Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Best Hangover Food. Ever.
(That's AJ in the background, not me. Just sayin', in case you thought I grew facial hair).
Bird's nest. Cowboy eggs. Moon eggs. Toad in a hole. Whatever you call it, it is the best thing EVER after a night on the town.
I call it eggy in a basket.
It's rare indeed to get all your buddies together to go out for dinner. It is rarer still to get everyone together and have no one amongst them who has to work the next day! Holy crap! So, to celebrate, my pals and I went, um, a little overboard last night. Not ridiculously overboard, but enough to cause a shaky start this morning.
Since you already know that eggs will sometimes creep their way into my otherwise-vegan diet, I need not burden you with an explanation about it. Today was a day for eggs, and that was how it was gonna be. Go ahead. Judge me.
There's something so fabulous about eggy in a basket...it's crunchy fried yummines on the outside, chewy breadiness on the inside, covered in salt, and full of egg-tastic indulgence. Fab. Wanna make it? Sure you do.
Slice up a nice baguette on a diagonal. You want fairly thick, long pieces of bread. Take two pieces and rip out the center, making space for the egg but not going all the way to the crust.
Then, heat a skillet at medium temp. Throw in a big wad of Earth Balance butter. Take a whiff. Put your bread face-down in the pan and crack one egg directly into the center of the bread (don't worry if there's spillover...it'll be fine). Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the top, cover the pan, and let 'em cook for about 5 minutes. Then, flip them over and do the same thing, taking care to see if you need to add a bit more butter (the bread absorbs a lot...that's what makes it so good).
Cooking on the second side need only take as long as you want it, depending how you like your eggs. Runny? Eh, 'bout 2 minutes. Soft? 3 minutes. Over hard? 5 minutes. It'll take a bit of practice to get it just right, but by the time you're munching down on these slices of heaven you won't care if the eggs are perfect.
This hangover cure is brought to you by me, Shelley, your lush friend.
PS: Wanna try an adaptation? How amazing does THIS look!?!?