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One-Eyed Jack



One-Eyed Jack

This old-fashioned breakfast goes by lots of names: egg-in-a-basket, egg-in-a-hole, gashouse egg, and bull’s-eye egg, among others. But whatever you call it, it’s a fun and filling way to start your day.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Drinking glass
  • Small bowl
  • Small nonstick pan
  • Heatproof spatula


  • 1 slice whole-wheat or multigrain bread
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper


  • Use the open mouth of the glass to cut a hole out of the center of the slice of bread. Set aside the bread frame and the cutout circle of bread.
  • Crack the egg into the bowl gently, being careful not to break the yolk.
  • Put the pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When the pan is hot (flick some water on — it should dance and evaporate immediately), add the oil, then lay the bread frame into it carefully.
  • Gently pour the egg into the hole, and season the egg with a pinch of salt and pepper. (If you like, you can also fry the cutout circle of bread alongside.)
  • Cook the bread frame until it has browned underneath and the egg in the hole has started to set, about 2 minutes, then carefully flip the whole thing. Cook the other side until the egg yolk is as firm as you like it — about 30 seconds to a minute longer. (If you're frying the cutout, flip that too.)
  • Eat right away.


Instead of using bread, cook the egg inside a ring of bell pepper made by cutting across the pepper. It will look like a beautiful flower, and give you lots of vitamins too!
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