Moons over Miami AKA Nest Eggs

I can’t recall how this conversation even started, but when BF and I were in Puerto Vallarta last April; our friend JoAnn told us what she always used to make for breakfast for her children when they were growing up: a dish she called Moon over Miami. Weeks later BF and I discovered that the Food Network Magazine coins the same dish Nest Eggs.

When we got home from Puerto Vallarta, I made my own Nest Egg or Moon Over Miami using whole wheat bread. I used the edges of a tall glass to cut a round circle in the middle of the bread. Then I placed the bread in the frying pan (with some butter) and cracked the egg into the hole of the bread. After a minute or so of frying the egg-bread combo over medium high heat, I flipped it over and fried the other side.

This morning BF unearthed the April issue of Food Network Magazine from the bathroom where I had placed it and said he wanted to try making some for breakfast. Only we didn’t have any sliced bread in the house. (We rarely keep bread in the house.) What we did have in the fridge were two English muffins — which BF thought might work.

I scoffed at BF’s idea of using English muffins to make Moons over Miami. There won’t be any bread left after you cut out the middle! I said. To get a smaller hole cut out of the middle, BF used a shot glass. The egg ended up spilling over onto the English Muffin, but it still worked.

The trick BF used to cook the dish was to only fry the bottom of the muffin. He covered the frying pan while cooking so the top of the egg cooked in the steam. (Runny white=bad; runny yolk=good.) I told BF I actually liked his English muffin Moon Over Miami better than the one I’d made with toast. The muffin was thicker and springier. Both attributes perfectly complement a fried egg. Add another dish to our breakfast repertoire!


  • eggs
  • bread or English muffin
  • 1 tsp. butter or cooking spray
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut a circle out of your choice of sliced bread using the edge of a drinking or shot glass.
  2. Heat a frying pan to medium high heat. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray or melt butter in the pan.
  3. Place the bread in the pan and crack an egg into the hole in the middle of the bread. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side or until bread begins to look toasted.
  4. If using an English muffin fry only the bottom side of the muffin. Fry covered to cook the top of the egg.

BF’s next Moon Over Miami will include cheese, bacon, or both.

Recipe rating: 

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