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Toad In A Hole

Toad In A Hole

If you have a weekend house, then you probably get weekend house guests.  Breakfast is often a leisurely affair with lots of catching up over bottomless cups of coffee.  This is a great recipe if for no other reason than it eliminates the staggering of serving individual plates of fried eggs or pancakes.  As hostess I am always the one who eats last and although I don’t mind that, the guests feel uncomfortable starting without me and end up with cold food.  So try this next time you have a house full of guests.  It has been called Toad in a Hole, Hen in a Nest, Eggs in a Basket and One-eyed Jack.

 Ingredients:

1 loaf of Italian bread

4 eggs

1/4 cup of half & half

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using a serrated knife, cut 4 holes about 2 inches in diameter into the top of the loaf.  Insert the  knife into bread about 3/4 of the way into loaf, be careful not to cut through the bottom.  Carefully move the knife around to make a circle and use fingers to remove the cylinders of bread.  A larger loaf would allow for more eggs.

Crack an egg into each of the holes.  Top with a TBS of half  & half.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle 1 TBS of parmesan cheese on top of each egg.

Bake till whites set and yolk is still jiggly, about 10-15 minutes.  Serve immediately. 

This recipe is from the Pow Wow website.

 

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A breakfast.

Breakfast for a Crowd

Weekend guests?  Here’s a great way to simplify breakfast and let everyone make their own choices.  Have your guests write their names on quart-size plastic freezer bags with permanent magic marker.

Crack two eggs into the bag (not more than two); shake to combine them.  Put out a variety of ingredients such as cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc.  Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to his or her bag and shakes.  Make sure to get the air out and close it.  Place the bags in rolling boiling water for exactly 13 minutes.  You usually cook six to eight bags in a large pot.

Open the bags, and the mixture will roll out easily.  Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.  Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake;  everyone gets involved in the process, and it’s a great conversation piece.

These bags can be prepared the night before and really speed up breakfast preparation.

Source: Heloise Hints

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