Now that mornings are getting cooler and I tend to want something a little more warm and substantial for breakfast I love to fry up a couple eggs instead of yogurt or cereal. My Mom didn’t make these much for us, and would use Italian bread like my Grandmother did and not sandwich bread, but for some reason they make me feel like a kid. They are super fun and you can do a million things with them, add bacon, ham, hot sauce, the options are endless. Whatever you call them, egg in a hole, toad in a hole, egg in a basket and so on, they are delicious and people always love them. This morning I made them for Jay and I and with a cup of coffee or tea, it’s a pretty good start to the day…
What you will need:
- 2 Eggs
- 2 pieces of bread (any kind)
- 2 pieces of cheese (any kind)
- salt and pepper
- Get all your ingredients out – You have to work pretty quickly once you start so I’d recommend getting everything out first.
- In a large frying pan, melt a couple tablespoons of butter on medium to high heat. Don’t be shy here, you want enough butter to coat your bread so it will toast up nicely in the pan.
- Lay your bread slices in the pan on one side to coat with butter then turn them over onto the other side to absorb the rest. Leave them in to toast for a couple minutes, turning to get them a nice golden brown on each side.
- Take the pan off the heat for a minute and remove the bread to a cutting board. You want to cut a hole in each piece now. I use a regular drinking glass to cut the perfect size hole but you can use a cookie cutter or tupperware container, whatever you have that will work for the size of bread that you have.
- Remove the middles and put the pan back onto the heat at a medium setting and lay the bread back into the pan. Press them down a little to make sure they are making contact with the surface.
- Crack an egg into each of the holes.
- Add some salt and pepper and let them cook for about 2 minutes. At this point you could also crumble some cooked bacon over the top or some cooked spinach, or ham, or salsa!
- Gently flip them over and cook on the other side for another minute or two depending on how soft you like your yolks. I like them a little runny and rich for this one because it soaks into the bread. Ohhhhh…
- Lay a piece of cheese over the top of the bread and let it melt. You can also add your middles from the bread back to the pan to heat them up again if they have gotten cool.
- Once the cheese has melted, put the little circle bread “hats” back onto the eggs and serve them up!
- Oh yummy golden eggy goodness…a little hot sauce or ketchup would be divine on these too…be creative. Any way you make them, they are a quick and satisfying breakfast for everyone!