. It’s also quite a soothing dish to cook – it’s ready fairly quickly, but requires you to stay with the pan as it cooks, watching to see when the bread takes on the right shade of golden brown, making sure to remove it heat at just the right time so the yolks turn out the way you like them.

You can use fresh peppers if you prefer and sauté them until soft – I like the briny flavor of a pot pepper. I also made a crispy crumb from the cut out bread circles, and added basil, capers and garlic strips. Get out a big frying pan, buy some good bread and fry yourself Moonstruck eggs.

Serves

2

Ingredients

  • 4 large slices of white bread (a leaven would be good if it is not super holey)
  • Olive oil, plenty, for frying
  • 2 large slices jarred roasted red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • A handful of coarsely torn basil
  • 4 eggs

Method

Start by preparing the bread. Use a cookie cutter or a small glass or cup to cut out a circle in the center of each slice of bread. You want a decent sized circle. My loaf was about 9cm wide so I cut about 6cm circles.

Pinch the cut circles into crumbs (or blitz in a food processor).

Heat a skillet over medium heat with plenty of oil. You need a good centimeter of oil in the bottom of the pan. Fry crumbs until golden brown (about 4 minutes). Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon onto a plate lined with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt.

Return the saucepan to low heat. Pat the peppers dry with a paper towel to remove any excess water. Then add the pepper and capers to the pan. Cook for about four minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add more oil to the pan, heat over medium heat and start frying your bread. Depending on the size of your pan, you will either need to do this in batches or get two pans on the go.

Fry the bread for two minutes or until golden brown, then flip it over and cook for another minute. Crack an egg into each hole. Cook for two minutes. Then place a lid on the pan and cook for another two minutes, or until the whites are cooked. Sprinkle the eggs with salt and breadcrumbs, sprinkle the mixture with pepper and a few basil leaves and serve immediately.


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