Egg in a Hole

April 4, 2011 in Breakfast, The Daily Blog

It’s back to work for me today, which means that Spring Break is over and the interminable march to summer is beginning. To keep my work-week blues in check, I’ll be popping in this week with little showcases of what I did with myself over the full 10 days I had off. Contrary to Spring Break myths, none of those showcases will involve bikinis, beer bongs, or beads. Beer bongs or not – it was a fabulous break nonetheless.

I kicked off break with a little breakfast that we like to call Egg in a Hole. You may have had this before, you may not. Either way, you should definitely make it. Soon. It’s a breakfast staple from my husband’s childhood, one that he remembers helping his mom and dad make on lazy weekends and holidays. I’d never had it until I met him, but the Egg in a Hole (such an endearing name) is now a weekend staple of our own.

We made this particular breakfast compliments of Nature’s Pride, who sent me some of their delicious Hearty Wheat with Flax bread and told me to do what I wished with it. I wished to make Egg in a Hole, so that’s exactly what I did (with help from the huz).

This bread really was quite tasty – chewy, hearty, and perfect for this recipe, as it stood up to the skillet time and absorbed the yolk beautifully. It’s also packed with all sorts of stuff that’s both delicious and nutritious, as my dad would say.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this magic happen:


4 slices of bread

4 eggs

1/3 cup butter, melted

cheddar cheese (optional)

hot sauce (optional)

strawberries (optional)


Lay your slices of bread onto a cutting board. Drizzle a small amount of melted butter onto each slice of bread. Use a butter knife or pastry brush to spread.

Once one side of the bread is buttered, you’ll want to cut a hole out of the center of the bread. We’ve found that a Nalgene sip lid works perfectly here, as it cuts the perfect-sized hole. A small cookie cutter, wide-mouthed shot glass, or just a talented knife wielder would also work well. Cut a hole in each slice of bread.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray surface with some non-stick spray. Allow to heat, then add as many slices of bread as will fit. Place the bread and the holes buttered side down.

Once your pan is nice and hot, crack an egg into each hole.

Allow egg to set-up on the bottom, then use a wide spatula to flip bread, including egg and hole. Allow bread to toast up a bit on the other side, then use the spatula to remove the bread, egg, and hole to a a plate.

Grate your cheese directly onto the slice of bread. Drizzle with hot sauce, if desired.

Enjoy a delicious and nutritious start to your day.

Use the bread to soak up all of that creamy yolk.

I always save the best bite for last.


Egg in a Hole


    1. Staci Barcuch says:

      Definitely a Rosa/Davis thing- must have come from our grandma’s :o ) I remember making these as a kid, too. Still do!

    2. Jay Davis says:

      My compliments as well, Kellie!
      It IS delicious and so easy.
      I noticed the brown hen eggs. What is your take on the Brown vs. White and Free Range vs. Regular or the premiums i.e., Eggland’s Best. Do you have any special insights on hen eggs?

      • Kellie says:

        Thanks, Jay! Your family knows how to make a mean egg in a hole, that’s for sure.

        You know, I kind of hate to admit it, but I’ve been buying the brown eggs lately because I think they look prettier in blog photos and I really don’t taste a difference. I do, however, always purchase the cage-free eggs – either Eggland’s Best or other organic brands.

    3. Fred Rosa says:

      Hmmm…I seem to remember eating these for at least 60 years! I think Uncle Al invented them, or at least make them popular. As for the eggs, Cuz, the very best are from your own hens, white, brown or green. Kellie, you have to start chicken ranching now that you have the big back yard. When are you going to put Nalesniki here? That is the other Sommers breakfast treat.

      • Kellie says:

        So, Grandpa Al was the real chef behind these eggs, then? That’s pretty cool. And I would LOVE to have my own chickens! Talk about getting some gorgeous eggs….You think Ava would be a good chicken guard dog?! :)

        What is Nalesniki? I’ve never heard of it!

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