I found myself on my own at home for breakfast a few days ago and realized there was no rush or pressure to get out the door. I heated up my pan, good and hot and was about to fry my egg when a thought occurred to me. Fried toast would be really nice, too.
It seems odd, the idea of frying bread, without some kind of sweet French-toast style coating. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that fried bread was something I had eaten in Italy many years ago, and loved.The year was 1989, a 19 year old me and Gran-Fran (pre the "Gran" days, still just "Fran") left NY and went to live in Italy for a month on a college language program. It was awesome.
We had fried bread one night, and vowed to make it ourselves one day. Well, we never managed to replicate that fried bread, and I'm not saying mine is an exact copy of it, but it turned out really tasty. The keys were to make the pan super hot, and use more olive oil than you normally might. And, wait for it....frozen bread. This was the first time I happened to have frozen bread, since the gluten-free kind I use (Udi's) is sold and stored in the freezer. Instead of toasting it, I decided to just throw it in the hot oil. It fried up just right, and quickly, too.
I'm going to explore making some kind of an egg wash to fry my next batch, since I think what we ate in Italy wasn't just plain old bread fried extra crispy. For now, though, I've found my new favorite breakfast.
Fried Eggs over Fried Toast
- 1 piece of frozen Bread (Udi's Gluten Free is my bread of choice)
- 1 Egg
- 3 Tbsps Olive Oil
- Salt to Taste
- 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika
- Heat a small frying pan to super hot (I know this is not a technical term, but it's the most descriptive I can come up with).
- Add the olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
- Put the frozen bread in the oil and cook for about 1 minute.
- Turn the bread over and cook for another 30 seconds, or until evenly browned.
- Put fried bread on a plate and set aside.
- Crack the egg into the super hot pan and cook until it's done to your liking. It took about 30 seconds for my egg to cook.
- Add the paprika.
- If you want an over-easy egg, flip it and cook for another 20 seconds.
- Remove the egg from the pan and place it on top of the fried bread.