This almost ended up being egg in the waste basket. Instead of taking enough time to prepare this lovely breakfast I rushed and used a shortcut. The eggs didn’t cook fast enough (and I haaaate runny eggs) so I thought to broil them just for a sec. Then I got distracted for a second sec (which happens often at my age) and my bread got burned. Gah! Hate when that happens. I wish I had a helper to take photos of the process for me. Or clean up. Wait, who am I kidding? My favorite phrase is GET OUT OF MY KITCHEN!
Anyhow, for some good reason the eggs didn’t cook evenly in the oven. So, Hubs got served the runnier one, which he likes. And the burned side of the bread wasn’t bitter as I expected thanks to the sausage mix. Otherwise, this is a really good meal. The recipe is adopted from the old issue of Midwest Living magazine. I think next time I’ll leave out the mushrooms. I couldn’t even tell they were in there so why bother.
A simpler way to make egg in a basket is to leave out the sausage mixture and just bake the egg in a hole. Make the hole heart-shaped and you’ll earn extra points for serving a fancy breakfast on Valentine’s Day or any day. Just because.
2 Pork Sausage patties
¼ cup fresh Mushrooms, finely chopped
¼ cup Bell Pepper, finely chopped (any color)
¼ cup Green Onions, thinly sliced
½ cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 slices Home Style or Texas Toast Bread
2 teaspoons Butter
Salt and ground black Pepper
With a 2-inch round cookie cutter, or a small juice glass, cut out the center of each bread slice. Spread both sides of the bread slices with the butter. Set aside.
In a large skillet, cook sausage patties, mushrooms, pepper and onions until meat is brown and vegetables are tender, stirring to break up sausage as it cooks. Remove sausage mixture from the skillet; drain. In a small bowl combine sausage mixture and cheese; set aside and keep warm. Carefully wipe skillet clean with paper towels.
In the same skillet, toast bread on one side over medium heat about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Reduce heat to medium-low. Turn the bread slices over.
Break one of the eggs into a small measuring cup with a handle or a small bowl. Holding the lip of the cup as close to the bread as possible, carefully slide egg into the hole. Repeat with the other egg and bread slice. Lightly sprinkle the eggs with salt and ground pepper.
Cook, covered for 10-15 minutes or until eggs are firm to your likeness. Transfer the slices to your serving plates. Spoon sausage mixture atop bread slices, avoiding the egg as much as possible. Serve with fresh fruit, more shredded cheese or hot sauce, if you like.
Spread the cut out heart with strawberry jelly.
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