Today I’ve given my favorite eggy tofu a Valentine’s Day reboot. It’s a vegan take on egg in a hole (also known as egg in a nest, egg in a basket, and half a dozen other random things.)
If you’re not familiar with the dish, egg in a hole is typically made by using a biscuit cutter to create a round hole in a piece of bread. The bread is then put into a skillet with melted butter, and an egg is cracked into the opening until fully cooked. I’ve never eaten the eggy original, but it seemed like a great option for my favorite breakfast, eggy tofu and toast.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut the opening into slices of bread. I then used super firm tofu that doesn’t need to be pressed, and cut it into a long slice that was the same width as the bread slice. I used the same cookie cutter to make hearts in the tofu. I then slathered vegan butter onto the bread, and let it brown in a skillet.
The first time I made them, I put the tofu hearts inside of the bread while cooking. However, unlike eggs, tofu doesn’t congeal and solidify with the bread. So for easier flipping and to make sure that the bread doesn’t become misshapen while it cooks, I recommend browning the tofu separately and then adding it to the bread on the plate. The tofu can either be browned in vegan butter or in extra virgin olive oil, depending on your preferences.
For seasoning, I added kala namak (also known as black salt). It is a salt that can be commonly found in Indian grocery stores and has a sulfur-y smell and taste.
David isn’t a fan of that eggy spice, and so for his tofu heart, I used Slap Ya Mama seasoning salt. This Cajun seasoning packs some heat, and so be sparing if you’re not a fan of spicy foods.
You can just eat the little toasted bread hearts as-is, or it also makes an excellent miniature vegan BLT with Upton’s seitan bacon.
Biting into the warm, crisp toast, I wondered why I don’t always make toast on the stove. You can’t beat that cooked in buttery flavor. Add the Hearts-in-a-Hole to a tray with some berries and hot coffee, and you have an excellent breakfast in bed that’s ready in no time.