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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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ScreenScreams ScreenScreams 6 years
This looks good. Now I want to try it. It was interesting seeing all the different names people have for this dish. And now I also want to see the movie LOL
Jennywoo Jennywoo 10 years
Funny how everyone has a different name. My mom subscribed to the toad in a hole version.
daisymae051479 daisymae051479 10 years
ashleyk4214 - Some tips on how to not break your eggs when frying them. Use a good non-stick skillet that hasn't rubbed off of coating. Try reducing the heat. They take longer to cook, but a lot of times just doing that helps. Lower heat is mandatory if you are using an iron skillet or one that the non-stick coating has rubbed off. Use a good spatula - one that is kinda "slick". Sometimes the problem is just that the underside of the egg sticks to the spatula. When it's time to flip, slide the spatula under the egg in one quick motion. And don't use too large of a spatula so it's not workable with your pan size. I don't know how to tell you what kind either - I swear by my small, metal spatula when frying eggs, but my mom swears by her big, plastic one - go figure! Other options instead of flipping: As soon as you break the egg into the skillet, cover the skillet with its lid. The top should cook, but the egg definitely won't be as "fried" as normal. The following way uses more oil, so I'm sure it's majorly unhealthy, but this is how I had to first learn to fry eggs - Put more oil than usual in the pan. As soon as you crack your egg into the skillet, start flipping the hot oil in the pan onto the top of the egg. BE CAREFUL TO NOT BURN YOURSELF - FLIP AWAY FROM YOU - GREASE BURNS ARE HIDEOUS TO HEAL. That way you are frying both sides at once. Both sides should be done at about the same time. Hope something helped you. Good luck! Truly Outrageous, Daisy Mae
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I used to do this when I was around 10 years old with my sister's Barbie cookbook! Firstly we'd cut the edges off a piece of 1-inch think bread so it becomes a circle - then we cookie-cut a circle out from the middle. Then we would soft-boil an egg and cooked one side of the bread on a hot frying pan coated with butter. Flip the bread over and break the egg into the centre and the egg would stay there even when we took it out of the pan. Then we cut bread into strips - breadsticks! And we cooked the breadfingers in butter and arranged everything into a sun on the plate! FUN.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
I do the lazy version and just put a fried egg on top of a slice of plain toast. :drool:
Laur0406 Laur0406 10 years
I have such good memories of egg in a basket. When I was younger, every Saturday, my sister and I would go to the mall with my grandparents, and then to their house for lunch, and my grandmother would always make this for me using challah (egg bread). It was always soooo delicious! I made it this morning, but instead of whole wheat, I used rye bread, and it was equally as delish. Mmmmmmmmmm...but it will never be as good as when my bubby made it.
esmy-J esmy-J 10 years
I make those all the time.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
Its funny to see how many different names this classic breakfast goes by, when my mom made it we called it 'eggs in a boat' and now im craving some myself!
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I used to eat this when I was a kid, but I forgot about it. I made it for my kids this morning, and they loved it! The best part is dipping the little toast circle into the yolk. Yummy!
boredatwork boredatwork 10 years
I've had or seen this until I saw the movie. One of my first comments was " do you think they cut a hole in the bread?" :) Now I know! and this is sooo getting made this weekend.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
In the UK they're called Toad in a Hole. :D
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
My mom made these every Saturday morning (and yes, she did call it Toad in the Hole!) We just got V for Vendetta in the mail from Netflix. Can't wait to watch!
kixstr8up kixstr8up 10 years
it is also sometimes called a toad in the hole
BrunetteSugar BrunetteSugar 10 years
I am from MD and my Mom use to make these eggs for my sister and I all the time. We call them "cowboy eggs" though. You have to toast a piece of bread and butter it on each side. Then you cut a hole in the middle and put it on a hot frying pan and crack an egg in the middle so the yoke is in the hole. I like it the way my Mom always did... the unhealthy but yummy way with REAL butter and white bread! Anytime I have one, I think of Saturday mornings watching Pee Wee Herman with my sister! Hehe!
foxy21 foxy21 10 years
OMG! My mom used to make these for me all the time when i was little (oh memories) but she always called them an "Egg in the Barn." You can bet me and my boyfriend will be having these for breakfast Sunday Morning!
ashleycakes ashleycakes 10 years
These are really good and easy to make, plus it helps with flipping the egg since the bread is harder. I'm always breaking the yolk on eggs when I'm frying them and try to flip them! _________________________ Yeah!!!
jobey jobey 10 years
that's so funny some of you guys have yet to try this... when i was a kid my mom used to make it for me but we called it a barney google. i have no idea why but i always thought that's what everyone else did.
meggnog meggnog 10 years
My boyfriend has been making this for a while... and recently started making them for me. Ohhh goodness, they're delicious!! When he saw that in one of his favorite movies, he was very excited :)
katiesugar katiesugar 10 years
can't wait to try this!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
wow, i used to do this, but haven't for a while. tastes best when the yolk's all runny!
partymedic partymedic 10 years
Sounds like a delicious meal, and the movie was fantastic too.
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