Moonstruck Eggs

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Servings: 2
  • About This Recipe

    “In response to a request for a recipe similar to one made in the movie “Moonstruck,” I typed this up from memory. The measurements are all estimated, so by all means, feel free to experiment. You may substitute bottled roasted peppers if you like, adding them after the onions are almost done cooking. Roasting the fresh peppers takes about 10-15 minutes – the eggs only take about 5″


  • 4slicesItalian bread
  • 4eggs
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded,cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 smallonion, peeled,halved,sliced thinly
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1clovecrushed garlic(optional)
  • Directions

  • Heat a small amount of olive oil in skillet on medium heat.
  • Add sliced red peppers, sliced onions, and crushed garlic and saute until vegetables are soft& tender, but not mushy.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove peppers& onions to a plate and keep warm.
  • Drain excess oil, if necessary, leaving just enough to keep bread and eggs from sticking to your pan.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • You may even need to add a bit more oil depending on your pan.
  • Make a nest in each slice of bread by tearing out some of the center and set bread slices into skillet.
  • Let the bread brown for a few seconds, then flip over.
  • Immediately crack an egg into the nests of each slice of bread and cook until eggs are set to your liking.
  • You may flip over if desired, but it will not be as attractive as sunny side up.
  • (Tip: If you place a lid over your pan after you crack the eggs, this will help the yolks cook faster.) The trick is to work quickly and also not to have heat set too high or you will burn your eggs/bread.
  • While the eggs are cooking, you may return the vegetables to the pan and push them to one side to reheat them if necessary.
  • Serve eggs with the roasted peppers& onions on top of egg nests or on the side.
  • Season with salt& pepper to taste.
  • Reviews

  • “I used regular red pepper, may try the roasted next time.I do know that I want to add some fresh mushrooms the next time.Good versatile recipe.”

  • “I made this for my kids for lunch today.They loved how the egg and toast already came connected.I ended up eating the vegetables.I think this is going to be one of their favorites and it was really quick and easy.My daughter loved pouring the egg in the middle of the bread.”

  • “We make “one-eyes” all the time too, but I’ve never thought of serving them with peppers and onions.They add nice sharp flavor to an otherwise dull breakfast.”

  • “Growing up, my mom made “eggs in a nest” too. She used the rim of a drinking glass to cut out the middle of the bread and served the little round toasts on the side. Yummy. An old roommate used to tear out the middle in a square. She called them “Window Pane Eggs”.”

  • “Lovely Sunday Brunch recipe. It is correct that you have to have good timing to have the onions, peppers fried bread and eggs still runny all come out just right.I sauted the peppers & onions – took them off the pan, fried one side of the bread removed the pan from the heat, flipped the bread and 4 minutes before I wan’t to serve the eggs slipped them onto the browned side of the bread, put the veggies back into the pan, covered the pan, placed on medium heat and 4 minutes later perfect. I love the crunch of the fried bread.Thanks HF I haven’t had fried bread in years and this combination is excellent – you must have a good memory!21 Dec 08Made again this time I added some leftover potato & mushrooms -Very tasty recipe. Oh I used orange peppersLoved it again Thanks HeatherFeather”

  • “Deliciousness on a piece of toast.Sticks with you until noon too.I burned the bottoms of the bread, but that actually tasted good.Put a little butter substitute on the bread and sprinkled a bit of garlic powder over it before toasting it in the pan.Good work, Heather!”

  • “As in movie, and for myself, I would probably forgo the thinly sliced onion except to add thinly sliced upper portions of scallions scattered around the edge of a serving plate for presentation. In the movie we don’t see any onions being used. But for those who like onion(s), sure why not? I’d stick just with a slice or two of roasted red pepper (canned/bottled). The crushed garlic clove does get my attention though. I’ve always made my ‘Eggs in Nest’ with extra sourdough bread spread on some soft butter/margarine and sprinkled with grated parmesean cheese. Toasts up to a great tasty crunchy golden brown on a cast iron skillet.”

  • “The flavours blend well in this recipe.I kept the onion/pepper mix hot in the microwave while I cooked the bread & eggs.Will make this often. Only thing I did do different was to sprinkle chopped parsley over the onion/pepper mix to give a contrast of colours.Thanks for posting this ‘keeper’ :)”

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