Russian Toad in a Hole with a Twist

I did not hear the term toad in a hole until I moved to America but I know that my mom made me toast with a fried egg in the center for forever, or you know however old I was when I first began to retain that sort of information. Its a breakfast favorite of mine, though, admittedly, I forgot about its existence until quite recently. What sparked the desire to cut out the center of my bread, crack an egg into the hole and fry it, we may never know, but after that fine day, I was addicted, again.

Fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not one for eating the same thing day in and day out, hence I started to modify.  I’ve got a few ideas that are still in their infancy for how to fancify this simple breakfast, but I do have one that came to fruition this morning, and according to bug it was “pretty bomb”.

Here is what I did:

I looked at my giant pile of onions, acquired at Costco and decided to caramelize one of them.

Quickly deciding that this was not a satisfying breakfast on its own, nor would it go well with my cherrios, I stuck my head in the fridge for further inspirations. I found eggs and spinach.

I took a piece of toast, a skinny glass and cut two round circle in my bread. I don’t own cookie cutters, but those would work too, I really should get some. Stars or hearts would be way more fun.

Next I put some butter in my skillet and threw in my hol-y toast and let it crisp up on one side for just about a minute.

Then I flipped it and cracked my two eggs, one into each whole. Please note, my toast ripped, this is typical because it is hard two fit to circle on one piece of toast. Not a big deal, still comes out great, just smush it back together a bit, so not to much egg leaks out. I’m such a technical monkey :)

While the eggs were cooking on that side, I threw in my spinach around them. After a few minutes, you can easily stick your spatula in under the toast, indicating that the egg has cooked enough to flip.

I let the toast cook for an additional minute or two on the other side, poking at the center to make sure that I haven’t “hard boiled” my eggs. Personally, I like them over easy.

The spinach cooks down quickly, so keep an eye on it.

Pull your toad in a hole or toads in my case on to a plate.

At this point, I do something that some will call childish or grose. JUST TRY IT.

I put ketchup on top, delicious tomato-ee, processed goodness! And this coming from a nutrition major :)

Then I pile on my spinach.

Finally my caramelized onions, click for a tutorial on caramelizing onions.

A sprinkle of pepper.

Breakfast is served.




1/2 onion

1 piece of toast

2 eggs

1 skinny glass or cookie cutter of your choice

2 handfulls spinach or more if you like

1/2 a caramelized onion (I cooked a whole one, I love caramelized onions, so I put a lot on top)

1 tbls butter

dash of pepper

1-2 tbls ketchup


Caramelize your onions.

Cut out two circles in a piece of toast. Heat up a skillet with a tablespoon of butter. Toast the bread one side for 1-2 minutes. Flip the toast over and then crack the two eggs into the two holes in your toast.

Let the eggs cook for a 1-2 minutes or until toast easily comes up off the pan. Saute your spinach in the same or separate pan.

Flip your toast and let the eggs cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, depending on how well done you would like your eggs.

Transfer onto a plate. Spread ketchup on top. Pile on cooked spinach and then onions. Sprinkle with pepper. Serve with coffee :)


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