I know that Toad in a Hole means something completely different to people over in Europe where this recipe consists of sausages cooked in Yorkshire Pudding. But to most of us here in the Midwestern United States, Toad in a Hole is an egg that has been sautéed inside a slice of bread where a hole was removed from the center. It is a simple dish, giving you that perfect dunking bread already there and waiting to be slathered in the runny yoke the moment a tine of your fork hits the egg. It takes no time to make and is, well, wonderfully delicious. Plus kids and adults always seem to get a kick out of it!
Toad in a Hole- Midwestern Style
2 slices bread per person
2 eggs per person
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
fresh chives to garnish
Using a shot glass or a small biscuit cutter, cut a hole in the center of each slice of bread. Butter both sides of bread as you would for a grilled cheese sandwich. Be sure to butter the circles you just removed from the breads, they are great dippers for the runny eggs!
Place the bread into a nonstick pan and "grill" at medium low heat until just golden. Flip bread and very carefully break the egg into the hole. The yoke should fill it nicely. Season each egg with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Allow to cook until you get the eggs to your preferred doneness. I like to lightly cover my pan with foil to set the yoke just a bit more. If you don't like a runny egg at all, just leave the foil on the pan to your perfection. Carefully remove the Egg's in a Hole to each person's plate, garnish and enjoy! Serve along side some fresh fruit and crispy bacon.
I know there are all sorts of other names for this fun dish. What do you call it in your neck of the woods?!