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.
Time to table: 15 minutes
- 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.
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.
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