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Egg in the Basket

Egg in the basket from Go Gingham

Thanks to my husband for sharing this recipe. He loves to make this egg in the basket for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Growing up, my dad would make this for us on Sunday mornings. Our cousins called it “Popeye Toast,” others called it “Egg in the hole,” but to us, it was always “Egg in the Basket.”

This is a delicious, all in one breakfast that is fun and easy to make. You can expand on the basic “egg and bread” combination by adding cheese and pan seared piece ham on top.

As I’ve gotten older – and lazier in the kitchen – I’ve thought, “Why not just toast the bread and slap a fried egg on top?” This would take all the fun out of it.

Egg in the basket from Go Gingham

Our backyard chickens’ laid the eggs for this recipe.

Egg in the Basket
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Brad Tetreault
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Serves: 1
This can get eaten anytime of the day – not just breakfast.
  1. Heat oil/melt butter in pan [url href=”” target=”_blank”](be sure to use your cast iron!)[/url] over medium heat
  2. Cut out a hole in bread slightly larger than the size of an egg. Use a butter knife to make the hole – or you can use a cookie cutter.
  3. Place bread and cut out section in pan and toast on one side.
  4. Crack egg into hollowed out center of bread slice.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Once egg looks cooked mostly through, use a spatula to flip bread/egg.
  7. Cook for about 2 more minutes to toast other side of bread.
  8. Replace toasted cut out bread piece on top of egg/bread.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
This can easily be made into a meal with avocado slices or cheese on top. There’s also nothing wrong with serving bacon on this!

Kids can make this for breakfast, too.

Egg in the basket from Go Gingham

This is one of the first dishes I taught our kids to make. It’s a fun and easy to get kids cooking. They love to make this for an after school snack – and their favorite way to top it off? Caramelized onions.

Do you have a special name for this egg and bread combination?

Go Gingham related links:

Grilled vegetables – on the grill – great for summer
The tangiest, yummiest BBQ sauce ever!
Egg salad sandwiches – you’ll wish you had chickens
Shrimp and quinoa salad – a summer favorite

3 thoughts on “Egg in the Basket

  1. A close friend loves this dish and convinced (easily) the cook at Cafe Stephanie’s at Nye Beach in Newport (Or) to make it for him. So if you ever venture down to Newport be sure to breakfast at Cafe Stephanie’s – they use a circle cut out but I am sure the taste is the same!


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