One-Eyed Jacks

4 slices White Bread
4-6 Tbsp Butter, room temperature
1-2 Tbsp prepared Mustard
4-8 slices Cheddar Cheese


  • Use about 4 Tbsp of Butter and butter 1 side of each piece of Bread.
  • Carefully cut out a circle in the center of each piece of bread about 1 1/2″ in diameter or so: This is to serve as a well for the Egg to go in, so if you are using larger eggs, make the hole a little bigger. The bread should look like a capital O. Do not take too much out if you can help it.
  • Heat up a Skillet on medium heat.
  • Place the Bread, buttered-side down. Place 1/2 Tbsp Butter in the well followed by one of the Eggs. You may want to crack each egg in a bowl first to ensure you catch all egg shells before pouring into the well of he Bread. The majority of the egg will be in the Well, but it is ok if whites overflow onto the sides of the bread.
  • Cook for a few minutes, until the Egg starts to set up
  • Carefully use a spatula to flip the toast, keeping as much Egg consolidated as possible.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • drop a dollop of Mustard on he center of each Egg bread. You do not want to do too much, just enough for some flavor.
  • Place Cheddar Cheese slices over each piece. It should cover the entire piece of bread. You can spread out the Mustard a little with the Cheese to prevent a mustard pocket.
  • Cover the skillet and cook until the Cheese has melted.
  • Serve.

Makes 2 people.

NOTES: One-Eyed Jacks are also known as Egg in a Basket, Moon Eggs, Yolky Polky, or Egg-in-the-Hole among others. Though some mistakenly call it “Toad in the Hole” it is not, because a Toad in the Hole is a Yorkshire pudding with a Sausage middle–similar but different filling. It makes me think that it may be fun to do a brunch with Toad in the Holes and One-Eyed Jacks!

I remember these from Boy Scouts. It was one of those simple breakfast foods that we would do on camping trips. These are tasty and can be made with your favorite cheeses, or breads – the thing to keep in mind is that you want the read to be a wider bread, with a soft crust.

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