Egg in the basket

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Egg in the basket
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Egg in the basket with a "hat" or "lid"
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientsBread, eggs

Egg in the basket—also known by many other names—is an egg fried in a hole in a slice of bread.

Description[edit]

The dish consists of a slice of bread with an egg in the middle, fried with butter or oil.[1][2][3] It is commonly prepared by cutting a circular or square hole in the center of a piece of bread, which may be buttered. The bread is fried in a pan with butter, margarine, cooking oil, or other fat. At some point, an egg is cracked into the hole in the bread. When the egg is added to the bread determines how well-done the egg and bread will be relative to each other in the final product. The pan may be covered and the bread flipped while on the heat to obtain even cooking. A waffle or bagel (with a large enough hole) can also be substituted for the slice of bread.[4][5]

Scrambled egg version

Names and appearances in pop culture[edit]

There are many names for the dish, including "bullseye eggs", "eggs in a frame", "egg in a hole", "eggs in a nest", "gashouse eggs", "gashouse special", "gasthaus eggs", "hole in one", "one-eyed Jack", "one-eyed Pete", "pirate's eye", and "popeye".[6][7][8][9] The name "toad in the hole" is sometimes used for this dish,[6] though in the UK that name more commonly refers to sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter.

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. It is prepared by both Hugo Weaving and Stephen Fry's characters in the 2005 film V for Vendetta, the latter referring to it as "eggy in the basket". Other film appearances include Moonstruck (1987) and The Meddler (2016).

On television, the dish is referred to in a 1996 episode of Friends as "eggs with the bread with the hole in the middle, à la me!" by the character Joey Tribbiani. In the seventh episode of season two of Lucifer, it is prepared with Hawaiian bread and oyster leaves. Other television appearances include Frasier (1993), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2019), Atypical (2019), and Once Upon A Time Season 3 episode 6 (2013). [10][11]

Author Roald Dahl wrote numerous times of his fondness for the dish, which he referred to as "hot-house eggs."[12][13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Books, Madison. 1,001 Foods to Die For. Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-0-7407-7043-2.
  2. ^ Schrank, Rita (1998). Science, Math and Nutrition for Toddlers: Setting the Stage for Serendipity. Humanics Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-89334-280-7.
  3. ^ Morgan, Jodie (2004). The Working Parents Cookbook: More Than 200 Recipes for Great Family Meals. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-8118-3685-2.
  4. ^ AEB.org page: "Fried Egg in Toast recipe."
  5. ^ AuntiBagel.com: "The Elephant Egg Bagel Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine."
  6. ^ a b "A Way with Words - Names for an Egg in Toast Dish".
  7. ^ Serious Eats (22 June 2009). "Egg in Toast: What Do You Call It?".
  8. ^ "Eggs in a Nest inspired by Lots of Stuff". Binging With Babish. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  9. ^ Stein, "The Kids' Kitchen Takeover", Workman Publishing Co., 1975, ISBN 0-911104-45-3
  10. ^ "Ariel". Once Upon A Time. Season 3. Episode 6. November 3, 2013. ABC.
  11. ^ "Space Quest". Frasier. Season 1. Episode 2. September 23, 1993. CBS.
  12. ^ Dahl, Roald. D Is for Dahl.
  13. ^ Dahl, Roald. Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes.
  14. ^ Dahl, Felicity; Dahl, Roald (November 1, 1991). Memories with Food at Gipsy House.