I was reminising with my neighbor yesterday afternoon at the pool. We were talking about different childhood memories that each of us had. She said she remembers eating Egg in the hole for breakfast as a child. I said that I remember my Dad making that for us too; but we called it Toad in the hole. At that time, a couple more ladies came and joined our conversation. One called it Birdies in a nest and the other called it Pirate Eye Eggs. When I got back home, I did some research because I thought it was so funny how the 4 of us were talking about the exact same recipe and all of our families called it something different!
Just for fun, here are some other names I found that refers to the same recipe: One Eyed Jacks, Bunny in a Basket, One Eye Eggs, Frog in a Pond, Eggs in a Basket, Egg Nests, Egg in a Toast, Chicken in a basket, Eggs in a Frame, Eggs in the Window, Powder Puff Eggs, Frogs on a Log. I am sure that there are more names out there. Feel free to comment on what your family called these!
I did in research, find out that Toad in the Hole is incorrect. Toad in the Hole is actually a traditional English dish made by adding sausage to Yorkshire Pudding.
Anyway, whatever you may call these – this is how I remember my Dad making them.
Butter both sides of a piece of bread (like you would a grilled cheese). Take a small juice glass and cut out a circle in the middle of the bread. Set aside the “hole” (we used to fight over these, just brown them in the pan on each side until crispy).
Place your bread in a skillet or if you are making a lot of these, use a griddle! Carefully crack an egg in the “hole” season with salt and pepper. When the bottom of the bread is toasted, flip and toast the other side!