Egg in a Nest


From Egg in a hole, Toad in a Hole and Eggy in a Basket to Hobo Eggs, it seems that everyone calls this breakfast treat by a different name. But from now on I will call it Egg in a Nest thanks to a comment left on my Flickr photo! An egg tucked into a piece of bread and fried? Prior to 2006, I had never heard of such a thing. The first time I saw it was not in a kitchen but inside a movie theater. Actually, it was in a kitchen in the movie. V for Vendetta to be exact. Of course I didn’t realize that it was something that people actually ate in the real world. It looked very odd and I couldn’t figure out how the egg got into the bread! Of course I feel pretty silly now because it’s so simple to make! Thanks to my friend Nicki for the tutorial!

The first time I made this, I used homemade bread and I was able to cut some nice thick slices of bread. The thicker the bread, the smaller the hole needs to be. You can cut the hole with a knife, a small glass, a biscuit cutter, or anything else that you find handy. Or you can just tear a hole out of the center with your hands. It’s up to you, it’s your breakfast! This time around, I used a biscuit cutter to make a fairly large hole because the bread wasn’t very thick. It worked perfectly. I buttered one side of the bread, placed the dry side down in a buttered cast iron skillet, cracked an egg into the hole, sprinkled with a little salt and a lot of freshly ground black pepper and let it sizzle away for a few minutes. From here you can do one of two things. When the egg starts to set, you can carefully flip the bread over and cook it to your liking. Or, you can pop the whole pan under the broiler for a minute or two. This time I chose the latter and it worked rather well. I think I’ll stick with the broiler method from now on!

It’s nice to start the day off with a smile so whether you’re cooking for the kids or just tired of another boring breakfast alone, fry up some Eggs in a Nest and have fun!


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  1. joyce

    We call them Mexican Sandwiches for some reason. I’m not sure who first showed me how to make them but we enjoy them often, and the piece cut out from the middle is fried beside the rest and is the best tasting bit of all.

    2:11 am  Dec 18th, 2006
  2. rachel

    Looks yummy…my husband made one with a star shape in the middle. I had never heard of it either!

    2:11 am  Dec 18th, 2006
  3. leslier

    Mmmmm, yummy! Love your photos, they make my mouth water. Can’t wait to try out your chocolate beet muffin recipe!

    4:51 am  Dec 18th, 2006
  4. Haley

    Eggs in a basket for us too, Connie! Dad used to make these ALL the time for us when we were little. My favorite part was using a glass to cut out the middle, then eating the circle. He would sometimes put a Kraft single on top.

    6:32 am  Dec 18th, 2006
  5. peabody

    Yeah, they are a Toad in A Hole to me.

    9:23 am  Dec 18th, 2006
  6. amanda

    nicole, while i didn’t learn about these little devils this year, it wasn’t too long ago for me. when i was in college i worked (for a very short period of time) at the chain restaurant Cracker Barrel and they had toad in a hole on there menu. This was the first i’d ever heard of it! you know, to this day i’ve still never tried it, although i don’t really know why, considering how much i enjoy fried eggs and toast! again, you’ve done a fantastic job of making something so simple look so elegant!

    1:32 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  7. connie

    egg in a basket in my family. your picture is bringing back fond memories of childhood sunday mornings!

    4:45 am  Dec 18th, 2006
  8. Alanna

    “Gashouse eggs” when I was growing up, they were (are) my Dad’s specialty, Thursdays, as I recall.

    3:32 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  9. Pearl

    I love egg in a hole. You photographed it so well too. Wonder how you got along as far in life as you had without coming across it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love your new header image.

    3:44 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  10. Brilynn

    I was just looking at a recipe for this! You beat me to it!

    5:12 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  11. aria

    hi nicole, i love your blog the pics are stunning! i1st i heard if it was in V too. looks so delicious i cant wait to try it a whole bunch of times:)

    5:16 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  12. Sister B.

    Hi Nicole,
    I’ve never heard about this before, neither seen it. But I LOVE toast and eggs, and can’t wait to try it. Thx a lot!

    5:50 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  13. jeannette

    this is the only breakfast my dad ever makes! i’ve been eating this since i was little and love every bite of it. on those special days, my dad even covers the whole thing with a slice of thin cheddar. melty goodness!

    7:00 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  14. Kristen

    This was one of my mom’s favorite things to make us for breakfast growing up. Very nice photos!

    7:57 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  15. misslionheart

    Great site. I’ve added you to my favourite blogs

    11:11 am  Dec 18th, 2006
  16. eyespi20

    Looks absolutely yummy and I’ll be making it for breakfast real soon! I would imagine little ones would enjoy this served to them as well.


    8:37 pm  Dec 18th, 2006
  17. joey

    That looks great! I have actually never tried this but I love eggs so I will ๐Ÿ™‚ (I remember it from V for Vendetta too…)

    4:26 am  Dec 19th, 2006
  18. Patricia Scarpin


    this is a terrific idea for those days when I arrive home too tired to actually cook.
    You don’t know how much I love eggs. lol

    1:57 pm  Dec 19th, 2006
  19. Sandy

    Mainers call them Nest Eggs. Very close to your name.

    12:09 am  Dec 20th, 2006
  20. fanny

    Hi Nicole,
    these look utterly delicious. I think i’m going to make some for tomorrow’s breakfast!

    – fanny

    12:58 am  Dec 20th, 2006
  21. misslionheart

    I don’t like eggs, but will make it for my four children! ๐Ÿ˜†

    10:15 pm  Dec 19th, 2006
  22. Thomas

    Helping prepare my first Christmas meal. Any suggestions?

    1:28 pm  Dec 20th, 2006
  23. Jason

    Oddly enough, my mom made me one of those last time I visited. She didnt have a name for it, but she had never made it before. At least not while I lived at home. My dad likes it too, but since he can’t eat them a lot because of his heart, he has to wait until I visit so mom will make them. Poor guy.

    Also, I forgot to ask for one of those “damn sandwiches.”

    8:01 pm  Dec 20th, 2006
  24. bea at La tartine gourmande

    I would totally love this!

    8:12 pm  Dec 20th, 2006
  25. sarah

    Toad in the Hole is sausages in yorkshire pudding to me (and most brits I think). I first saw this on V for vendetta too ๐Ÿ˜€

    I wonder if I can eat it though, since I can’t eat egg whites (I generally separate and poach the yolks). I bet the yolks’d spread out just fine in a smaller hole ๐Ÿ™‚

    11:22 pm  Dec 20th, 2006
  26. Bethany


    My childhood name for them was Egg on Toast. I guess it’s pretty descriptive and simple, but it stuck for me. Thanks for the reminder of an old favorite, we’ll have to do it again soon.

    p.s. the cheesecake looks appetizing, but I really loved that photo of tomatoes you used to have as your header! Thanks for a great site that I keep coming back to.

    12:04 am  Dec 21st, 2006
  27. Rebekka

    Your blogs’s so cute. Love it!

    5:07 pm  Dec 21st, 2006
  28. janet

    Never tried this till I saw your post. It turned out well.
    We live off grid so hate to use the toaster, big energy sucker. This solves my toast dilemma nicely.

    7:33 pm  Dec 21st, 2006
  29. Ruby

    I love your sights new look Nicole, wonderfully festive! ๐Ÿ™‚

    6:04 am  Dec 22nd, 2006
  30. elle

    this was my dad’s specialty as well-it brings back many good memories especially since he died last year…i make this for my kids now and we renamed it pookie…i don’t know why.
    My kids love this.

    7:00 am  Dec 22nd, 2006
  31. Amanda P

    This may sound like a silly question but do you have to use a cast iron skillet? I went through a phase where all I cooked with was cast iron then I threw them all away! I was so stupid when I was younger because I wish I had them back!
    This looks very tasty and my Husband would love to eat these on the weekend!

    4:58 pm  Dec 22nd, 2006
  32. Sandi @ the WhistleStop Cafe

    Threw away an old cast iron skillet ? :0 Skillet Abuse is punishable in Alabama.
    We called them nest eggs growing up…haven’t had one in years. Sounds yummy!

    8:07 pm  Dec 24th, 2006
  33. Cyndi

    We always called them “Eye of Zeus” although I have no idea where that name came from!

    12:46 am  Dec 28th, 2006
  34. experienceaurie

    That looks so tasty!

    5:07 pm  Dec 28th, 2006
  35. Scott

    me too – first time in the same movie – I mean!

    Just a nice (yummy) spin on eggs and toast – plus you can munch the bread round while you wait!

    2:44 am  Dec 29th, 2006
  36. Charyene

    It looks so tasty!!!
    Gonna try it the next morning!

    9:20 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  37. Kath

    We called them ‘Egg in a Hat’.

    Lovely blog you have here ๐Ÿ™‚

    4:06 am  Dec 31st, 2006
  38. Madeline

    Rachael Ray calls them Birds in a Nest and I have categorized them in my Beyond My Skill Level category of recipes. There’s just something about it that I can’t seem to do correctly! Next time I will plop my computer on the counter and follow your instructions. Maybe if I just read it a different way….

    9:26 am  Jan 9th, 2007
  39. Carl

    Thank you, thank you! I had completely forgotten about these things (Toad in a hole, where I came from) The cook used to make ’em for us, working on the boats up in Alaska. Home away from home comfort food. I will revive them for my daughter!

    9:36 pm  Jan 9th, 2007
  40. Nicki

    Congratulations for being such a brilliant blogger/photographer/chef/rad chick! I’m so proud of you and I love the elegance of your blog. Hurray!!

    11:09 pm  Jan 10th, 2007
  41. andie

    we call them eggs in a basket, and it is easily one of my fav breakfasts!

    10:03 pm  Jan 11th, 2007
  42. kn

    we call them framed eggs where i’m from – been eating these since i was a kid!

    10:13 pm  Jan 12th, 2007
  43. Doreen

    I’ve been making this breakfast treat ever since I saw Olympia Dukakis making it in the movie “Moonstruck” for breakfast for Cher. Great romantic movie and gives you a peek about Italian family structure. In the movie, Olympia (who plays the mother) makes her eggs in a basket with Italian bread and puts red peppers on top. Deliciouso!

    3:20 pm  Feb 10th, 2007
  44. Sandy

    You just took me back about 55 years when my Dad would cook breakfast for us – what wonderful memories. Thank you, I am really enjoying looking at your blog – love your pictures. Thanks again.

    5:28 pm  Feb 13th, 2007
  45. croque-choux

    Wow, so glad I found your blog through (StumbleUpon)! Thanks for this easy and fun recipe- my little boy is going to love this :o)

    11:57 pm  Feb 26th, 2007
  46. Marlene

    These are bull’s eye eggs!

    3:09 am  Mar 24th, 2007
  47. Ralph

    They were always called egg in a hat in my family – the cur out hole was toasted on the side and placed on top of the egg for serving – thus the hat!

    5:58 am  Mar 25th, 2007
  48. Lisa

    My (Sicilian) mother used to call this “an egg in a frame.” I always assumed it was an Italian thing. See how wrong one can be!

    In the movie “Moonstruck,” which is one of my favorite movies, Rose fries strips of red peppers in the pan alongside the egg-bread. Those would be a yummy addition.

    9:47 pm  Sep 2nd, 2007
  49. mary jane

    Texas Toast!

    1:33 pm  Sep 15th, 2007
  50. Joe

    My family calls this Frogs in a Pond. The cut out centers are toasted as well and dipped in tomato juice. Very quick and nutritious breakfast. The kids love it.

    11:54 pm  Sep 20th, 2007
  51. Kat

    I just made this for breakfast and it was delicious! I thought I made my hole too small, because some of the egg overflowed over the bread and down one side, but it turned out perfect. I also did the broiler method. Thanks for the great and quick recipe!

    6:05 pm  Nov 16th, 2007
  52. Colleen

    I first had these on a camping trip! Why not?! They were introduced to me as “One-Eyed Egyptian Sandwiches.”

    2:33 pm  Dec 4th, 2007
  53. Nicole

    One-Eyed Egyptian Sandwiches! That’s the first time I’ve heard that one! It’s unbelievable how many different names this dish has! Thanks for dropping by, Colleen ๐Ÿ™‚

    3:27 pm  Dec 4th, 2007
  54. rick

    They were always one-eyed egyptians in my family-we used a small glass to push down on the soft bread to make the hole, then fried the little circle along side the toast and egg.
    Always wondered about the name until about a month ago when, in an inspired flourish, I cut out a triangle instead of the circle and VOILA! a pyramid…… My wife’s family called them one-eyed sailor sandwiches-and again used the juice glass to make the circle-the same explanation for the origin of the name applied……
    They are a weekly breakfast treat…..and now don’t seem so oddly named.

    6:51 am  Jan 10th, 2008
  55. David

    My Mom always made these for us, back in the 1950’s. She said she got the name “One-eyed Egyptian” from a movie she’d seen as a kid, that she thought starred Douglas Fairbanks. That’s the only name I’ve ever known them as.

    Nice photos. Thanks. Just had them for breakfast today!

    1:19 pm  Jan 20th, 2008
  56. Marla Rocks-Preston

    Our family has only known these as “one-eyed Frenchman’s”. Was a term from my Dad, who knows where he got it from. He also had a name for an open faced tuna sandwich that he called “slumgullians”. “One-eyed Frenchman’s were great growing up an still great today. Passed on down to my 25 year old son, who also had fond memories of these breakfast eggs!

    3:40 pm  Apr 4th, 2008
  57. Kris

    Not all Mainers call them eggs in a nest, My step mom use to make them for me when I was a kid and she called them one eyed monsters.

    10:55 am  May 3rd, 2008
  58. sandi

    egg in a nest – my grandma made this for me back in the 50’s. i thought she was the smartest cook in the world! a treasured memory i passed on to my kiddos.

    7:52 am  Jun 28th, 2008
  59. Tammy Taliancich

    The first time I saw this recipe was the movie with Cher – Moonstruck – her mother in the movie was cooking them for breakfast one morning…. I saw that – tried it on my own and it became a personal favorite! I came across your blog and saw this recipe and it really took me back! What a treat!

    8:37 pm  Jul 22nd, 2008
  60. karen

    It’s so funny that everyone has their own name for this! My family calls it Sunshine Toast…we never discussed it but I always figured it was because the yolk looks like the sun. Very nice.

    12:26 pm  Aug 26th, 2008
  61. Bonnie

    We call them “popeyes” and tear out the hole with a big pinch, we butter both sides, lay one side down in a hot skillet, drop egg in the hole, salt and pepper and cook until mostly set and turn over to cook the other side……

    10:42 pm  Sep 24th, 2008
  62. Sara

    Bunny Down the Hole, or Sun in a Pocket is what I know them as ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom made these for my brothers and I when we were little, and I make them now as a perfect late-night study food. I use a shot glass to poke a hole in challah bread or thick italian bread–you find such useful tools in a college student’s kitchen., haha.

    11:52 pm  Oct 27th, 2008
  63. Roxanne

    We call them Toad in a Whole. They were my favorite breakfast. My mom use to make them for me all the time. I have tried to pass it on to my family now but it’s no big deal to them. Plus it’s hard because my smallest has an egg allergy. I love to pop the yolk once its on my plate and spread it over the bread. Mmmm so YUMMY!!!

    9:31 pm  Nov 24th, 2008
  64. Roxanne

    Also we always used the medicine cups to poke the holes. Also I meant Toad in a Hole, not *Whole*.

    9:33 pm  Nov 24th, 2008
  65. Megan

    My family always called these Egg Frames. They are my very favorite weekend breakfast! We always put a slice of cheese on top right after it comes off the stove. Delish!

    3:18 pm  Dec 5th, 2008
  66. kim

    We also called them sunshine toast. My grandma would draw two eyes and a smile out of jelly and the egg would be the nose . My sister was a very picky eater and this was fun enough for her to always eat. My husband’s family in the same town also called them egg in the nest, so it really doesn’t matter where you are from. It’s a family thing I guess.

    5:43 pm  Dec 8th, 2008
  67. Cooking Dad

    I call them “one-eyed-monsters” and the kids love ’em! You can see a picture of my monster here

    3:49 am  Dec 12th, 2008
  68. kristen

    We call them bull’s eyes. I had actually never heard of these until my fiancee introduced them to me. I usually just did “egg on toast,” but this is soo much better!

    3:12 pm  Dec 16th, 2008
  69. Bill

    I was raised on these! Mom called them “Eggs Birmingham”. I’m 75 and still call them that. So do my kids.

    9:05 am  Dec 24th, 2008
  70. Georgina

    I only discovered them recently too. My boyfriend cooked it for me; he calls them egg banjos. I am fully converted to them, especially with bacon alongside.

    7:23 am  Jan 19th, 2009
  71. Chris

    hehe, My parents were making this in the early to mid ’70’s for breakfast. Gotta love egg-in-toast. Although we make it slightly differently.

    8:54 am  Jan 31st, 2009
  72. Chris

    To further update. we dont toast the bread ahead of time and just use hands to make a hole slightly bigger than the yolk. Butter in the ban put the bread in (minus the part from the whole) let it toast a bit just to get a little color on the underside and crack the eggs into the hole. let it set a bit. add salt and pepper and flip. add a bit more butter since the other side soaked it all up and it nice and crispy brown. then take out when the yolk is set to your desired doneness.

    In fact my kids made this for breakfast this morning. Easy peasy.

    9:00 am  Jan 31st, 2009
  73. Nicole

    Thanks everyone for sharing your stories! Who would have known that such a simple breakfast could have so many different names! One of these days I’m going to have to write a new post listing all of the different names that you all have shared in the comments. Keep them coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

    10:46 am  Jan 31st, 2009
  74. Liz

    I call my recipe Nest Eggs — made in a skillet w/ canola oil (vs butter), omega-3 eggs, whole wheat bread and drizzled with some pure maple syrup when it’s all done. The kids love it, and it’s a nice & easy hearty breakfast before they bound off to school.

    11:16 am  Jan 31st, 2009
  75. Alana

    This is one of my favorite breakfasts! In my family they’re called “one eyed Johnny” and are always sprinkled with sugar. Whenever I had sleepovers as a kid and tried to convince my friends that the egg and sugar were delicious they always looked at me skeptically at first, but in the end were converted.

    11:44 am  Jan 31st, 2009
  76. Laura

    My dad used to make those for me and always called them Cyclopse Toast. I think it may have just been because he was making it for my brother and me when we were kids, but the name sure has stuck with me!

    12:20 pm  Jan 31st, 2009
  77. Alisa

    The first time i saw egg in a hole was also on V for Vendetta!

    1:15 pm  Jan 31st, 2009
  78. Cooking Dad

    Nicole, I have listed all the names I could find for this dish when I posted it on my blog: One-eyed-monster breakfast

    popeyes, egg frames and sunshine toast are some names I’ve seen here but didn’t hear before. Who would have thought that such a simple dish can have so many names…

    1:48 pm  Jan 31st, 2009
  79. Jerry

    My Dad called them Egyptian Eyes or sometimes camel’s Eyes, I’ve posted about them a few times myself… Definitely good eats!

    3:48 pm  Jan 31st, 2009
  80. claudia (cook eat FRET)

    moon over miami…

    9:47 am  Feb 2nd, 2009
  81. Tony

    You can make Valentine’s Day heart shapes with a shot glass and a knife – for guys (like me) that find the day a little intimidating, it’s a good way to show your feeelings

    8:58 pm  Feb 7th, 2009
  82. Jodi

    I have never seen this before! I feel so betrayed! Love the idea. My hubbie loves his fried eggs on Sat mornings. He is going to really love this! Thanks for sharing! Yummo!

    2:49 pm  Feb 9th, 2009
  83. sarah

    Always had them with maple syrup. Ridiculously good.
    My mother calls them rocky mountains.

    8:07 pm  Feb 9th, 2009
  84. Karen

    I always made these for my daughter when she was young. Now she makes them for *her* daughter! We call them Sunny Eggs because the yolk looks like the sun!

    3:12 pm  Feb 10th, 2009
  85. Mata H

    One Eyed Egyptians was what my father always called them. And he would top them off with sauteed onions and American cheese.

    5:35 pm  Feb 12th, 2009
  86. MedicDave

    My father has been making these for the last 30 plus years, and we learned them as “Bull’s Eyes” in Texas, and I loved it that they were featured in V for Vendetta….

    5:12 pm  Feb 14th, 2009
  87. Barbara

    My Grandma had been making those for 50 years, and called them “eggs in a nest”. But the heart shape was really really cute, and made for an egg-celent presentation on Valentine’s Day morning for my husband!! Great Idea!!!

    5:53 am  Feb 17th, 2009
  88. Lindsey

    One of my roommates calls them Jesus Eggs.
    What a fun post ๐Ÿ™‚

    8:25 am  Feb 19th, 2009
  89. Margaret

    I learned how to make this from Kids Cooking, a cookbook I had when I was a child. In that book they’re called “Eggs in a Frame.” I thought it was the coolest thing EVER.

    The book is still in print:

    9:59 pm  Feb 20th, 2009
  90. Roy

    I grew up on these things ๐Ÿ™‚

    They were “killop eggs” (phonetically) in our family. I’ve heard others around here (New Zealand) call them “egg windows”.

    6:45 pm  Feb 22nd, 2009
  91. Cory

    I feel obligated to chime in now as I have heard a different name for these! My old flatmate used to call it egg on a raft– I’d argue with her about it because my dad always called it egg in a hole, which I think is more apt.

    3:36 pm  Feb 25th, 2009
  92. Kristin

    These are amazing. My grandmother has made them for us as long as I can remember, but we call them “Eggs in the Middle”. Very straightforward, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I have since learned to make them and they are THE best Saturday breakfast.

    Also, Margeret, we found them as “Eggs in a Frame” in the Kids Cooking cookbook as well, but we had already been making them for years. I remember that book being the most amazing thing ever when I was younger. ๐Ÿ˜€ lol

    12:45 pm  Feb 26th, 2009
  93. Jen

    My family called these “One Eyed Mikes”. So good!

    Your posts are great!

    9:17 pm  Mar 17th, 2009
  94. halfstack

    My mom first gave me “Moonstruck toast” for breakfast about twenty-five years ago. Just this morning I did up a variation toasted in olive oil with shredded cheese and green onions on top. I’ve thrown just about everything into that hole with the egg and it’s fabulous every time. Thanks for the post.

    11:31 am  Apr 19th, 2009
  95. Valorie Peterson

    Oh thank you. I just stumbled upon your website and made your buttermilk biscuits – fabulous. And who would have “thunk” it – putting the egg under the broiler to finish instead of trying to flip it, have the yolk break, etc. ! You’re a genius! Thank you!

    3:38 pm  Apr 19th, 2009
  96. bj patterson

    Years ago at a garage sale I found a chicken shaped cookie cutter, and I use it for making these ever since. Bread has to be a little big to do it. I especially like this with sourdough bread (something I first tried at a Cracker Barrel restaurant).

    7:52 pm  Apr 20th, 2009
  97. Matt

    We always called them “Hole In Ones!” Loved reading all the different names!

    4:44 pm  Jun 1st, 2009
  98. Nadia

    They were called Egg on a Rock at my house, and I have a very distinct memory of when I was 2 years old and my brother came to get me out of my crib and told me that our mother was making us Eggs on a Rock and I was totally confused.

    11:11 pm  Jul 4th, 2009
  99. Stephanie

    My mom would take the ‘hole’ of the bread and fry it, then put it on top of the finished dish…. thereby making it “egg with a hat on it”

    1:06 pm  Sep 25th, 2009
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  101. Celeste

    My family called the Love Nests.

    2:20 pm  Nov 15th, 2009
  102. Arturo C.

    I love the egg in a nest it is fun to make, i can’t wait to make these in christmas morning for me and my family ๐Ÿ™‚

    9:37 pm  Dec 17th, 2009
  103. amber

    I’ve had this before and my friend called it camp-style eggs. it was delicious!!

    5:19 pm  Jan 2nd, 2010
  104. annbb

    Grew up in the early ’60’s calling them one-eyed Egyptians. They were also featured in that Cher and Olympia Dukakis (sp) movie, Moonstruck. All I know is I LOVE them.

    9:17 pm  Feb 11th, 2010
  105. glen

    Our family call them One Eyed Egyptian sandwich, (Australia)
    and we called them that for 60 years,

    A tip, butter both sides of bread (use toast thickness bread), I cut the hole with egg cup or shot glass,Put bread in pan and cook both sides untill light brown, Then add a small nob of butter in hole then egg,( lower heat ) lift egg/bread, add another small nob of butter in pan and turn egg/bread so the yolk lines up with butter nob.
    I like to eat ’em with tomato sauce and Chlli sauce (the thick chinese kind)

    5:37 am  Feb 25th, 2010
  106. Holly K

    Another whose dear old Dad made these for us as children. We LOVED them and I still make them from time to time. Egg In the Hole to us. We used whichever cookie cutter we fancied that day for the hole and fried up the cut out as well. What is different from others that I’ve read is that we would fry bacon first, keep it warm in the oven, fry one side of the bread and cutouts in the bacon grease, flip them, break the egg into the hole and cook until the eggs were how everyone liked them. Hardly a low fat dish but they are so YUM. I still make them from time to time, always remembering my Daddy as I’m cooking.

    10:52 am  May 26th, 2010
  107. Joan Hansen

    These are known as “Egyptian Eyes” in my family. I agree that the separately fried circle is a tremendous treat. Also, I am older and have hand tremors. Making eggs this way ensures that I don’t break my yolks while turning it over.

    4:18 pm  Jun 7th, 2010
  108. Kaitlyn

    We always called these Snake Eyes ๐Ÿ˜€ Had this just yesterday.

    7:16 pm  Jul 12th, 2010
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  111. Britt Nilsson

    My mom called them “Chicken on a Raft”. I like cooking them in butter fortified with a little EVOO or canola oil. You can cook ’em quicker without burning the butter as easily. I’ve loved them since I was a kid fifty something years ago. I put some ketchup on the side… (Adds another food group, right?)

    1:44 pm  Feb 10th, 2011
  112. Vicky

    We call them Angels eyes..used to make them often when my children were small. Toad in the hole is sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter to a Brit.

    7:33 pm  Apr 27th, 2011
  113. christal

    One eyed sailor is what ive always called them.

    9:50 pm  Sep 12th, 2011
  114. juliette

    Can you bake these instead of fry them? I dont fry.

    4:04 pm  Mar 16th, 2014
  115. Georgina

    Hi Juliette,
    They don’t really bake well. To bake eggs you need a moist base really like a ratatouille for example.

    5:18 am  Mar 17th, 2014
  116. Peggy

    if you’re making this for yourself, fold the bread in half gently and just bite a hole in the middle of the folded edge!

    2:44 pm  Oct 31st, 2014
  117. RhodaRoo

    This is so funny. I just made these for my boyfriend, and he had never heard of them! They were known as One Eyed Swedes in our family, and we had them after midnight services every Christmas Eve with broiled grapefruit. A true act of love is giving up the little, delicious fried circle to someone else at the table.

    8:29 am  Nov 9th, 2014
  118. jess

    My mom and I call them egg on an island. We usually make the hole just big enough for the yoke fit in then the egg white soaks into the bread. Egg and toast all in one! What more can you want?

    8:51 am  Feb 12th, 2015
  119. Raja Makan

    How to put the egg at the center of bread ? Best food for breakfast.

    11:45 pm  Feb 15th, 2015
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  121. Sam Andreski

    There is a seasoning called All-Purpose Pleasoning its kind of a season salt that goes GREAT on these

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