Have You Ever Heard of Eggs in a Basket (aka Egg in a Hole)?
You might not be alone if you've never heard of eggs in a basket. You may have heard eggs in a basket referred to by many other names. It's a simple-to-make breakfast that has been served for centuries. We did some research and found some great recipes to share!
I was scrolling social media this morning when I saw a post from my friend Nancy McCloskey. I love a good breakfast, but I'd never tried eggs cooked this way. My Mom made many breakfast combinations growing up, but never this. I was intrigued to find out more.
WHAT ARE EGGS IN A BASKET?
We've all heard the saying, "Don't Put All your Eggs in One Basket." This has nothing to do with that! There are many names for the breakfast dish, including toad-in-a-hole, frog-in-the-pond, one-eyed jack, one-eyed-pete, or gashouse eggs. There are more than 50 different aliases you may have heard. So, what are eggs in a basket? It's not that complicated! Take a slice of bread, cut a hole in the middle, add an egg in the hole, and fry it with butter or oil. That's it! Of course, you can make different variations of the dish.
I asked Nancy where this breakfast masterpiece came from!
"It was at a restaurant in Bardstown Kentucky. When I was growing up, we called them Gold Mines.", Nancy shared
It looks delicious, and I want to give it a try.
According to Wiki, the dish is also known as "Guy Kibbee eggs", due to its preparation by actor Guy Kibbee in the 1935 Warner Bros film Mary Jane's Pa. In the film, Kibbee's character refers to the dish as a “one-eyed Egyptian sandwich”. It is also called "Betty Grable eggs", from the actress’ preparation of "gashouse eggs" in the 1941 film Moon Over Miami.
The breakfast dish has made many movie and television appearances throughout the years. I feel silly not knowing what this was!
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