Gashouse Eggs

For an old-time comfort food, there's no beating an egg and bread fried together in one delicious, picture-perfect package. The names are many but in my family, they’re called ‘Gashouse Eggs’ – well, except when they’re called Kellogg Eggs.

When my sister started kindergarten, our mother went back to work and our dad went back to the kitchen. Dad cooked breakfast every single day – without resorting to pop-tarts, cornflakes or even peanut butter toast.

Instead he followed his dad-designed Breakfast Plan, a two-week rotation listed on yellow-lined paper Scotch-taped inside the cupboard beside the stove. Oatmeal. Fried eggs and scrambled too. Every other Friday, hamburger patties with tomato soup -- yes, this pair for breakfast!

My favorite was Gashouse Eggs Day, when Dad dropped an egg into a slice of bread with a hole in the center and fried em up til crisp. Fried eggs ‘n’ toast – now that’s breakfast!

Others call an egg fried inside a slice of bread an ‘egg in a hole’ or a ‘toad in a hole’ or ‘hobo eggs’. (See all the funny names for Gashouse Eggs!) But in my family, eggs fried with bread are ever and always called Gashouse Eggs – well, except when they’re called Kellogg Eggs, the name assigned by my dad’s friend of 70-some years.

When I was down with a cold after Christmas, Dad cooked gashouse eggs for breakfast one morning. He waved away the bacon grease, explaining, “I use butter for gashouse eggs because that's what Mom did,” – meaning not ‘my mother’, mind you, but his, my grandmother. Talk about generations of comfort: I felt immediately on the mend.

GASHOUSE EGGS

Great, no matter the name
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 15 minutes
Serves 1
  • Soft butter
  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Heat a skillet on medium. Lightly butter both sides of the bread. With a small knife, cut a circle about two inches wide from the center of the slice. Drop the bread slice into the skillet. (Do fry the cutout too, some people like it best!) Put a little butter in the center, then crack an egg into the hole. Season with salt and pepper, then fry until the bottom side is golden and crispy. With a spatula, flip over and cook until done. Transfer to a serving plate with the cutout served alongside for dipping into the yolk.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Assumes 1/2 tablespoon butter: 209 Calories; 10g Tot Fat; 5g Sat Fat; 226mg Cholesterol; 283mg Sodium; 16g Carb; 1g Fiber; 2g Sugar; 10g Protein; Weight Watchers 4 points
FUN VARIATIONS:
Mexican Gashouse Eggs: Substitute a tortilla for the bread, add salsa and cheese.
Gashouse Eggs for Lovers: Cut a heart-shaped piece of bread from the center.
Piggly Wiggly Gashouse Eggs: Substitute bacon grease for butter.
Grilled Cheese Gashouse Eggs: Use two slices of bread, slipping thin slices of cheese between the slices before cutting out the center.

HA! Just check out all the funny names for Gashouse Eggs! Egg in the Basket. Egg in a Window. Egg in the Hole. Pirate's Eye. Toad in the Hole. Adam and Eve on a Raft. Bird's Nest. Bull's Eye. Cave Entrance. Camel's Eye. Eagle Eye. Egg-Holey-O. Egg Castorini. Egg in a Blanket. Egg in a Frame. Egg in a Hat and Coat. Egg in Bed. Egg in a Nest. Eggy Toast. Eye of the Beholder. Gaslight Eggs. Hobo Toast. Hobo Eggs. Nest Eggs. O'Johnnies. Submarine Egg. Victory Egg. Rocky Mountain Toast. Yolky Pokey. Hole in One. Man in a Boat. One-Eyed Jacks. Baby in a Hole. Gasthaus Eggs. Eggs in a Bonnet. Bird's Nest Eggs. Knothole Eggs. Moon Over Miami, from the Betty Grable movie. Ox Eye Eggs. Chicky in a Nest. Navy Eggs. Breakfast Bulls Eyes. Egg in a Basket. Egg in the Middle. Sunlets. Boy Scout Eggs. And now – one more name won’t hurt, surely – Kellogg Eggs.

Gashouse Eggs, just like my dad and my gramma used to make

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Great! My dad made them for us kids every Sunday morning; he called them One Eyed Sandwiches.
 
What a great post! A walk down memory lane--only we called them "eggs in a frame". Your dad is way cool. I like his method of having two weeks of breakfast menus.
 
I'm 63 and have eaten these since I was a kid. I had never heard of any of these names except for "Toad in hole". Ours were always referred to as:
"Mexican One Eyes"
 
Sally, RtA and Thomas ~ I do so love that in three comments, we have two new names for these things. Who could know? I wonder if there is any other food which carries so many identities.
 
Our family calls them "Pop-eye Eggs." A real kid favorite!
 
By reckoning, that's 50, Kalyn!

Shall we go for 60?!
 
Yes...go for 60..."egg in a basket" was my daughter's favorite favorite breakfast and I look back on those days of cooking them for her with great fondness...This was a few years ago...I can't tell you her age but I recently told her "I'm comfortable about my age but I've started lying about yours!" Needless to say this was not appreciated. My granddaughter Madi (5) is a huge fan of egg in a basket too...
best, S
 
It's me again, although we called them eggs in a frame, I've also heard them called "unidentified frying objects". That's pretty cute.
 
My father called them "spit in the ocean." Hmmmm.
 
They were "eggs in a nest" at our house - but whatever the names, they're always delicious! Lovely story and better comfort food.
 
My father called them egg in a basket - and I'll bet I haven't had one since I was a kid. Thanks for the reminder.
 
Egg-in-the-hole was our name, which I'm sure was what my mom's parents called it, too. Whenever I'm hungry and want a bit of nostalgia, this is one of the things I turn to. I still eat it pretty regularly! :)

I liked reading the other names people use - eggs in a basket, one eyed sandwiches...fun stuff!

My parents also insisted on butter, as my dad did for making grilled cheese sandwiches. It just isn't the same otherwise...
 
Thanks much for sending the article. I really enjoyed being reminded of the famous "Kellogg Egg". I think the first time your dad introduced me to that particular culinary specialty was in the late fall of 1946 in an 8ftx12ft pulpwood cutter's shack in northern Minnesota. We were cutting popple and of course doing our own cooking. As I recall, his method of making the hole in the bread was merely to fold the slice in half and take a bite out of the middle. This technique was more in keeping with our crude surroundings and saved on use of utensils. I'm sure he used the more refined approach as described in your article when cooking back home in a civilized kitchen.

My wife and I had a breakfast this morning of a plain old fried egg and toast sandwich. If we had read your article before eating, it would surely have been a Kellogg Egg!!!!
 
When my husband and I were newly married, he kept asking me to make him a fried egg sandwich. A fried egg or two between two pieces of buttered toast with mayonnaise and catsup.
I made them, but went 'ewwww' as I served them.
Until I made one for myself. Instant LOVE!. Instant gratification. Better than the 'eggs in a frame' my Dad used to make for us. (It's gotta be a 'guy thing', making fried eggs that way. Yes? He was a cook in the army, by the way.)
We have since evolved into using salsa instead of catsup, and/or adding a splash of Tabasco if we use just plain catsup, mmmm.
Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Think I am going to head for the kitchen and making myself one, maybe even one for hubby......he's been a good boy. Got me a new fridge two days ago to replace the non-cooling 22-year old fridge that the freezer died a week earlier. Lost over a thousand in meat. Ya, I know, ouch. But the new fridge is smaller, and that is just fine with me.
The door 'beeps' when you have had it open too long. Love it, love it, love it.
 
OK - here's another one. DH calls them "hole in the head bread". And, of course, that's what the grandson calls them now. I never knew there were so many names for such a simple meal.

BTW, I laughed out loud when I read Russ' memory of your dad folding the bread in half and taking a bite out of it to make the hole. So funny!!

Oh, and I use different shaped cookie cutters to make the hole. Keeps it interesting. LOL
 
Like Lydia, I grew up eating these as "spits in the ocean". Not sure where the colorful name comes from, but I still use it from time to time. I got tired of explaining it to my roommates, though, and now I mostly just refer to it as egg-in-toast.
 
My parents never made these; they're something I learned about as an adult. Name: Toad in a Hole or Egg in a Frame. I often get the yolk cooked too hard, which I don't like. This morning? Perfection! Runny yolk and perfectly browned bread.

Sally
 
I had these for breakfast today! SO delicious!

Way better than the oatmeal you convinced me to start eating every morning for the last month! (Mock sulk)
 
My English Mum called these "Hoppy Eggs" I loved the way the bread was buttery crisp. Yum, haven't had one for years!
 
We call it Sunshine Toast, and it's always a hit for breakfast.
 
I have two more names for Gashouse Eggs for you …

My mom called them “Danish Eggs” (no idea why) and my sister’s kids call them “One-Eyed Monsters”…
 
I grew up with this dish. My dad always called it a one-eyed jack as do my kids who have also grown up on the gashouse egg!
 
I just discovered this a few days ago and started making my eggs this way. So delicious. Have tried with 2 different types of bread so far. The name variations are hysterical!
 
Just had to add my mom's name for these - "Moonstruck eggs" (from the movie).
 

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