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Asparagus Topped Eggs with Hats

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Asparagus Topped Eggs with Hats is a glammed-up version of one of my favorite childhood breakfasts!  It will become a new favorite of yours with your first bite!

Also known as Toad in the Hole, Egg in a Basket along with 60+ variations, it’s basically pan-fried toast with a round cut out to place an egg. Adding a cheese sauce and asparagus, make for an easy, elegant breakfast that’s worthy of company!

Asparagus Topped Eggs with Hats | A glammed up version of this breakfast favorite known by many names!

Asparagus Topped Eggs with Hats

Well, “favorite” childhood breakfasts might be a bit of an exaggeration. I begged my mom to make extra hats, which were just rounds of bread sauteed in butter. My carb obsession started at a young age. But before I digress any further, I may need to educate a few of you on eggs with hats. This British breakfast dish known by many names is basically an egg cooked in the center of a slice of bread where a round of bread has been removed. Those cutouts became the hats! Thus the name.

Asparagus Topped Eggs with Hats | A glammed up version of this breakfast favorite known by many names!

Tips for Making a Toad in the Hole

At our house, my English major mother called these Egg with Hats On. Pesky improper preposition! Since then I’ve learned that Toad in the Hole is a more common name as well as Eggs in a Basket, Cowboy Eggs, plus numerous other variations.

  • Butter your bread with salted butter. Don’t think about using margarine and the flavor of real butter is best.
  • Cold eggs are much easier to break than room temperature eggs. If you don’t want yolk in your whites, try an egg right out of the refrigerator.
  • For a more basic version, skip the sauce and serve with a nice side of bacon or sausage.
  • Choose whatever kind of bread you prefer. My mom would use sandwich bread, and I love eggy challah. For a slightly healthier option, whole wheat or whole grain bread would be a hearty alternative.

I cooked these up over Easter weekend for Bill and Nick, who was home a short 24 hours. Both were immediate fans, though Nick gave me his asparagus! If you like fried eggs, give this fun recipe a try for your family or next weekend guests! 

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Asparagus Topped Eggs with Hats

Asparagus Topped Eggs with Hats

A classic Toad in the Hole recipe jazzed up for company.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 servings


For Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon Wondra flour (all-purpose is fine, too, but Wondra is less likely to get lumpy)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup warm milk, plus more to thin if needed
  • 2 tablespoons sharp cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Eggs with Hats:

  • 2 slices bread, I used challah
  • 2 tablespoons butter, plus more if needed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2-4 spears roasted or steamed asparagus, at room temperature cut in half if needed.
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, to garnish
  • Cayenne pepper, to garnish, if desired


  1. Make the cheese sauce by melting the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 3 minutes, while continuing to whisk. Slowly add the milk, whisking until smooth and thick. Strain the sauce, then add cheeses and whisk to combine. Return sauce to pan. Set aside.
  2. Cut a round of bread out of each slice using a shot glass or cookie/biscuit cutter.
  3. Heat butter in a medium saute pan. Add bread slices and bread rounds.
  4. Break an egg into the middle of each slice of bread. Cover pan with lid for a couple minutes until the egg starts to set. Remove lid and check hats to see if they're browned. When they're browned, flip all the bread to brown the other sides, adding more butter if needed.
  5. Once the second side is browned, remove to plates, top with asparagus.Check the cheese sauce. If it is too thick, thin with a little milk and reheat if necessary. Top the asparagus with cheese sauce, more cheese and a sprinkle of cayenne, if desired. Then perch the "hat" over the egg.
  6. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 635 Total Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 23g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 296mg Sodium: 1013mg Carbohydrates: 37g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 28g
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19 comments on “Asparagus Topped Eggs with Hats”

  1. I just love your presentation, this is such a perfect recipe for Mother’s Day brunch!

  2. Folks can call it whatever they’d like… I wouldn’t mind calling it breakfast right now:@)

  3. Weird coincidence – I just made its dish last week. I know it as toads in the hole. Yours is much fancier than mine was!

  4. Such a pretty spring dish! Egg and asparagus are fantastic together.

  5. I love eggs this way so fancy too great job liz!

  6. We always called them eggs in a hole. But I like eggs with hats much better! PS, I’d ask for extra hats, too. I have a bit of a carb obsession of my own :). These look awesome, Liz!

  7. Yummy! Nothing like pan toasted bread and eggs. The asparagus and cheese sauce sounds just delish!

  8. Hi there, this is great. I hope you bring it over to Food on Friday as part of Pot Luck. Each month there are now 3 different themes plus a Potluck – so you should always be able to share something. If you would like to join in the fun on a regular basis please schedule a reminder for the second Friday of each month (NZ time). Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  9. This looks sooo good.

  10. This looks like a great breakfast for the weekend. I am going to have to try this one.

  11. Egg in the Hole! I love this and I love that you added asparagus to it! I can’t wait to try your rendition.

  12. so confession: until I blogged I never had even heard fo eggs cooked in bread like this…adn have yet to try it lol. But it looks good and your particularly appetizing with asparagus!

  13. Cute! Eggs with Hats! I had to go and read up on the recipe for Peach Custard Tart from the Redhead Baker. Nice post, Liz! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  14. Mmmm… Eggs are like one of my most favourite things to eat, I adore them. 🙂 So this recipe is a total goer for me. Saw asparagus was on special at the green grocer yesterday too, so I have me the ingredients to make for breakfast…. today! YAY!

  15. We use to call these a toad in a hole probably because the hat was eaten before the egg was cooked. 🙂 Love the addition of the asparagus! I think I just found what we’re having for breakfast in the morning. Thanks!

  16. As an Anglophile and kid-at-heart, I very much appreciate the back story and the beautiful how-to on asparagus topped eggs with hats!

  17. Eggs with Hats sounds so much better Toad in a Hole! I have a fried egg most days of the week with avocado toast and I look forward to trying this.

  18. We use the popular toad in a hole. Asparagus and eggs are so wonderful together.

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