Whether you call it egg in a hole, egg in a basket, or gashouse eggs, there’s no doubt it’s a delicious breakfast staple in most US homes but have you ever thought about turning it into a grilled cheese sandwich? That’s exactly how we love to eat it. May is National Egg Month and this month we’ve teamed up with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs to share our egg in a hole grilled cheese sandwich recipe. You can thank us later. 😉
One of the things we are looking forward to the most about (hopefully, soon) buying our farm is raising our own chickens for farm-fresh eggs. Until then, we shop for eggs. Recently, we learned that 90% of all eggs sold in the US come from giant egg factories and we’re just not ok with that. We eat a lot of eggs and it’s important to us that we have eggs that come from happy, healthy, free-range chickens.
The hens that produce eggs for Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs are free to roam outside, peck at the ground, dustbathe and act like real hens. You can taste the difference in eggs (not kidding!) and once you’ve had eggs from happy hens, you’ll never go back.
One of our favorite egg-cellent recipes is an egg in the hole grilled cheese sandwich. It only takes a few minutes to cook and it’s perfect for a filling breakfast when you’re in a hurry. On the mornings when you have a little egg-stra (I couldn’t resist, #sorrynotsorry) time I recommend experimenting by adding bacon, tomato, spinach, or other additions to your sandwich. One of my favorite variations includes bacon and freshly chopped hot & spicy oregano. It’s SO good.
I usually use rye bread for our sandwiches because it holds the egg nicely and cooks up nice and crisp. If you’re looking for something heartier you can also use sourdough. I’ve tried making it with french bread but it’s usually a bit too thick and sops up too much of the egg while cooking, just FYI.
- 2 slices of rye or sourdough bread
- 1.5 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 large organic eggs
- 2 slices of pepper jack cheese (or your preferred cheese)
- Using a biscuit cutter, remove a circle from each slice of bread being careful to leave the crust in place.
- Melt the unsalted butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add both slices of bread to the skillet and crack an egg open into each open circle. Be careful to get the egg in the hole and not on the bread. Season the egg with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Slide an egg spatula under the toasted bread and flip, being careful not to break the egg yolk. Add a slice of cheese to the top of each piece of toast and let melt while the egg cooks to your desired preference. It is approximately 1-minute for an over-easy egg.
- Put the slices of bread together for a sandwich and serve. Slice the sandwich in half to open the egg and soak in the yolk.
- Other possible additions to this sandwich include bacon, avocado, tomato, and herbs.
This post was sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.
How do you prefer your egg in a hole? Have you ever considered using it in a grilled cheese sandwich?