Cast Iron

Moonstruck Eggs in a Basket

November 17, 2012
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I don't like eggs. Never have. But I saw these being made by Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck a million years ago and one day with stale french bread on my hands, I tried it - and it was good. —Canned

What You'll Need
  • 1 half day-old (or more) French bread (long)
  • 1/2 cup marinated red and green peppers, sliced into long strips (I use red and green Hatch chiles canned last August - they have perfect heat. If you don't have that option, include marinated bell peppers and one chile d'arbol pinched into bits)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, slivered
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or bacon fat, if available)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 eggs, double yolks if you can find them
  • Parley, minced (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Run the stale bread quickly under the running kitchen faucet and place in the oven. Set the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. When the oven indicates 250 degrees has been reached, take the bread out and cut 4 slices roughly 2 - 2 1/2" thick each. Scoop a section of the bread out of the middle of each piece so there is about a 1"hole in the middle of each slice.
  3. Heat the olive oil (or bacon fat or mix of both) in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, fennel seed, peppers and cherry tomatoes. Add, salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until cherry tomatoes collapse. Remove to a bowl for serving.
  4. Add butter to the same skillet and decrease heat slightly. Once the butter is foaming, add the slices of french bread cut side down. Carefully crack each egg over the hole in each slice of the french bread so that the yolk runs into the hole. The white of the egg will spill over. No worries. After about 30 seconds to one minute, carefully flip each slice over with a broad spatula. Cook about another 1 to 2 minutes (depending how you like your eggs) and remove to individual plates for serving. Top each serving with tomato/pepper mixture and sprinkle with parsely. Serve. Some bacon wouldn't hurt.
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