Minnesota Cooking: Fried Egg - How About a Horse in a Hole?
Rocking Horse Got Me
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 a hole, which amounts to a 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.
I added shredded cheddar cheese to the second side and placed the cut out on top of the cheese.
The Hole Shape
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 choose between shapes like diamonds, circles, chickens, stars, and [drum roll] the rocking horse cutter. The horse won by a length.
The Boring Bread Shape
Boring Bread? Nayyyyyyy!
Butter in Pan on Medium Heat
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.
Egg in Hole
Break one egg into each horse shape. Sprinkle some seasoned salt on each egg.
Fry the Cut Out Pieces Too
Yes. I almost forgot about the piece I cut out, but then, I placed them on the butter next to 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.
Lift Up the Corner of the Bread
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 the Horse
Yes. Don't forget to fry the little horse cutout that you made. Might as well cook it as long as you're cooking!
I sprinkled a little sharp cheddar cheese on the top and let it melt.
I placed the little horse on top of the cheese.