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Hobos can usually score some eggs and a little bread. So this meal is a very common food to eat, no matter where your travels find you.

And what are Hobo Eggs?


Simply put, an egg fried in the center of a piece of bread. This elevates the union of two basic breakfast foods, eggs and toast, into something sublime. This meal - which pretty much can be cooked anywhere - has many and varied names: Hobo Steak, Eggs in a Basket, Gashouse Eggs, Hole-in-One, Diamond Toast, Toad In the Hole, Eggs in a Nest, Hen in a Nest, Framed Eggs, Bull's Eyes, Rocky Mountain Eggs, Ouef En Cage (Eggs in a Cage), Knot-Hole Eggs, One-Eyed Petes, Moon Egg, Cowboy Eggs, Spit in the Ocean, Pirate's Eye, and One-Eyed Jack.


At your house, what do you call an egg fried in a hole in a slice of bread?

Hobo Eggs



1 slice of your favorite kind of bread

1/2 tablespoon Hobo Oil (or cooking oil)

1/2 tablespoon butter

1 egg

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and melt in the butter. Add the Hobo Oil. When the butter is melty and the pan is hot, place the piece of bread in the skillet and crack the egg straight into the center of the hole. (If you, like us, prefer your eggs dead and not runny, break the yolk.)


Cook until the egg sets a bit on the bottom, about a minute. Sprinkle the egg with salt and pepper. After another minute, use a spatula to flip it over and salt and pepper the other side.


Move the whole piece of toast around the skillet, soaking up all of the deliciousness. Cook until the yolk reaches your preferred consistency (i.e. runny or dead). The holy trinity: golden brown toast, lovely egginess in the middle, bathed in buttery goodness. Yes please.

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