Egg in the Hole
Egg in a Basket, Egg in a Frame, Egg with a Hat, Toad in the Hole, One Eyed Jack, and many others
Eggs fried in pieces of toast have been served worldwide for generations, but have been well known in the United States since at least the end of the 19th century. The oldest known written recipe refers to the dish as “Egg with a Hat” and was printed in the Boston Cooking School Cookbook sometime in the 1890’s. This recipe called for the circle of bread that was removed to make room for the egg to be fried and placed on top of the egg, forming “the hat”.
The dish likely developed in many different areas at a variety of times due to its simplicity and common ingredients.
An egg fried in a hole cut into a slice of bread
Egg, bread, oil or butter for frying, seasonings such as salt and pepper