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Pop-Eye Eggs with Cheese and Salsa

Pop-Eye Eggs with Cheese and Salsa is my grown-up and more diet-friendly version of what my mother called “Pop-Eye Eggs.” Did your mom make this type of egg dish? Use Breakfast Recipes for more fun ideas for breakfast.

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Pop-Eye Eggs with Cheese and Salsa are a riff on a favorite egg dish my mom made for me when I was a kid. I had the kind of mother who always sent her kids to school with a hot breakfast in their tummies, even though she was cooking for twelve!  Most of the time it was an easy-to-make hot cereal like oatmeal, but sometimes mom would cook things like pancakes or French toast.  And when it was a very special breakfast, we’d have Pop-Eye Eggs.

We called them Pop-Eye Eggs because the yolk of the egg looked like an eye popping out, but eggs fried inside a hole cut in a piece of bread are called by a large variety of names including Toad in a Hole, Eggs in a Basket, Eggs in the Hole, Eggs in a Blanket, Bird’s Nest Eggs, Cowboy Eggs, Bull’s Eye Eggs, Gas House Eggs, and Sunshine Toast.  If your mom used to make something like this, I’d love to hear in the comments about what you called it.

When my mom made them, she’d melt butter in a pan, cut holes in the toast, and then fry the eggs and bread in the butter.  We’d use the crust and dip it into the “eye” to eat them, maybe with a little ketchup on the white part of the egg.

When I started making these for myself a few years ago they eventually evolved into the healthier version you see here, with the eggs and toast fried in olive oil, but use butter if you prefer.  I sprinkle them with a little cheese that melts over the egg, and then eat them with salsa drizzled over.  For South Beach Dieters, this is one of my favorite phase two breakfasts because you’re not eating even one whole piece of bread, but one Pop-Eye Egg with Cheese and Salsa is a filling breakfast for me.

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Be sure not to cut the hole in the bread too big; I use a small juice glass that’s about 2 1/4 inches across. Heat a little olive oil over medium heat in a heavy pan (cast iron is perfect), then toast the bread on one side until it’s lightly browned, 2-3 minutes, then turn over. Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil into the hole in each piece of bread, then gently break an egg into the hole.  Season eggs with salt and pepper if you want. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of low-fat cheese over each egg and cook covered for about 3-4 minutes, depending on how soft you want the yolk to be. Eggs are done when the cheese is melted, white is firm, and yolk is a done as you like it. I cook mine about 3 minutes for yolks that are still mostly soft but starting to firm on the edges.  Serve hot, with salsa to drizzle over if desired.

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More Bloggers Cook Eggs in a Hole:

Heart-Shaped Egg in a Nest from Pinch My Salt
Toad in a PattyPan Hole from A Veggie Venture
Egg-in-a-Hole from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Egg in a Hole Grilled Cheese from A Cozy Kitchen
French Toad in the Hole from The Amateur Gourmet

Pop-Eye Eggs with Cheese and Salsa

Pop-Eye Eggs with Cheese and Salsa is my grown-up and more diet-friendly version of what my mother called “Pop-Eye Eggs.”


  • 1 tsp+ 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 pieces whole wheat bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup low-fat grated cheese (I use Four Cheese Mexican Blend)
  • salsa for serving, optional but good


  1. Have all ingredients ready on counter.
  2. Use a small juice glass to cut a hole directly in the center of each piece of bread.  (I use a glass that’s 2 1/4 inches across, and save the holes from the bread to make whole wheat bread crumbs.  You can also toast the holes and dip them in the egg.)
  3. Use a heavy frying pan large enough to hold both pieces of bread.
  4. Heat the pan for about 30 seconds over medium heat, brushing the pan with 1 tsp. olive oil.
  5. Add the pieces of bread and cook until one side is browned and toasted, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Turn pieces of bread over.
  7. Drizzle 1/2 tsp. of oil into the center of each piece of bread and immediately break an egg into the hole, being careful not to break the egg.
  8. Season eggs with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste, then sprinkle each piece of bread with about 2 tablespoons of grated cheese.
  9. Cover pan and cook until cheese is melted, egg white is firm, and yolks are as done as you’d like them, about 3-4 minutes.  (I cook mine for about 3 minutes in a cast iron pan for a slightly runny yolk.)
  10. Serve hot, with salsa drizzled over if desired.


I use Jack Spratt Bread sprouted wheat bread.

Recipe adapted by Kalyn with memories of Pop-Eye Eggs made by her mother.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
One of these Pop-Eye Eggs with Cheese and Salsa makes a great phase two breakfast for the South Beach Diet. If you want, you could have something like Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links on the side. This isn’t terribly high in carbs if you use a bread that’s a lower-carb option but it’s probably too high in carbs for a strict low-carb eating plan.

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    40 Comments on “Pop-Eye Eggs with Cheese and Salsa”

  1. We called them Hobo eggs growing up, but in my teens I came up with a variation that's all I use now. Instead of just frying the bread, I dip it in milk and egg like I'm making french toast, so my "hobo eggs" are actually french toast with fried egg in the middle. Yum. Then you can do syrup or sprinkle with confectioners

  2. Now that might be the cutest name yet!

  3. We used to call them "Humpty-Dumpty splats."

  4. One-Eyed Jacks is cute!

  5. We always called those eggs "egg in the hole" but my friend calls them "one eyed jacks" which I think is way cuter!!

  6. Gina, such a cute name!

  7. My grandma taught me to make these when I was young. She called them One-Eyed Egyptians. =)

  8. Barbara, you have been deprived! Seriously, I do love them for breakfast.

  9. Can you believe I've never eaten one of these. Your version sounds like a must try.

  10. Bulls-Eye Eggs kind of reminds me of our name for them. So glad you're enjoying the recipes!

  11. My mom used to make these for us, minus the cheese and we called them Bulls eye eggs I believe. I love alot of your recipes here and have use many of them.

  12. Amanda, that will be fun to see what your kids decide to call them!

  13. We didn't really have these growing up, but friends of the family made them for special occasions. They called them Egg-a-toast. Maybe it was egg o'toast. It came out like eggatoast, so who knows. I want to make these for me and my kids. I think I'll put it up to them to decide what they're called.

  14. Cara, the different names just keep coming!

  15. We called them eggs in a frame – and loved them just the same! I believe it was one of the first recipes I learned how to cook!

  16. Call us weird, but Mom never made these. I didn't have my first until my Girl Scout bestie made them after a sleep over.

    I don't deny my kids; we have them every so often — but they are definately Toad In The Hole around here. I like to freak out the little ones I do child care for, too.

  17. I had completely forgotten that in Moonstruck, but love the idea of roasted red peppers with this.

  18. This comment from Nancy525 was on the wrong post, so I'm copying it here for her:

    Here's another name for you, my Mom called this combination Toad in the Hole. I'm not sure why, but that's what I called them when I made them for my kids. Thank you for posting an old favorite! I agree with the previous post, cheese is a super idea.

  19. Kalyn, we call them "Breakfast in Bread" – thanks for posting them, I was looking for something tasty for lunch today!