I really don’t understand why this is called toad in a hole — or egg in a basket (although, that makes more sense) or whatever else it’s been called — but I suppose the name isn’t really that important. After all, it’s just the name of something you’re about to consume, presumably because it sounds good to you.

Anyway, enough bashing on whoever came up with the name of this concoction. A few years ago, I saw Paula Deen cutting circles out of bread, toasting them on a griddle, and frying an egg in the empty hole. I was intrigued…I had never seen this done before. I thought it was an awesome idea, and kept telling myself that I should try it sometime (yes, I did say I saw her make this a few years ago). Well, I finally tried it over the weekend, and I absolutely loved it!

Here’s what you’ll need:
Serves: 1
– 2 slices of bread
– 2 eggs
– salt and pepper
– about 1 tbsp butter

Using a cup or round cookie cutter, cut a hole in the middle of each slice of bread. Make sure whatever you use to cut the hole is small enough so there is some bread and crust around the hole. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Once the surface is hot, melt the butter over the entire surface. Place each piece of toast down on the griddle and immediately crack one egg into each hole. Season the egg with salt and pepper and leave it alone until the white begins to cook. Flip the bread and the egg once the egg is about half done (just like you would a fried egg — based on how you like them cooked). It will only need to cook for a minute or two on the second side (again, depending on how you like your eggs cooked). While the eggs are cooking, make sure to toast the cutouts so you can use them to dip in the yolk. Serve with bacon or sausage and glass of juice to make a complete breakfast!

Toad in the Hole with Bacon

This was totally awesome on so many levels. It was something different, for sure, but it was also a perfect balance of eggs and toast. I’m the kind of person that has to have toast with my eggs, so for me this was a great combo. The bread got a perfect toast on it in the time it took for the egg to cook, and the yolk was the perfect consistency to sop up with the cut out piece of bread. Frying the egg in the middle of toast also made it a million times easier to flip the egg without breaking the yolk, so that was a total plus! Toads in holes will definitely be in my collection of breakfast foods from now on.

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