Easy Eggs in a Basket Breakfast with an egg baked into a slice of bread. The perfect easy breakfast recipe everyone loves.
Eggs in a Basket
This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes to make. It is quick, easy, and doesn't take a ton of ingredients to taste amazing. I also love that you can customize them to make fun holiday breakfasts.
This Eggs in a Basket recipe is also called Eggs in a Hole, egg in a nest, toad in a hole, eggs in a frame, or just yummy! I even heard that these are called one eyed jack or gashouse eggs.
Did you know this breakfast egg dish has appeared in movies including Moon over Miami, Moonstruck and V for Vendetta.
There are articles saying that this recipe has more than 66 different names if not more. WOAH! I do like that they can be called sunshine eggs.
What a perfect way to start the morning. Some of the names I have seen are a little random and odd so we are going to skip most of those.
I don't think any guests or family members want you to tell them that breakfast is called egg in a trashcan. LOL!
The first known mention of this breakfast recipe was in the Boston Cooking School Cookbook in the 1890's. Fannie Farmer called it "Egg with a Hat" because the center cut out was used as a hat for the eggs.
- Sliced bread
- Salt and Pepper
Toppings - Black Pepper, sriracha sauce, ketchup, or anything you love with your eggs.
Bread - You can use any type of bread that you have in the house. We love using sliced Hawaiian bread.
Butter - We tend to use unsalted butter but salted butter is great if you want the extra flavor.
Eggs - If you are wondering if your eggs are good you can use this test to tell if an egg is fresh.
Cookie Cutter - the shape is completely up to you. We use hearts for Valentine's Day, Christmas Trees for Xmas, Stars for Fourth of July, and then fun shapes the rest of the year.
For circle cuts a 2 to 2.5 inch round circle cutter works great for a standard large egg. You can also use the rim of a drinking glass if you don't have a biscuit cutter.
How to make eggs in a basket
Step 1 - Use a cookie cutter to cut out the center of the of bread. Make sure to not cut the edges of the bread so the egg is contained.
Step 2 - Butter each slice of bread and the cut out.
Step 3 - Cook the bread until golden brown on the bottom. This will take a minute or two.
Step 4 - Flip the bread once you bread has reached the desired toastiness.
Add in one egg into the center cut out. Cover the skillet and cook until the egg whites are set. Approximately 2-4 minutes.
Don’t move the egg toast until your egg is ready to be served, otherwise the yolk may break.
We like to turn the cut out pieces into mini grilled cheese sandwiches. You can cook them at the same time as the eggs in a hole or right afterwards.
You can also toast the center pieces and use them to soak up the runny yolks.
For a sweet treat turn the center cut pieces into mini cinnamon toast.
Enjoy your fun breakfast!
We use I can't believe its not butter spray to make easy buttered bread for this recipe. You can also melt butter in the bottom of the pan. Smearing butter onto the piece of bread can cause it to rip apart.
You could use pre toasted bread for this recipe but we have not tried it.
If you are not a fan of fried eggs you can add scrambled eggs to the piece of toast.
Great Breakfast Recipes
Green Eggs and Ham
Eggs in a Basket Recipe
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Slices Bread
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut center hole from each slice of bread. Spray with butter spray or add butter to both sides of the bread.
- Toast one side of the bread until golden brown in a medium heat skillet, flip bread over. Crack an egg into the center pieces. Cook until egg whites are set. Toast center pieces of the bread at the same time.
- Remove from the skillet and enjoy.