6 Back to School Easy Breakfasts Plus a Frog In the Hole

by heidi on August 23, 2011

Back to school is hard. And the end of summer is even harder.

So when the two collide in a how-can-it-be-over-I-want-summer-back flurry of a.m. activity because nobody is back on an appropriate school time sleep schedule, breakfast takes a back seat for too many school-bound families.

FoodieCrush Magazine Frog In the Hole

In my search to find some new breakfast routines that don’t include commercial, big-brand sugar cereals with way too loud of packaging for the early hour, I find myself gravitating to a go-to favorite breakfast my husband introduced to me just a few years ago. How in the world did I survive my adolescence without this breakfast?

Frog In the hole. Yup, that’s the name, don’t wear it out.

Odd name it may be, but easy it most definitely is. By choosing a whole grain bread that provides a long-wearing carbo load, protein packed eggs and the finish of cheese just because, and a bit of fresh fruit, it’s a healthy, power-packed breakfast that’ll keep my 7-year-old’s brain churning ’til lunch.

Frog In the Hole

Yield: serves one

Frog In the Hole

Ingredients

1 slice whole wheat bread (I like my local brand Grandma's Sprouted Wheat)
2 eggs
1 tsp butter
1-2 T shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat a fry pan on medium and spray with cooking spray and 1 tsp of butter. With the rim of a water glass or biscuit cutter, cut out the center of a slice of whole wheat bread. Place bread slice and remaining round in fry pan and crack 2 eggs in center of holed-out bread. Place a lid over the pan and cook for 2 minutes or so. As eggs set and whites become cooked, flip bread and egg with turner, also turning bread round. Add shredded cheese to top of egg and bread, cover to cook and melt until eggs are cooked as desired. Serve with fresh fruit. For the adults, I serve with Chohula or salsa and sour cream for a little kick.
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Kelley August 24, 2011 at 6:49 am

Perfect for back to school. I love the addition of the cheese, usually I’ve just done the egg in toast. Thanks for including me in the round up and I am drooling over Alison’s peach pecan muffins!

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Bev Weidner August 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

I LOVE Frog in a Hole!

I even love saying, “frog in a hole.”

I just feels right.

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Regina M. August 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

OMG! I too was introduced to the “Frog in a
Treehole” by my husband and it’s one of my favorites. It’s crispy, buttery and so creamy from the yoke!!

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Paula @ Dishing the Divine August 24, 2011 at 8:57 am

Once again, these pictures look divine and the write ups are making me drool! Time for me to go eat breakfast! :)

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Betsy August 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

I love a frog in a hole! (I call it egg in a basket) If you want to be really crazy, try making it into a grilled cheese sandwich! http://bit.ly/naQW7R I also make a french toast “muffin” but mine are ready in 12 minutes! So easy for those hectic mornings http://bit.ly/mYDjQs Great post! thanks!

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Will definitely check out your muffin. THX for the comment.

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Cookin' Canuck August 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

This is such a great post, Heidi. I’m always looking for new recipes to spice up the school morning breakfasts. Your frog in the hole will definitely be on the menu.

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Michelle August 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

Love frog in the hole! Will try as a variety to the eggs and sausage. We also do oatmeal with blueberries a lot to hold her through until lunch.

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Would be great with Elise’s favorite veggie sausage :)

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Michelle August 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

Now, how to get mom to stay awake through all this?????

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Jennifer @ Licious Food August 24, 2011 at 11:47 am

I was uneducated about “Frog in the Hole” until I saw a posting on The Pioneer Woman. How can something so simple taste so goooood! :)

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I’ll have to look on her site for it, that would have been a good one to link to!

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marla August 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

LOVE this post!! Wonderful breakfasts and I want each and every one. Now. Thanks for including me in the line up.

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Thank you! Love, love, love your blog.

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Thank you so much for including me! What a great post and with some of my favorite bloggers! I truly appreciate it and am honored :)

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Rachel August 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I’ll take one (or two) of those breakfasts every day please!
I grew up with One Eyed Bandits (your Toad in Hole). They were my favorite!

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Emily August 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Eggs, bread and cheese is one of my favorite meals…even for dinner! I am definitely going to have to try Frog in a Hole!

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Agreed! When isn’t eggs, cheese and bread the trilogy of tasty?

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danielle August 24, 2011 at 5:25 pm

ha, we call them holes in the middle. so many names for the same thing! i’ve never thought to put cheese on them, yum!

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Becky at VintageMixer August 25, 2011 at 10:26 am

What a great list!! I love making Eggs in the Hole for my husband. And the peach muffins look like ones I would love. It was lovely seeing you last night. Let me know when you’re free for lunch soon.

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm

So good to chat with you too. Yes, lunch! Ricotta gnocchi dumplings.

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Barb Bamber August 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

Wow, can’t believe I haven’t heard of Frog in the Hole! Where have I been, could have used this one but my daughter and son have gone off to University… Thanks for sharing :)

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I know! I didn’t have a clue about it til just a few years ago. Imagine what we missed out on.

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Yvette ~ Muy Bueno Cookbook August 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Great roundup – They all look beautiful and so tasty!

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Luke August 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Great recipes. The only problem for me is that i will eat what remains in school and probably putt it all back and get my books dirty with eggs and all other ingredients :P

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Ah, that’s what they have spray and wash for. Enjoy.

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Tt in nyc August 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I think that it is irresponsible and sad that you recommend a puff pastry chocolate breakfast for children. An occasional treat? Sure. Breakfast on their way to school? Dont think so.

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heidi August 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Point taken. How about filling it with cheese and scrambled eggs? That would be tasty. And a piece of chocolate on the side ;)

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Ofelia Workman December 6, 2011 at 12:55 am

I didn’t have a clue about it til just a few years ago. I love making Eggs in the Hole for my husband. Will definitely check out your muffin.

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Christi Gay December 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

I just feels right. Once again, these pictures look divine and the write ups are making me drool! Treehole” by my husband and it’s one of my favorites.

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