Minnesota Cooking: Fried Eggs With Horse-Shaped Toast
Using Cookie Cutters Makes Toast More Fun
My three-year-old granddaughter and I were contemplating what would be really yummy for breakfast, and she thought that a fried egg would be good. I thought it would be good to have a fried egg with toast, just in case the yolk was runny, at which point the bread would soak it up and the flavor would be extraordinary.
I had heard of toad in the hole, which amounts to a round hole in a piece of bread, butter in the pan, some heat, seasoned salt, and a raw egg. You crack the egg into the hole in the bread, and when the egg is partially done, you flip the toast and egg over and finish frying the over-easy egg.
Why Stick to a Round Hole?
Last week, we had spent time cutting play-dough with cookie cutters, and I thought, Why not make that round hole a little bit more interesting?
So, we chose between shapes like diamonds, circles, chickens, stars, and (drum roll) the rocking horse cutter. The horse won by a length. I added shredded Cheddar cheese to the second side and placed the cut-out horse on top of the cheese.
- Use the cookie cutter to cut a hole in each piece of toast. Save the cut-outs for later.
- Butter needs to go in a large frying pan on medium heat. When the butter has melted, it's time to place the bread on the butter. Place the cut-out piece on the butter, too.
- Break one egg into each horse shape. Sprinkle some seasoned salt on each egg.
- Wait for the egg to cook. It will turn white.
- Use the spatula and lift up the corner of the bread to see if there is browning. If the butter on the toast shows browning, it is time to flip the entire piece over and cook the other side. Don't forget to flip the cut-out, too.
- I sprinkled a little sharp Cheddar cheese on the top and let it melt.
- I placed the little horse on top of the cheese and served the toast.
Egg White Cooks Solid
Isn't this cool? The egg fills in the hole that the cookie cutter made, and there it is: our little rocking horse shape. Now that the egg has cooked on the bottom, the horse has turned white and looks like a solid horse.