The Nicky has been a go to breakfast in our household since Nick and I started dating. One morning, I asked him what he would like for breakfast and he told me... toast with jam and a fried egg. This did NOT sound good to me, but I made it for him anyway and tried it. I was very pleasantly surprised and I don't know why I thought it didn't sound good to begin with. Sweet and Savory are ALWAYS so good together!
After making this breakfast for years, it became known as "The Nicky". Yes, I named it after my husband. He is the one who introduced it to me, so it seemed appropriate. Our daughter calls omelets Momlets because I make those for myself so often haha. Join me in making and enjoying this very simple breakfast.
Really, the most difficult part of this dish is the fried egg, but I have some tips and tricks to help you get the perfect egg.
- Firstly, make sure you are using a really good non-stick pan. This can be a well seasoned cast iron, or any pan with a non-stick finish. If the egg doesn't stick, the yolk is less likely to break.
- Next, if you start with a room temperature egg, the white will cook more evenly. If you're like me, you don't want any uncooked white so this tip will help with that.
- Third, only heat the pan to a medium heat. Cooking at too high a heat will also cause uneven cooking and an outer edge that is too crispy. High heat can also cause the egg to be rubbery, which nobody wants!
- Use a really flexible and thin spatula to flip the egg.
- Last tip... make sure there is enough fat in the pan! Eggs are notoriously very sticky so I do anything I can do to help prevent this. I typically use butter, but have used olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil or even bacon grease left in the pan after frying bacon. You can use ANY fat you prefer.
- Toast the bread while your non-stick frying pan heats up to a medium heat.
- Spread jam or jelly (any flavor you like best) on one side of each slice of toast. Set this aside for now.
- Once your frying pan is heated up, add one tablespoon of butter. Allow to melt.
- Gently crack room temperature egg into melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I LOVE me a peppery egg! Fry egg for 2-3 minutes, or until the egg white is mostly cooked through.
- Using a spatula, very gently flip the egg and cook for about 30 seconds. Just enough to finish cooking the egg white. They yolk will sill be runny. This is a called a fried egg, over medium. If you like your eggs over easy, skip the flipping step and if you like the yolk cooked as well you can break the yolk while frying to ensure it cooks through.
- Remove egg from pan and place on toast with jam and enjoy!
The Nicky is very versatile! You can use ANY bread or jam you like. Usually when making this I just toast up whatever wheat bread we have on hand and spread it with basic grape jelly, but raspberry jam is probably my favorite. We tried pepper jelly once though and I don't recommend it. Pepper jelly sounded like it would be great with an egg but Nick was not a fan!
Thank you all for cooking with me! Enjoy your breakfasts. Below I have shared some of my favorite things to help me make this meal.