Sunday, January 11, 2015

What's For Breakfast? Eggs in the Nest

My husband told me he had a surprise breakfast planned for Saturday morning. When I pushed him to tell me the surprise, he wouldn't budge. "You'll see" he taunted. When I saw the acorn squash on the counter, I was a little worried. Acorn squash for breakfast, really? It's not that I don't like acorn squash, it is just that I am a total stickler for routine. Every morning I eat dippy eggs (the technical term for what other people call sunny-side-up), one slice of Ezekiel toast, and a 1/2 of a grapefruit. This is what I eat, don't mess with my routine.

But he was set on a special breakfast this morning. He said he found the recipe online but he doesn't remember where (only a non-blogger, right?), so we have recreated it for you here. He called it Eggs in the Hole, but I thought there must be a better name so I took to my Facebook page with a picture to ask what these were called. One reader said that in her family they were called toad in a hole and another said eggs in the nest. Toad in a hole made me laugh, but let's go with eggs in the nest.

Slice the squash about 3/4" thick, but you will only use the middle slices, the ones with a complete hole in the middle. Remove the seeds.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place acorn squash slices on the sheet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bake acorn squash for 20 minutes at 375.

When they come out of the oven break an egg into each hole.
Place back in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the egg yolks are firm.
Tops with crushed walnuts and Sriracha (optional).

Hubby served with avocado and a couple slices of bacon. Yum! These were so delicious and a healthier alternative to the traditional eggs in a hole made with white bread. Our acorn only made four slices and after devouring my two, I was left wanting more! 

Now it's your turn! Let me know in the comments. 
Does your spouse ever make you breakfast? 
Have you ever heard these called toad in a hole? 
Do you have a breakfast routine? 
Will you try these? 

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  1. That sounds really good! I've heard 'eggs in a nest' but never 'toad in a hole'! I am like you--breakfast is always the same. But every once in awhile we add something new. We do scrambled eggs with veggies and potatoes; sometimes we will also have black beans, sweet potatoes, and now we add a pancake for a treat...pretty delicious :)

  2. These look really good. I keep meaning to try the version where you use avocado halves, but I never seem to get around to it. What a great husband you have to plan such a nice breakfast for you.

  3. Great idea! I just shared a picture of an acorn squash recipe on my Instagram (will be posting the recipe on my blog later this week) It's funny that you say you eat dippy eggs with Ezekiel toast and 1/2 grapefruit. I eat 2 dippy eggs on Ezekiel toast with tomato and avocado and a 1/2 grapefruit every morning :-) It's my favorite breakfast! I top my eggs with Turmeric and ground pepper too! So yummy!


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