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Egg in a Boat Recipe

Egg in a Boat

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"Over-easy eggs, and toast all in one! I like to use the hole cut out of the center for dipping into the egg yolk!"

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  1. Butter both sides of bread. Cut a circular hole in the center of the slice of bread, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  2. Heat a frying pan or griddle on medium-high heat. When the frying pan is hot, place the bread into the pan and let it brown for one minute. Flip the toast over and let the other side brown for one minute.
  3. Break the egg into the hole in the bread. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the egg is cooked to the consistency you prefer.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 24, 2006

These are just fun. My suggestions: add the egg just after you flip the bread to toast the second side - also lower the heat and increase the cooking time so your egg cooks more thoroughly and your toast doesn't burn. You can use fun cookie cutter shapes ... hearts for Valentine's Day, stars for the Fourth of July ... and don't discard the cutouts. Instead toast them in the pan and top with your favorite preserves. Photo available on my profile page.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 20, 2012

Almost tasted good, but totally burns. I call it "Egg at Night."

Jun 06, 2008

When I saw this recipe I thought omg this is like the eggy in the basket from V for Vendetta and the recipe looked so simple I had to try it. I just finished eating this and man this was a good breakfast. I used whole wheat bread and I cut out a heart instead of a circle.Next time I makes this I need a bigger boat since the hole I cut was a little to small for my egg. I recomend turning down the heat right before you put you egg in so you don't burn your toast while the egg cooks. Next time I try this I am going to scramble my eggs in a bowl first since I don't like runny yolks as much as scrambled eggs.

Feb 17, 2008

This is one of my standard breakfast dishes! My husband asks for it on all the special occasions he gets breakfast in bed and I make it for his entire family when we go up to the cabin for deer season. Of course, I call it a Bulls-eye Egg, so it's more aptly titled. :) I love this recipe - I put the egg in while the first side is browning because we only like the yolk to be a little runny and can't stand runny whites. Then I add pepper, salt, basil and the smallest pinch of rosemary to the egg before I flip it. Yum!

Dec 12, 2006

we called them "name toast," because my goofy mom had letter shaped cookie cutters, and you could get the toasts in your initials (or your whole name if you were really hungry)! we make tons of shapes, since cooking in my family is time to hang out together and be silly. snakes, dragons, fire hydrants- it's all fun. my boyfriend grew up calling them stained glass windows (huh?). you can make the scrambled eggs pretty easily by whipping the egg in a bowl with milk, salt, pepper, spices (dill) or whatever you like, then pouring it in. alternately, we had them as "french name toast" where you mix a bowl of eggs with vanilla, milk or cream, cinnamon, etc, dip the frame pieces and the cut outs in the mixture, and griddle-fry them like french toast, with the center full of either the sweet french toast egg, plain fried egg, or scrambled with savory spice egg. my brother used to eat them with mayo on top- not as bad as you would think, but really, i can't recommend it.

Jan 02, 2007

The pan has to be hot or the egg will creep out from under the bread -- it will still taste fine, but the presentation just won't be the same. I used to love this one as a kid. We called it a One Eyed Egyptian, but I still don't know why. It's a good, easy to make classic, a great item for a young cook's recipe collection.

Feb 26, 2008

I love these. I call em eggs in a basket. Eat them all the time. Sometimes I put cheese on them.

May 19, 2011

We called them Gas House Eggs when I was growing up. I still make them. Only thing different, is that I do TURN IT OVER - carefully - after I let the egg cook on the underside, in the hole, a bit. Also, if you don't want to flip it, you can put a lid on the pan while the egg is cooking.


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  • Calories
  • 189 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 201 mg
  • 67%
  • Fat
  • 11.6 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 8.3 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 281 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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