Egg in a Nest

This was my first time trying to make eggs in a nest. I had initially heard of this from Binging with Babbish when he made them several years ago, but I don’t follow him as much now that his personality has changed. It took me 3 attempts before I was able to make this dish. I didn’t make them as sunny side up either, because everything burnt when I tried that, and I really don’t like sunny side up eggs anyway. I always try the make my eggs over easy, though I do occasionally go for scrambled.

The biggest hints for this dish are to make sure the heat is low, like making a slow grilled cheese, and to make sure you have enough oil in the pan to make a seal with the bottom of the bread. This is to try and limit how much egg leaks out. My egg came out as over-medium, but it was still delicious and super easy/fun to eat. I also garnished with chives, but it’s not necessary.

  1. Heat a small frying pan over low heat. Spray the pan with a generous layer of non-stick spray/oil. With a toaster, toast enough bread for your desired number of servings. You only need one piece of toast per egg in a nest.
  2. Once toast is cooked, use a 2 inch round cookie cutter, or cup to make a hole in the center of the toast. Once done, transfer the bread with the hole into the pan, and crack an egg into the center. Let cook until the bottom is no longer opaque. Shake pan to release from bottom of pan, cover and let cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Once the first side is cooked, gently get the toast and egg up onto your spatula. Keeping you bread and egg parallel with the burner, tip your pan to be almost 90 degrees to the spatula, then flip your spatula’s contents into the pan and place the pan back on the heat. Cook for another 3 minutes. Flip the egg in a nest as you transfer it onto your serving plate, and serve with the hole of toast and salt.

Fried Rice with Egg and Home Fries

Fried rice is a breakfast I’ve done a few times when I’ve had leftover rice. You can add anything to rice to make a filling meal, but I find breakfast to be one of my favorites with fried egg mixed in. I’ve made it before with leftover creamed dried beef, adding some milk and an egg, and it was DELICIOUS. This is enough for 2 filling meals, and it’s a great cheap meal if you’re on a tight budget!

  1. Add 1 1/2 cup cooked rice to a medium frying pan. Add 2 Tbsp of oil to rice. Heat on medium heat until rice is hot.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of Home Fries and crack 1 egg over top. Mix everything together thoroughly until egg is no longer soft, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

French Toast

French Toast can be an easy to make breakfast. You can make it plain, or add fresh fruits or other sugary toppings like caramel or powdered sugar. I’ve been making french toast for several years, and I find that adding sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract bring a whole new level of flavor to this bread based breakfast. Today I used Homemade syrup for our french toast since we were out of our usual Mrs. Buttersworth. Homemade Syrup is a treat for us since we don’t have much of it, since it’s been gifted to us by my In-laws who make it from trees on their property. I top my toast with a pad of butter, because who can have too much butter? I have also never tried this recipe with any other bread than standard white sandwich bread. If you try with something else, let me know if it works!

  1. Heat a large frying pan over Medium heat. In a wide mouthed dish, whisk together 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp sugar.
  2. Melt 1 Tbsp of butter into pan. Dip white sandwich bread and flip in wide mouthed dish before transferring to frying pan. Cook 2 minutes per side, or until you see color. This should make 4 slices of french toast.

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Meatloaf was always a favorite in my house growing up. My father would make meatloaf and mashed potatoes for my mom every Valentine’s day, and so to me, meatloaf will always be a Valentine’s day dinner. This is a classic Meatloaf that many make. I also made the mashed potatoes following the recipe I posted this thanksgiving, I just halved it. I also made a packet of instant gravy.

  1. Wash, peel, and cube about 6 medium potatoes (about 5 cups). Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Place potatoes into a pot and rinse 1-2 times, then fill pot with warm water and place over medium-high heat.
  3. Toast 2 slices of bread. Place 1 lb of ground beef into a small casserole dish. Add to it, the two pieces of toast shredded (or about 1/2 cup of bread crumbs), 1/4 cup diced onion (1/2 a small onion), 1 egg, 3 Tbsp A1, and 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Mix with your hands until homogeneous then form into an loaf. In a small bowl, mix together 3 Tbsp A1 and Ketchep, then spread over meatloaf. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until an internal temp of at least 160F.
  4. Once the potatoes are boiling or the water starts to get starchy, it should take about 20 minutes. The potatoes are done when you can stab a large piece with a fork, and the potato splits and falls off the fork. If you want less chunky mashed potatoes cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Strain your potatoes then put in a large bowl to beat with a hand mixer, or put in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  6. Start pulsing low speed and add 1/4 a cup of milk and 1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup).
  7. Once most of the big chunks are broken up, turn your speed to medium-low and slowly add more milk until you reach your desired consistency. Add salt to taste.
  8. Place your potatoes into a casserole dish and heat in oven uncovered to keep warm while meatloaf finishes.

Bread Bowls

This was my first time making this recipe and making actual bread. I learned to make the dough more of a ball, and to make less so they can be bigger. Otherwise, the bread is really good and the egg wash makes it absolutely beautiful and crisp on the top. Enjoy!

  1. Prepare 2 packets of yeast with 2 1/2 cups of warm water. Add 1 Tbsp of sugar. Wait 10 minutes for it to bloom.
  2. In a mixer, add yeast mixture, 2 pinches of salt, 2 Tbsp of oil, and 4 cups of flour. Mix. Add an additional 3 cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat until it comes together.
  3. Clean a countertop, turn out dough, and kneed for 6 minutes until dough fully comes together and the dough is smooth. Oil a bowl. Add dough to bowl, cover with a towel, and let double in size in a warm place (about 45 minutes).
  4. Lightly oil 2 sheet pans. Punch down dough, divide into 6 even pieces and form into a ball. Place onto sheet pan, and let double in size in a warm place (about 30 minutes).
  5. Preheat oven to 400 F. Create an egg wash by scrambling an egg, and brush over the doubled dough balls. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove dough, and reapply egg wash. Bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from pans and place on cooling rack.