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TV Dinners: V For Vendetta - Egg In A Basket

When my mom rented the movie V for Vendetta, she was pleasantly surprised by a scene that brought her back to her childhood. She paused the television and turned to me excitedly and said, "My mom used to make me those everyday for breakfast when I was a little girl!"

If you've seen the movie you know what I'm talking about. V makes Evey an "egg in a basket" for breakfast using real butter and later in the film, the scene mimics itself when Gordon makes Evey the same thing. An egg in a basket is a fried egg cooked inside a piece of toast. I had never seen this tasty little breakfast treat and my mother informed me that she and my grandmother, Nan, referred to it as an "egg in a nest."

The next morning I awoke to find my mom, who doesn't cook, in the kitchen over the stove! "I'm making us eggs in a nest for breakfast!" she told me enthusiastically. An egg in a nest (or whatever you want to call it) is a simply divine breakfast, the crisp, buttery toast and the runny, gooey yolk are a combination that rivals peanut butter and jelly. I was hooked after a single bite and now my mom makes me one every Saturday morning. To make V's egg in a basket,

Egg In A Basket (Nest)
From Martha Stewart

2 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, or butter
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

  1. Cut a 2-inch circle from the center of each bread slice; toast circles and serve along side egg in a basket.
  2. Set slices aside.
  3. Brush 1 tablespoon oil or butter in a medium skillet, and heat over medium heat until hot but not smoking.
  4. Lay bread slices in skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Crack an egg into the hole of each bread slice, and sprinkle each with 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  6. Cook until bottom of eggs are set and golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  7. Flip; cook 2 minutes more for soft-cooked eggs, or 3 minutes more for slightly firmer.

Serves 2

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