Egg in a Nest


From Egg in a hole, Toad in a Hole and Eggy in a Basket to Hobo Eggs, it seems that everyone calls this breakfast treat by a different name. But from now on I will call it Egg in a Nest thanks to a comment left on my Flickr photo! An egg tucked into a piece of bread and fried? Prior to 2006, I had never heard of such a thing. The first time I saw it was not in a kitchen but inside a movie theater. Actually, it was in a kitchen in the movie. V for Vendetta to be exact. Of course I didn’t realize that it was something that people actually ate in the real world. It looked very odd and I couldn’t figure out how the egg got into the bread! Of course I feel pretty silly now because it’s so simple to make! Thanks to my friend Nicki for the tutorial!

The first time I made this, I used homemade bread and I was able to cut some nice thick slices of bread. The thicker the bread, the smaller the hole needs to be. You can cut the hole with a knife, a small glass, a biscuit cutter, or anything else that you find handy. Or you can just tear a hole out of the center with your hands. It’s up to you, it’s your breakfast! T’his time around, I used a biscuit cutter to make a fairly large hole because the bread wasn’t very thick. It worked perfectly. I buttered one side of the bread, placed the dry side down in a buttered cast iron skillet, cracked an egg into the hole, sprinkled with a little salt and a lot of freshly ground black pepper and let it sizzle away for a few minutes. From here you can do one of two things. When the egg starts to set, you can carefully flip the bread over and cook it to your liking. Or, you can pop the whole pan under the broiler for a minute or two. This time around, I chose the latter and it worked rather well. I think I’ll stick with the broiler method from now on!

It’s nice to start the day off with a smile so whether you’re cooking for the kids or just tired of another boring breakfast alone, fry up some Eggs in a Nest and have fun!


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  1. 1
    joyce Says:

    We call them Mexican Sandwiches for some reason. I’m not sure who first showed me how to make them but we enjoy them often, and the piece cut out from the middle is fried beside the rest and is the best tasting bit of all.

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    rachel Says:

    Looks yummy…my husband made one with a star shape in the middle. I had never heard of it either!

  3. 3
    connie Says:

    egg in a basket in my family. your picture is bringing back fond memories of childhood sunday mornings!

  4. 4
    leslier Says:

    Mmmmm, yummy! Love your photos, they make my mouth water. Can’t wait to try out your chocolate beet muffin recipe!

  5. 5
    Haley Says:

    Eggs in a basket for us too, Connie! Dad used to make these ALL the time for us when we were little. My favorite part was using a glass to cut out the middle, then eating the circle. He would sometimes put a Kraft single on top.

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    peabody Says:

    Yeah, they are a Toad in A Hole to me.

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    misslionheart Says:

    Great site. I’ve added you to my favourite blogs

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    amanda Says:

    nicole, while i didn’t learn about these little devils this year, it wasn’t too long ago for me. when i was in college i worked (for a very short period of time) at the chain restaurant Cracker Barrel and they had toad in a hole on there menu. This was the first i’d ever heard of it! you know, to this day i’ve still never tried it, although i don’t really know why, considering how much i enjoy fried eggs and toast! again, you’ve done a fantastic job of making something so simple look so elegant!

  9. 9
    Alanna Says:

    “Gashouse eggs” when I was growing up, they were (are) my Dad’s specialty, Thursdays, as I recall.

  10. 10
    Pearl Says:

    I love egg in a hole. You photographed it so well too. Wonder how you got along as far in life as you had without coming across it. πŸ™‚

    Love your new header image.

  11. 11
    Brilynn Says:

    I was just looking at a recipe for this! You beat me to it!

  12. 12
    aria Says:

    hi nicole, i love your blog the pics are stunning! i1st i heard if it was in V too. looks so delicious i cant wait to try it a whole bunch of times:)

  13. 13
    Sister B. Says:

    Hi Nicole,
    I’ve never heard about this before, neither seen it. But I LOVE toast and eggs, and can’t wait to try it. Thx a lot!

  14. 14
    jeannette Says:

    this is the only breakfast my dad ever makes! i’ve been eating this since i was little and love every bite of it. on those special days, my dad even covers the whole thing with a slice of thin cheddar. melty goodness!

  15. 15
    Kristen Says:

    This was one of my mom’s favorite things to make us for breakfast growing up. Very nice photos!

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    eyespi20 Says:

    Looks absolutely yummy and I’ll be making it for breakfast real soon! I would imagine little ones would enjoy this served to them as well.


  17. 17
    joey Says:

    That looks great! I have actually never tried this but I love eggs so I will πŸ™‚ (I remember it from V for Vendetta too…)

  18. 18


    this is a terrific idea for those days when I arrive home too tired to actually cook.
    You don’t know how much I love eggs. lol

  19. 19
    misslionheart Says:

    I don’t like eggs, but will make it for my four children! πŸ˜†

  20. 20
    Sandy Says:

    Mainers call them Nest Eggs. Very close to your name.

  21. 21
    fanny Says:

    Hi Nicole,
    these look utterly delicious. I think i’m going to make some for tomorrow’s breakfast!

    – fanny

  22. 22
    Thomas Says:

    Helping prepare my first Christmas meal. Any suggestions?

  23. 23
    Jason Says:

    Oddly enough, my mom made me one of those last time I visited. She didnt have a name for it, but she had never made it before. At least not while I lived at home. My dad likes it too, but since he can’t eat them a lot because of his heart, he has to wait until I visit so mom will make them. Poor guy.

    Also, I forgot to ask for one of those “damn sandwiches.”

  24. I would totally love this!

  25. 25
    sarah Says:

    Toad in the Hole is sausages in yorkshire pudding to me (and most brits I think). I first saw this on V for vendetta too πŸ˜€

    I wonder if I can eat it though, since I can’t eat egg whites (I generally separate and poach the yolks). I bet the yolks’d spread out just fine in a smaller hole πŸ™‚

  26. 26
    Bethany Says:


    My childhood name for them was Egg on Toast. I guess it’s pretty descriptive and simple, but it stuck for me. Thanks for the reminder of an old favorite, we’ll have to do it again soon.

    p.s. the cheesecake looks appetizing, but I really loved that photo of tomatoes you used to have as your header! Thanks for a great site that I keep coming back to.

  27. 27
    Rebekka Says:

    Your blogs’s so cute. Love it!

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    janet Says:

    Never tried this till I saw your post. It turned out well.
    We live off grid so hate to use the toaster, big energy sucker. This solves my toast dilemma nicely.

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    Ruby Says:

    I love your sights new look Nicole, wonderfully festive! πŸ™‚

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    elle Says:

    this was my dad’s specialty as well-it brings back many good memories especially since he died last year…i make this for my kids now and we renamed it pookie…i don’t know why.
    My kids love this.

  31. 31
    Amanda P Says:

    This may sound like a silly question but do you have to use a cast iron skillet? I went through a phase where all I cooked with was cast iron then I threw them all away! I was so stupid when I was younger because I wish I had them back!
    This looks very tasty and my Husband would love to eat these on the weekend!

  32. Threw away an old cast iron skillet ? :0 Skillet Abuse is punishable in Alabama.
    We called them nest eggs growing up…haven’t had one in years. Sounds yummy!

  33. 33
    Cyndi Says:

    We always called them “Eye of Zeus” although I have no idea where that name came from!

  34. 34
    experienceaurie Says:

    That looks so tasty!

  35. 35
    Scott Says:

    me too – first time in the same movie – I mean!

    Just a nice (yummy) spin on eggs and toast – plus you can munch the bread round while you wait!

  36. 36
    Charyene Says:

    It looks so tasty!!!
    Gonna try it the next morning!

  37. 37
    Kath Says:

    We called them ‘Egg in a Hat’.

    Lovely blog you have here πŸ™‚

  38. 38
    Madeline Says:

    Rachael Ray calls them Birds in a Nest and I have categorized them in my Beyond My Skill Level category of recipes. There’s just something about it that I can’t seem to do correctly! Next time I will plop my computer on the counter and follow your instructions. Maybe if I just read it a different way….

  39. 39
    Carl Says:

    Thank you, thank you! I had completely forgotten about these things (Toad in a hole, where I came from) The cook used to make ’em for us, working on the boats up in Alaska. Home away from home comfort food. I will revive them for my daughter!

  40. 40
    Nicki Says:

    Congratulations for being such a brilliant blogger/photographer/chef/rad chick! I’m so proud of you and I love the elegance of your blog. Hurray!!

  41. 41
    andie Says:

    we call them eggs in a basket, and it is easily one of my fav breakfasts!

  42. 42
    kn Says:

    we call them framed eggs where i’m from – been eating these since i was a kid!

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    Doreen Says:

    I’ve been making this breakfast treat ever since I saw Olympia Dukakis making it in the movie “Moonstruck” for breakfast for Cher. Great romantic movie and gives you a peek about Italian family structure. In the movie, Olympia (who plays the mother) makes her eggs in a basket with Italian bread and puts red peppers on top. Deliciouso!

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    Sandy Says:

    You just took me back about 55 years when my Dad would cook breakfast for us – what wonderful memories. Thank you, I am really enjoying looking at your blog – love your pictures. Thanks again.

  45. 45

    Wow, so glad I found your blog through (StumbleUpon)! Thanks for this easy and fun recipe- my little boy is going to love this :o)

  46. 46
    Marlene Says:

    These are bull’s eye eggs!

  47. 47
    Ralph Says:

    They were always called egg in a hat in my family – the cur out hole was toasted on the side and placed on top of the egg for serving – thus the hat!

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