We all want the best for our kids, especially as they head back to school. One way to give them a great start to the day is with a nutritious breakfast like this Cookie Cutter Toad-in-the-Hole (aka egg in a basket) Recipe.
Kids that eat a healthy breakfast in the morning have higher test scores, improved attendance, and better class participation. A breakfast of eggs is protein-rich to keep your kids full longer with 6 grams of high-quality protein per egg! My kids are on the bus before 7 am so we eat breakfast early! As a mom, I worry that they might get hungry before a noon lunchtime. When I give them eggs for breakfast, I know they will be full all morning long.
My kids love the classic Cookie Cutter Toad-in-the-Hole Recipe with a fried egg in the middle. Don’t forget the jam and fresh, heart-shaped strawberries too!
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Cookie Cutter Toad-in-the-Hole Recipe
This Cookie Cutter Toad-in-the-Hole Recipe is quick and easy for even the busiest of school mornings! Plus, even the pickiest of eaters usually like eggs in one shape or another. You can prepare this recipe with eggs fried, over easy, or even scrambled!
- 2 slices bread (white whole wheat, sourdough, rye, or your favorite bread)
- 2 tsp olive oil or butter
- 2 eggs
- Salt and pepper
- Optional: Your favorite toppings (cheese bacon bits, pesto, fresh herbs, etc)
- Cut out center of each bread slice, using a 2-1/2 to 3-inch cookie cutter in your favorite shape (heart, round or other shape cutter) reserve cut-outs.
- Coat large nonstick skillet lightly with oil or butter. OR butter bread directly.
- Toast bread slices and cut-outs on one side in skillet over medium-low heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Turn bread pieces over.
- Break and slip an egg into center of each bread slice. Cover pan and cook slowly until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 5 to 6 minutes.
- Season eggs with salt and pepper and serve immediately with cut-outs.
- Top with your favorite toppings (optional).
Your kids will probably even want to help you cut out the cookie cutter shapes and older kids like mine may want to help assist cooking the eggs. This builds cooking skills and confidence at the same time. Plus, kids that are involved in the cooking process usually eat a healthier diet because they have ownership in the meal.
It is amazing out pairing eggs with bread becomes a brand new recipe when you combine them in a skillet. My 11 year old son proclaimed, “Who invented this recipe?! It’s good!” I felt bad that I couldn’t take credit, it’s from the Ohio Poultry Association’s website where you can find a ton of delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and kid-friendly recipes.
As is, the Cookie Cutter Toad-in-a-Hole recipe is delicious and nutritious. It is a low-calorie, high-protein breakfast that is as tasty as it is affordable. Did you know that eggs are the least expensive source of high-quality protein found in any food at just 17¢ a serving?! I also like it because it is all natural – nothing added and no carbohydrates.
No carbs for my family = free food. My kids are both Type 1 Diabetics, so we love food that are 0 or low carbs because it means it is a ‘free food’ that requires no insulin!
Cookie Cutter Toad-in-the-Hole Recipe – 4 Ways
My family loves flavor! In addition to the above classic way to enjoy toad-in-the-hole recipe, below are a few of our favorites.
Rye Bread Toad-in-the-Hole with parsley, cheese, and tomatoes
Use your favorite bread for this recipe including rye bread for a totally different experience. Top the cooked rye bread and egg with fresh parsley or basil, mozzarella cheese, and fresh tomatoes for a hearty, flavorful breakfast, brunch or even lunch. Switch up the way you cook the egg too between fried, over-easy, and scrambled.
Want a bite? 🙂 When you cook the eggs into the bread, it becomes one delicious bite after another.
Spicy Dog-in-the-Hole with bacon, cheese, and hot sauce
My son loves his dog, Cali. He’s always been an animal guy, so using a dog-shaped cookie cutter is a hit with them. He also loves hot sauce, bacon and cheese. I guess you could call this a spicy dog-in-the-hole recipe! For this recipe, I used sourdough bread because it adds a good texture and flavor.
For all toad-in-the-hole recipes, you need to make sure your cookie cutters are not larger than your bread. Find a large, sturdy bread like sourdough, rye, or wheat for larger cookie cutters. You can certainly use white, Italian, and low-carb bread as well with smaller cookie cutters.
Dogs love to dig holes, how fitting to have a dog-in-the-hole variation of this recipe. When I was a kid, we had a wiener dog that would go down groundhog holes and bark at them. It was so strange to hear our dog barking underground! We always worried that the groundhog would hurt our dog but thankfully he was always fine! I wish I had a picture but this as close as I can get. LOL
Using a cookie cutter to make fun shapes like dogs is an easy and fun way to get kids excited about breakfast! Get a whole collection of cookie cutters to celebrate special occasions and holidays too.
Pesto Toad-in-the-Hole recipe
Like I said, you can use any type of bread and add any flavor you want to really customize the classic toad-in-the-hole recipe. If you like pesto, you must try it with this recipe. It is amazing! I used fresh French bread, cut in thick slices and a traditional circle cut-out. I added a generous helping of pesto on top as well as fresh-from-my-garden diced tomatoes (not pictured). This recipe make a very flavorful breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. My husband took a bite and agreed that this combination is the ultimate winner for toad-in-the-hole!
Get creative this back-t0-school season. Start with a classic egg recipe like the one above and add flavor as desired. There is a good chance that the eggs that you’ll be serving your family are from an Ohio egg farm! Did you know that Ohio is the 2nd largest egg farming state in the country!? We serve the nation over 9 billion eggs each year!
Meet Heather Lochtefeld, a mom from Dayton, Ohio who operates a chicken farm with her husband and two young children in Mercer County, Ohio. Your family’s eggs might come from their farm!
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