My Favorite Fried Egg on Toast

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Author Notes: A fried egg on toast may seem dull, but there are few things as satisfying or sublime as a really good fried egg on toast. It’s a breakfast that needs no innovation to make it great, just a little attention. Here’s how I like to make mine, with a nicely crisped, runny egg and a faint whiff of spice.fiveandspice

Serves 1

  • 1 thick piece of a good rustic country-style bread
  • good quality mayonnaise, to taste
  • 2-3 pinches smoked paprika
  • a generous pat of butter
  • 1 large egg (or 2 if you're hungry)
  1. 1. Toast your bread until it is nicely golden brown and crisped around the edges. Smear on a thin, but still decidedly noticeable, layer of mayonnaise. Sprinkle a couple of pinches of smoked paprika over the toast.
  2. 2. Place a small pan – I much prefer to use a pan that is not non-stick, for example, cast iron – over medium high heat. Add the butter and wait until the butter has melted, foamed up, settled back down and has started to brown. You want the pan to be hot enough that the egg really sizzles when it hits.
  3. 3. When the pan is hot, crack the egg in. Sprinkle the egg with a good bit of salt. Now, turn the heat down to medium-low, cover the pan and let the egg fry. This will help the white to cook through while the yolk stays runny. When it has reach this stage (cooked white, runny yolk) transfer the egg onto your toast. If there is any remaining browned butter in the pan, scrape that on top too. Sprinkle with some freshly ground pepper and eat.

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10 months ago I_Fortuna

This is my favorite too. I make something similar called egg in a nest or toad in a hole. By breaking the egg into the hole in the pan I can control how much or how little to cook the egg. I do toast the bread a little and then finish it up in the pan. My eggs come out with that lovely soft golden center that I scoop out with the cut out hole!

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10 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I love egg in the hole! The best part is the crispy little circle of cut out bread, I think. Sometimes when I make egg in the hole I like to top it with avocado slices or lox...or both!

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10 months ago Helens

That's funny - I've heard of this style of cooking eggs (although have never had it, breakfast tomorrow I think), but I've never heard it called toad in a hole. In England, toad in the hole usually refers to a dish of sausages baked in yorkshire pudding.

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10 months ago I_Fortuna

Yes, that is the original toad in a hole you speak of. In the U.S it appears it was adopted in the vernacular some time after colonization. Thus, people from different parts of the U.S. seem to call it by various names. My grandparents, originally from Ohio in the 1800's adopted the toad in a hole phrase. Others, as I mentioned, call it bird in a nest or egg in a nest. It seems English speaking people like to adopt English names for food they think it applies to. As an example: Take a look at all the Mexican dishes that contain hot peppers or tortillas and are loosely called "Mexican" because they contain these ingredients no matter how they otherwise deviate from authentic or original Mexican recipes. Look how we in the U.S. have changed Chinese food, none of which that is in some restaurants resembles Chinese food in the least. It's a quirk!

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10 months ago Helens

Thanks for the reply, it's very interesting. And I know exactly what you mean about the mexican, bearing in mind that here in the UK 'mexican food' means an Ol El Paso Fajita Kit. Or Nandos. (Much to my chagrin as I try to track down guajillos, new mexicos, or habaneros, tomatillos, etc.) I think my favourite example of food meaning different things in different places was this 'fish and chips' from Duluth: http://i.imgur.com/eVAarLY....

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10 months ago I_Fortuna

LOL What a funny picture! I love it! Of course,in the U.S. we have something that resembles fish n' chips but certainly not the generous proportions I had in London in a little fish shop just across the street from the Barbicon Hotel where I stayed. i was shocked at how huge it was! I sure would love to come back someday. Thanks for your posts! TA!

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10 months ago calendargirl

My fave too, Emily! Try it with a layer of freshly wilted spinach between the mayo and the egg -- yum!

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10 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yum, definitely. I love wilted spinach with eggs.

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10 months ago dymnyno

You have just described my favorite breakfast!

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10 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

It's a dang good breakfast! :)

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10 months ago thetroikatable

So excited for this feature! And for fried eggs on toast.

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10 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks!

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10 months ago clintonhillbilly

Sounds wonderful!

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10 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks!

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10 months ago Droplet

I like to make mine that way too, except I toast my bread in the pan next to the egg on one side only, and when the egg is done, I lift it with a spatula and mop up all of the butter under it with the untoasted side of the bread :)

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10 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

That is brilliant! Must try.