How many names DOES this food have?

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 9 08:15:17 UTC 2013

IIRC this Toad in the Hole is the original English name. But, of course,
trying to track the course is kind of difficult now. It often shows up
on the list of "funny" English food names, along with spotted dick, etc.

The traditional Russian name for plain fried egg (over-easy, I
suppose--fried on one side only!) is "bull's eye" which is equivalent to
ox-eye, but lacks bread. There is also a more modern version that fries
the egg inside a large onion ring. This one does not have a name.


On 8/8/2013 4:59 PM, Dan Goodman wrote:
>   From a post on a social site:
> The results of my informal poll of y'all and of my in-laws, about what
> you call eggs fried in the hole in a piece of bread, and where you came
> from:
> Kentucky - eggs in a nest, toad in the hole
> Maryland - toad in a hole
> Michigan - egg in a frame
> New Jersey - egg in the hole
> New York City - Georgia Eggs
> Oregon, NE - toad in the wall (the extra pieces of bread are toad's eyes)
> Philadelphia/New Jersey - eggs in a basket
> South Dakota - one-eyed sandwiches
> Texas, central - house on a hill
> Texas, south - Popeye eggs
> Toronto - toad in the hole
> Internet, cookbooks, and unspecified - ox-eye, egg in a basket, Gypsy
> Eggs, Egyptian Eggs, Toad in the Hole
> The Kentucky ones are from my mother-in-law. My own mom grew up in West
> and North Texas and doesn't recall ever eating the dish until I found it
> and started cooking it.
> edit: Also, my father-in-law reports that they called it French toast!
> We made sure to clarify with him that you didn't dip the bread in the
> egg, but fried an egg in the hole. I've forgotten where he grew up, though.
> --
> Dan Goodman
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