Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Guy Kibbee Eggs

When I was a kid my mother made a breakfast dish she called "Guy Kibbee eggs." The name referred to the fact that actor Guy Kibbee made this dish in a film that she saw in her own childhood, in the 1930s. It consisted of fried bread with unbeaten eggs, cooked together. My mother would cut a round hole, the size of a yolk, in the center of a slice of white bread. The bread was first placed in a frying pan with hot butter and then the egg was poured on top of the bread, with the yolk guided into the hole. After the first side was cooked and the egg white settled into the bread she flipped it to finish the process. The final product had the yolk peeking through the hole in the bread, with the white on the bottom. I guess you could call it a variation on French toast. I don't know what film Guy Kibbee made this in. I found several online recipes for this dish as "egg in the hole," but none of them mention Guy Kibbee.

Another egg dish of her childhood that remained in her motherly breakfast repertoire was Force and eggs. Force was the name of a wheat flakes cereal when she was a child. My mother's 1960s version used Kellogg's corn flakes. She would pour the corn flakes in a bowl, then pour some melted butter over them, then add a soft-boiled egg, then mix it all together until it became a mass that was at once both mushy and slightly crunchy. My aunt also made this dish for her children. I don't know whether this was something my grandmother cooked up, or whether it was a popular preparation of the 'thirties. I think I liked it as a kid, but in retrospect it sounds pretty disgusting.

I wouldn't mind some Guy Kibbee eggs, though.


Blogger Elisabeth Vincentelli said...

Perch Cafe, in Park Slope, serves something that sounds just like your Guy Kibbee eggs. They cut a hole in a thick slice of white bread, toast the slice then dump an egg in the hole. Oh, and there's bacon, too. I believe they call it a Bird in a Nest, and it's a great, cheap-ish breakfast.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always referred to the egg in a toast hole dish as a "popeye," though I have no idea where I got that from. It's definitely not something my mom ever made.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i made myself some "Guy Kibbee eggs" this morning but i first saw it in a scene from the film V for Vendetta

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The movie is "Mary Jane's Pa" (1935?); it was on Turner Classic Movies this morning (3/9/08)

4:32 PM  
Blogger Peter Cherches said...

Wow! Thanks for supplying the answer.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mother is 85 years old and has served gut kibbee eggs to me since birth. Any one who can help with history of this egg dish please call me 402-612-6364....mar 08

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have had Guy Kibbee eggs since i was a young boy. Guy Kibbee eggs is something my mom has fed to us for years. I did not know the origin of the term until I saw this blog - Thanks!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Kribs said...

As the first direct descendant of Guy Kibbee (I am his great-grandson, Andrew) to reply here I can honestly say that I have only heard this recipe referred to as either Pirate Eggs or Egg in the Hole, neither referencing my ancestor (though he did have a brief but memorable turn as a pirate in the Erol Flynn vehicle "Captain Blood"). I haven't seen the vast majority of Guy's longish filmography, "Mary Jane's Pa" included, but I'm excited to know that the legacy of Guy Kibbee includes a delicious breakfast recipe. Rest assured I will be sharing this post with the whole Kibbee clan.

PS the family favorite Guy Kibbee film growing up was "Captain January" an insufferably adorable Shirley Temple movie. Happy Watching!

8:25 PM  
Blogger Peter Cherches said...

Andrew, thanks for adding a touch of the Kibbee blood to the Kibbee eggs.

9:53 PM  
Blogger PS Jackie said...

Dear Descendant of Guy Kibbee - your ancestor cooked this exact egg dish for Shirley Temple in the 1936 film "Captain January" thus the name Guy Kibbee eggs - as we ate this morning made by our 83 year old mother! Would you like the recipe because we like all the Guy Kibbee bloggers have grown up on this breakfast item?!

11:36 AM  
Blogger PS Jackie said...

PS - They were also made by Olympia Dukakis in "Moonstruck" made only with Italian bread instead of white. FYI

11:40 AM  
Blogger GINA ESPOSITO said...

we call them guy kibbee eggs too!

check out my blog post on them here: |

3:14 PM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

My mom made the same eggs over corn flakes dish and the Guy Kibbee eggs. Though weird for those who've never had them, the soft boiled egg mixed with corn flakes are awesome and my kids love them

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Foodie Fatale Jocelyn Ruggiero said...

Great post! I just linked to it at

1:43 PM  
Blogger Daddy Love said...

Wikipedia does not mention Captain January, but rather "The dish can be seen being prepared onscreen by actor Guy Kibbee in the 1935 Warner Bros film, Mary Jane's Pa..."

7:48 PM  

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