Author Notes: May be you call it a different name: Eggs in a pocket, One-eyed jack, Baby in the hole, Bird in a nest, Egyptian eggs, just to list a few. The classic breakfast version has an egg fried within a crispy ring of bread. To make it more sumptuous and filling, I roasted a bunch of beautiful vegetables with olive, salt and pepper and placed them around the ring & then crack an egg. Also how well the eggs must be cooked is a personal choice. Some like over easy, sunnyside up or completely cooked through. No matter how you make it, this will remain a favorite breakfast option passed on for many generations to come. :-) —Siri Pulipaka
piece bread (any kind)
tablespoons butter or oil
tablespoons roasted vegetables (recipe below)
- Wash and pat dry any kind of firm vegetables. I had one of each - zucchini, red & yellow bell peppers, onions, tomatoes (no juice), green chilli and coriander on hand. Cut them into long, equal sized strips. Preheat oven to 190 C or 375 F.
- In a large mixing bowl, place veggies and drizzle generously with olive oil. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Arrange them on evenly on a baking sheet and roast them for 30-40 minutes, until crisp and tender. Cool and store in an air tight container if not using immediately. Refrigerate for a longer shelf life.
- Using a small, sharp jar top, cut a hole out of the center of the slice of bread. Heat a bit of butter in a skillet and pan roast the bread with its cutout on one side. Turn it over and place a layer of roasted vegetable around the hole. Melt a small nugget of butter inside the hole and crack an egg in the middle. Cook over low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes or more depending on how well you want the egg to be cooked.
- If you want to cook it through, carefully flip it over and cook for 2 minutes. To use up the left over veggies, the next day for dinner I topped this with one more piece of bread and made it into a sandwich. Two of these with a glass of fruit juice we were stuffed. Yum!