eggs in a basket

source: martha stewart living | september 2009

4 slices rustic bread, 1" thick
1/4 cup olive oil, for brushing & drizzling
8 ounces fresh ricotta cheese
salt & pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
4 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup grated/shaved parmesan

1. tear out the middle of each slice of bread to form a 1.5" hole.  arrange slices & middles on a baking sheet.  brush both sides & pieces with olive oil.

2. bake bread at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. {leave oven on.}

3. mix ricotta with salt & pepper & thyme.  spread onto bread slices, avoiding the hole.  drizzle with olive oil.

4. break 1 egg into each hole, & season with salt.  bake until egg whites are set, about 12 minutes.

5. top each slice with parmesan & toasted middle piece.

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