Egg-in-a-Hole – Nostalgic, Simple, and Delicious

21 Mar

An egg-in-a-hole is a classic childhood breakfast that still tastes great as an adult (whatever you define “adult” as). Like the title suggests, an egg-in-a-hole is literally dropping an egg in the middle of a hollowed-out piece of bread, and cooking it.

I first made an egg-in-a-hole on a camping trip as a child. In the wilderness, we obviously didn’t have a toaster, so frying an egg on a piece of bread in a pan was the barebones compromise. While not as gritty as other wilderness creations – like maybe hunting, skinning, and roasting game – it’s still an outdoors staple.

Necessary Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of Bread
  • 2 Eggs
  • pinch Salt
  • pinch Pepper

You can use any kind of bread you’d like, but I used multi-grain bread from Orwasher’s, a very popular bakery in New York City (which can also be purchased at the bread counter at Zabars).

Before you start cracking, take your pan, grease it up with anti-stick spray (I prefer Pam), and turn the flame on. Next, punch a hole in your pieces of bread, with the aim of making them about the size of a yolk. When the spray is hot, stick your pieces of hallowed-out bread onto the pan. After you let the bread cook for a minute, carefully break your eggs and lay them on top of the hallowed-out bread. I can’t stress enough that you want to be careful breaking the eggs. Similar to sunny side up eggs, you really need to preserve the yolk, otherwise it sort of defeats the purpose of the meal. I like to put a little salt and pepper on my eggs at this point, but you can also wait until they’re cooked (or not at all).

You will see that the egg underneath the bread will start to cook immediately, but you have to be a little patient for the yolk and whites on top of the bread since it will cook much slower. After a few minutes, check to see how cooked the eggs are by taking your spatula, carefully sliding it under the bread, and peering underneath to see how brown they are. While the eggs on top will still be rather raw, you don’t want to bottoms to be burnt.

When your cooking sense tells you it’s time to flip the eggs, just follow your instinct, and flip them. Again, carefully slide the spatula under the eggs, and while using your free hand to “guide” the toast, flip the bread on its yolk side. This has to be executed perfectly, otherwise you risk, again, cracking the yolks.

Similar to over-easy style, you don’t want to overcook the yolks while they’re on their heads, yet at the same time, you don’t want to undercook them either. If possible, kneel down so your eyes are at pan-level, to check if the yolks are raw or cooked. Since the cooking time is so short in general, in all likelihood, the egg-in-a-holes will turn out just fine (like mine!).

As someone who loves egg yolks, this is really the ultimate breakfast. Sure, you can make sunny side-up or over-easy eggs and toast your toast, but why not just fuse the two and create this wonderful yolky toast? There’s really nothing like it.

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11 Responses to “Egg-in-a-Hole – Nostalgic, Simple, and Delicious”

  1. swaggtalk100 March 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    and pretty healthy. if i would have seen this post b4 i ate breakfast this morning…this is what i would have had this morning.lol
    very nice. im most definately gonna try this.

    • benberkon March 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

      Great point, swaggtalk100. It’s so bare bones that it’s also very healthy. A side of fresh fruit would really seal the deal, but I didn’t have any laying around!

      You can always make it tomorrow!

  2. Off The Eaten Path March 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Yummmy! Thanks for bringing me back to my childhood. I really need to make this again. So tasty and simple. 🙂

    • benberkon March 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

      I made one about a week ago, but before then, it had been a good while before biting into one of these childhood greats.

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. FleshLightFan13 March 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Just cooked it… not bad! I didn’t get to actually eat it, but I definitely enjoyed it… meh meh meh… sexually… meh meh meh

    • benberkon March 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

      Glad you liked it, FleshLightFan13.

  4. FleshLightFan13 March 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    I just cooked it… Not bad! I didn’t get to actually eat it, but I definitely enjoyed it… meh meh meh… sexually… meh meh meh

  5. webmistress March 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    ewwww! to eggs…looks nice, but not for me unless i`m baking a cake or making batter I will have no parts of eggs
    if that was the only thing to eat in the house during a snow storm i’de rather starve, never the less I love to eat so i`ll be back to this blog.

    • benberkon March 22, 2010 at 8:19 am #

      Thanks, Webmistress.

      A sham you don’t like eggs on their own — one of my favorite foods in the world!

  6. Magee93 May 5, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    Such a classic breakfast but in my family, we called them bird’s nests.

    • benberkon May 5, 2010 at 8:27 am #

      Bird’s nests? Never heard that one! Well, regardless of name, it’s a delicious breakfast!

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