Eggs in a Basket

DSC_0371RECIPE #454, DAY #627


ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Toad in a Hole” from Frogette at*

TIMING: 10 minutes

DIFFICULTY: Not the easiest thing you’ve done all day, and not the hardest

TOOLS: Griddle or griddle pan, spatula, biscuit cutter (or something similar)

COOK TYPE: Stovetop/griddle

HEALTH: You could do worse, having an egg with toast for breakfast (like cereal, for example). If you use a nice, grainy bread and a conscientious egg, even better. This is quick and easy (once you have made it a few times), so you might even be able to manage it before school or work.

EXPERIENCE: There are, apparently, two versions of Toad In a Hole, which also goes by the name Frog in the Hole, Eggs in a Basket, One-Eyed Jack, Hole in One, and many other things. In other words, it’s just one of those things that gets called whatever your mom and grandma called it, and Toad in the Hole got its wires crossed with the British Toad in a Hole, which is a more specific breakfast casserole involving sausage. They are related, but not enough that they shouldn’t have two different names. I have recipes for both, but this is the version I think of when I hear Toad In a Hole. Perhaps I should change what I call it to a One-Eyed Jack.

NOTES: Cheese is optional.

My photos are terrible, because I used the wrong size cutter and was too tired to deal with it.


  1. Preheat a large griddle to medium-low. Meanwhile, use a biscuit cutter to cut the center out of 6 pieces of sliced bread.
  2. Butter the griddle, then place the bread slices in rows. Cook until nice and golden, then turn over. Immediately crack 6 eggs, 1 into each hole, then salt and pepper. Optionally, top with 6 slices of cheddar cheese. (To melt the cheese, you may need to cover briefly with a domed lid.)
  3. Toast the bread holes off to the side. Cook until the eggs are set, then top with the bread hole and serve.


Serve with bacon or sausage, OJ or coffee, obviously, but thick slices of primo tomato would be even better.

LEFTOVER IDEAS: You only want to make as many of these as you are going to eat right away.

*Recipe changed from the original.


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