Today Mama is narrating a little cooking project that we did together. All yours, Mama! ~Christy
Christy and I decided to present you with both our ways of making Toad in the Holes. We first heard about these from an old black and white movie. Christy can probably tell you the name of it and who starred in the movie. I’m the type that watches a movie and never takes note of the title or actors. I just enjoy the action. That probably tells you that we are very different types of people in most ways. But in the way it matters most, we are the best of friends.
Toad in the Hole is the recipe that I look forward to making for myself in the rare event that I am home by myself at breakfast. I guess since I have it so rarely, it has become something that I look forward to. My other indulgence is Stouffer’s Lasagna for dinner. As you can see, I am quite the gourmet. I thought that the way I make Toad in the Holes is the only and best way to prepare it. Because, as you know, mothers always know best. 😉 But then the young whippersnapper, Christy, lets me know that she has a better way, in her opinion. I love my way best because you have the little round hole which is toasted with butter and has a delightful crunchiness which is divine. She mashes her bread down in the center instead of cutting it out so she loses that. She loves her way because it is quicker and easier to prepare. Two hardheaded women trying to reinvent the wheel. I am going to walk you through both ways and let you decide which you prefer. We’d love to hear from you. Either way, the world will keep turning and we will keep cooking.
Christy’s note: The first movie we saw it in was black and white but the second movie was a Betty Grable one, Moon Over Miami. I don’t call it “Toad in the Hole”, I call it “Gas House Toast” because that is what they called it in the movies, lol. I love old movies, far better than anything made today. When I lived at home we had two old movie channels and if I was ever watching television, it was on one of those. Mama was the only person in the family who would walk by, take an interest, and sit down to watch them with me!
And I’ve always felt that my mother does everything perfectly. That’s just the thing, though! I knew, growing up, that I could never be as perfect as I viewed my mother to be so I just threw perfect out the window and figured I’d do the best I could and make sure I enjoyed the process as much as possible! That is why my way is a little less maintenance than Mama’s, but hers ends up prettier ;). I’m good with that! Now back to Mama.
Step one: Christy’s way is to melt some butter in the pan and put the bread on top. Mama’s way is to butter both sides of her bread all the way to edges and place into the hot skillet.
Step two: Christy proceeds to mash the heck out of the center of her bread until it is nice and flat. Mama takes a small glass and cuts the center out of hers.
Christy: I would not call that mashing the heck out of it, just pressing down a bit with my fingers to make a nice little cradle for my egg :).
Step three: Christy leaves her bread to cook as it is. Mama removes the round center disc and sets it to the side to get nice and golden.
Christy: Hey, it works and it’s one less step.
Step four: Christy cracks an egg onto the mashed center of her bread to allow it to begin to cook. Mama cracks an egg into the center of her bread into the hole to cook.
Step five: Christy just lets her egg sit and cook all alone but she does pierce the yolk a time or two. Mama breaks the yolk in her egg so that it completely fills the hole and the yellow is distributed.
Christy: See Mama, all those times you complained about how messy my room was growing up, I was just trying to make sure the mess was distributed.
Step six: Christy flips hers over and lets it finish cooking. Mama flips her Toad in the Hole and her round circle over so that they both continue to cook and get nice and crusty.
See, while Christy’s Toad in the Hole may require a few less steps, Mama’s Toad in the Hole has the extra little crusty hole to enjoy. Which would you prefer?
Christy: I don’t know about y’all, but I’d prefer the one that someone else cooked for me! I don’t care what you make or how you make it, if you’re cooking for me, I’m happy!
A lot of people said that Christy got her love of cooking from me. While she probably did inherit that trait, she took it and ran with it. I was satisfied with old tried and true recipes and never deviated from the way I had always seen them prepared. She went to college and learned that it was okay to trade up ingredients and experiment with food. I guess I never tried it because money was scarce and I never wanted to take a chance on ruining a dish. I have since learned from Christy that it is okay to have fun with food. If you are short one ingredient, substitute another that you like equally well. You may be surprised that you like your way even more and maybe even develop a new recipe in the process. As long as your dish is made with love, your family and friends will enjoy it.
Now take a look at both ways that we make Toad in the Holes and I’m sure you will agree that Mama’s way is best (just kidding!). If you decide that Christy’s is best for you that is okay too. Just remember to have fun in the kitchen. It is like a playroom for adults. Similar to playing with Playdoh but safer to eat. We look forward to sharing different ways that we prepare food with you! Have fun and remember Mama loves you.
- Slice of bread
- Salt and Pepper
- Christy's way-
- Melt butter in skillet and place bread on top.
- Mash down center of bread so that it will hold an egg.
- Crack egg into hole, salt and pepper and cook until bottom of bread is browned.
- Turn over and continue cooking until other side is browned and egg is of desired doneness.
- Mama's way-
- Butter each side of a slice of bread.
- Cut center from bread using a small glass or cutter.
- Break egg into hole, salt and pepper and cook until bottom is browned. Place hole to the side and cook until it is also browned
- Turn Toad in the Hole and circle and continue cooking until bread is browned and egg is of desired doneness. Enjoy!
“It is the sweet simple things in life which are the real ones after all.”
~Laura Ingalls WilderYum