Film number 8 in 12 Days of Oscar is the 1987 film Moonstruck. Moonstruck won three Oscars and was nominated for a total of six.  It won for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Writing for a Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, and Best Picture (it lost this one to The Last Emperor). Moonstruck tells the story of Loretta (Cher), a woman in her late 30’s who has decided that her first marriage was cursed because she and her late husband were married at city hall.  She accepts a marriage proposal from Johnny (Danny Aiello) and is determined to get this wedding “right,” although she’s admitted to her mother (Olympia Dukakis) that she doesn’t really love Johnny. She meets Johnny’s younger brother Ronny, who lost his hand in an accident he blames on Johnny. Ronny falls in love with Loretta, and all manner of hilarity ensues.

In the film, Loretta comes into the kitchen to find her mother making breakfast.  That breakfast, is two slices of bread, with the centers removed and filled with an egg.  In the film there is also a side of roasted red pepper.  One of the best things about this is that the breakfast is easily customizable. You can use egg whites instead of whole eggs, and whole grain bread instead of white. You could cut any shape you’d like into the center, making this a fun breakfast for a holiday.  As an added bonus, it’s also a very quick breakfast. I used whole wheat Italian bread and egg whites for mine, and it was fantastic.



  • 2 thick (1″) slices of Italian bread
  • 2 eggs (or 6 egg whites)
  • olive oil


Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Drizzle some olive oil into the skillet, enough to coat the bottom.

Using a cookie cutter or drinking glass, cut a hole into the center of each bread slice.

Put the bread slices into the skillet, and let one side brown before flipping it over.

Flip the bread over, and crack one egg into each hole. If using egg whites, crack them into a bowl and beat them slightly before pouring them into the hole in the bread.

Season with salt and pepper.

Let the egg set a little, and then flip it over to finish cooking the egg.

Makes 2 servings.

Source: I’ve seen this movie at least fifty times 🙂


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