A luxurious breakfast, brunch or snack recipe for egg in a hole, or egg in a basket as I call it; this recipe notches up the taste by adding smoked salmon, capers, shallots, crème fraiche and dill for a Scandinavian inspired dish that is sure to please all the family.
2 thick slices of rustic bread
2 large free-range eggs
2 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
4 generous slices of smoked salmon (Scottish smoked salmon is best)
2 teaspoons of capers (drained)
1 pink shallot, peeled and finely diced
fresh dill (to garnish)
A luxurious breakfast, brunch or snack recipe for egg in a hole, or egg in a basket as I call it; this recipe notches up the taste by adding smoked salmon, capers, shallots, crème fraiche and dill for a Scandinavian inspired dish that is sure to please all the family. (This recipe was adapted from a friend's recipe for egg in a hole with smoked salmon)
Using a biscuit/cookie cutter, cut a circle out of the middle of the two slices of bread.
Melt the butter in a large non-stick frying pan that is big enough to take both slices of bread and the "holes" from the middle of the bread.
Fry the bread for 2 to 3 minutes before turning it over and cracking open the eggs into the holes in the middle of the bread. Fry over a gentle heat for another 2 to 3 minutes - turning the bread and eggs over half way through, so the egg whites are set and the bread is golden brown. (Also fry the centre discs of bread at the same time, turning them over half way until they are golden brown.)
Place the "eggs in a basket" on warm plates and divide the smoked salmon, crème fraiche, capers and the chopped shallots over the top, before garnishing with dill and seasoning with pepper. Sit the fried "holes" on top to one side, as seen in the photo.
NB: In place of smoked salmon, crispy fried bacon can be added with grilled mushrooms and tomatoes - garnish with fresh parsley.