This is really such a simple dish, and lives in many places. Also known as Egg in the Hole, Egg with a Hat or Gashouse Egg, this is a simple and filling dish that pleases people on many levels. Essentially it is fried egg toast . . . the unsophisticated sister of French toast . . . or the country cousin to that old city mouse.
As simple as it is however, it is also capable of bringing delight to those who sit down to enjoy its pleasures. I like to dress it up a bit . . . sophisticate it a little . . . with a few additions.
Perhaps that is what makes this the "gangster" cousin of Egg in a Hole. It is just a simple addition of some garlic powder and some hot chili flakes . . .
But it works beautifully. You get a nice slice of fried bread, with a tasty runny egg fried into the middle of it and that toasty little round of fried bread that you can slip on top like a hat.
No wonder children love it so much . . . and with these simple additions grown ups can fall in love with it all over again. Of course . . .
The use of a great Artisanal loaf also helps to up-date/grow it up as well. I like a good sour dough loaf. Oh boy but it is some good . . . the little bit of heat and spice from the chili flakes is really nice . . . but don't go over-board. I suppose if you wanted to you could add a splash of hot sauce . . . and I always like to sprinkle a bit of chopped fresh parsley on most things. Its a nice way of dressing up even the simplest things without changing out the flavours much.
That buttery crisp bread . . . the slight whiff and taste of the garlic. You could use real garlic, but I find that the powdered garlic works just fine and you don't have to worry about it burning. Burnt garlic has a bitter quality that is not very nice . . . the hardest part is timing the cooking of it so that the egg stays runny. Yum!
*James Cagney Eggs*Serves 1
1 large free range eggfine sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder
Comfort food can't get any simpler or tastier than this! It makes a lovely hearty breakfast, or you can make it into a lovely simple supper by adding a few rashers of bacon and a salad on the side. I can't think of anyone who would turn their nose up at this. Simply multiply the quantities to serve more. You only need one slice of bread and one egg per person. Fresh eggs are the best. Bon Appetit!