“Toad In A Hole” Breakfast

I had never made these before, but when I had my mastectomy, my friend, Sharon, came from Chicago to stay with me for a week. She was a nurse to me, and loved all over my girls.  While she was here she made this “Toad In A Hole” breakfast a few times.  It has become a favorite of ours.  It is so fast and easy, and quite filling for each person, if I add fruit to the plate.  It makes me miss my friend every time I make it.  Everyone should have a friend like her–  I love you, Sharon!!

It is my middle child’s birthday weekend.  I did not have the energy to throw a party, so we took the money we usually would spend for a party and had a “double-date dinner, manicures, and spending- spree- at- the- mall” birthday night out.  We were with my daughter’s friend and her mom, Carma, who is a great friend of mine.  It was a super fun night out, ending with Caramelicious Frappucinos (decaf of course)– my girl thought she was old enough to drink coffee–she isn’t!  Hers sat untouched, despite the fact that she tasted mine and was convinced she liked it and was old enough to have one of her own!

We had my daughter’s friend spend the night.  We have a breakfast tradition of pancakes and eggs anytime we have a sleepover. Again, my energy was not great, so instead of pancakes I decided to make “Toads In A Hole”  The kids loved them, and it only took minutes!

Toad In A Hole
6 slices bread
6 eggs
~Cut out a circle in each piece of bread.  
~Melt some butter, and brown the round cut-outs on both sides until toasty brown.
~Melt more butter.  Add slices of bread with holes cut out.  
~Crack an egg into each bread.
~Flip when set.
~Season with salt & pepper

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  • erin
    February 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Hi Amy! I just posted my eggs in a nest that I made for Valentines Day. I gave you a shout out and linked back to your post. Hope you are doing well.

  • Anonymous
    February 11, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I first knew them as “Eggs on Horseback,” which sounds a little strange now that I think of it. Found the recipe in a very old cookbook.

  • Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    mom always called them “bulls-eyes”. My favorite part was the buttered circle. Still is : )

  • Lady Katherine
    February 2, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Love these so much!

  • Mary
    February 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

    My family call it “chicken in a basket” growing up. My grandmother made them for me. It brings back sweet memories.

  • Betsy
    January 31, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    We always called these eggs in a frame. My mom got the “recipe” from her Betty Crocker kids cookbook in the 50s. It’s my favorite breakfast to this day.

  • Bianca @ Walnut Avenue
    January 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    My Mom used to make these for us – it’s an Italian thing. Watch the movie Moonstruck!! As you know, the Italians LOVE to eat – they make it with a nice chunk of Italian bread! Thank you for reminding me of this…

  • Glovers Lane
    January 31, 2011 at 7:08 am

    What a cute idea…love it. I will definitely try this!

  • Mom on the Run
    January 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    At Cracker Barrel, they call it “egg in a basket”…my favorite breakfast there. My kids always loved those when they were small, but haven’t made them at home for years! Thanks for the reminder.

  • Chara
    January 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I have one of these every morning- I like to drizzle a little honey on it. Much better than a pancake.

    My 3YO usually eats the hole.

  • Amber Stoneburner
    January 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Sweet! You pictures are lovely. I had never thought of using a glass, we always just ripped a chunk out of the middle. So much prettier the way you do it! I have heard them called toad in a hole, but growing up we called them “eggs in a nest” 😀

  • Corn in my Coffee-Pot
    January 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Toad in a Hole….!!! bwaaahhaaaa… I’ve never heard it called that.
    I’ve heard ‘egg in a nest” …but what we called them around my house was ‘rocky mountain tops’… that’s funny too, I know.

    Enjoy! they look yummie

  • Miriam
    January 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I grew up with these…we called them “eggs in a basket”!

  • erin
    January 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Yeah…LOVE THEM we call them eggs in a nest and they ROCK! We also do them every Valentine’s Day with a heart cookie cutter instead of a circle! 🙂 They turn out so so so cute. 🙂 I always want to eat at Cracker Barrel when I make them. Cracker Barrel has a version with sourdough toast that makes my mouth water every time I think about it. I have to go and get a napkin now!

  • Karen
    January 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    That’s one of our favorite breakfasts too. We call them birdies in the nest. And using the glass to make a hole is genius! We always just cut out a hole or a square with a knife.

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