Baked Beans with Fried Eggs on Toast

For 10 years, at least three times a week, this was my breakfast.  Except mine was thrown on two pieces of Texas toast, wrapped in waxed paper and eaten in the car on the way to work.  If I had time I would fry a sausage patty and crumble it in the baked beans.  Good stuff!

I'm giving you the glorified version that you can eat with a knife and fork, and can actually add toppings.

Serves 4
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2 (16-ounce) cans baked beans with juices
2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chili sauce
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 eggs
8 slices bread (whole grain, country white, sourdough, cornbread, etc.)
Hot sauce for serving (optional)

Garnishes: green onion, or grilled red onions, grated Cheddar cheese or sour cream

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the beans and their juices, onion, thyme, and ketchup and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter.  Crack the eggs into the pan, cover, and cook for about 4 minutes for medium-cooked yolks.

Toast the bread and spread the remaining 2 tablespoons butter on the slices.  Place 2slices, buttered-side up and overlapping slightly, on each of 4 plates.  Using a spatula, transfer 1 egg onto each of 2 slices of toast.  Spoon the beans over the eggs and toast.  Top with the chili sauce, dividing evenly.  Garnish as desired and pass the hot sauce at the table.