I got The Pioneer Woman cookbook (The Pioneer Woman Cooks) in the mail on Friday and I highly recommend it. The recipes are authentic country meals and the photos alone are worth the price of the book.
The first recipe I am trying from the book is Egg-in-the-Hole. I can honestly say I’ve never had this before. Plenty of fried eggs and toast in my day but never quite like this. And let me just tell you — I. Loved. It.
In fact, I loved it so much before I even tasted it that when my 10 year-old nephew Jacob walked in the kitchen I showed him the plate that is in the photo and said would you like to have this. And to my utter amazement he said “Sure!”. Then he ate the entire thing. So I had to ask him some questions after he ate it because I was shocked.
Me: Did you like your breakfast?
Jacob: It was good.
Me: Why did you want to try it?
Jacob: I like toast and I like egg.
Me: Did you eat it all?
Jacob: Yep. Well except for a little piece of egg that fell off when I tried to eat the last piece.
Me: Is that one of your new favorite things to eat for breakfast?
This was super easy, so filling and delicious to boot. Both my nephews now request “Egg Toast” quite frequently.
Egg-in-the-Hole (Recipe from The Pioneer Woman)
1 slice Bread
1 heaping tsp Butter (I used Smart Balance)
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Make a hole in the center of the egg using a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass. I like to mix it up and use seasonal cookie cutters.
Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and melt the butter in it. Once the butter is melted, add the piece of bread in the skillet. Crack the egg directly into the center of hole in the bread.
Cook for at least 30 seconds or so before attempting to move the bread or things could get messy. Sprinkle the egg with salt and pepper to taste. After about a minute, flip it over with a spatula and salt and pepper the other side.
Let it cook until the yolk reaches desired consistency – not too runny but not fully cooked. When you cut into the egg, you want the yolk to run out but the egg whites not to be too runny. I also threw the cut out piece of bread in at the same time to soak up some butter and toast it.
Also, why not throw in some ham after you take out the egg and bread and let it wam up. You can place the egg on top of the ham and eat together or eat the ham as a side.
** This is what I ate because as I mentioned Jacob ate the first try. **