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Egg in a hole Sandwich

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Egg in a hole Sandwich, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I’m psyched on eggs right now. If you read my previous post on the farm fresh eggs we got last week, then you know all about why. So since we’re on a mission to eat all these eggs while they’re as fresh as possible, I figured it’d be a good opportunity to share one of my favorite egg concoctions with you.

You might be familiar with the classic egg in a hole (where an egg is cooked inside a piece of bread that has a hole cut out of it), but have you ever had an egg in a hole sandwich? Just blew your mind, right? Totally know the feeling.

Now I’m not saying I’m the first to ever do this (in fact, I sure hope I’m not), but I haven’t seen it before and nothing of the sort comes up when I google it. I got the idea for this one afternoon when I was debating between having an egg sandwich or an egg in a hole for lunch. And then it hit me—have them both, duh.

So I made myself a provolone cheese, tomato and basil sandwich; cut a hole in it; put it on the pan and cracked an egg into it. This is obviously the kind of thing you want to eat while still hot with a knife and fork (and a nice runny yolk if you’re smart).

cutout

I made this one for Jason with ham, cheese and basil. I like mine with either roasted or fresh tomatoes instead of the ham.

portions

First you make the sandwich. I think it might be better to keep the tough to cut ingredients (like basil or tomatoes) around the perimeter of the bread so it’s easier to cut the hole out. I do it both ways….haven’t decided which is better.

basil

Before cutting the hole out, I like to cook the sandwich on a pan on medium heat for about 30 seconds per side with a little olive oil. Makes the hole easier to cut and also means you have a nicely toasted sandwich hole to dip into your yolk later. Make sure you cut the hole big enough so that the egg white has contact to the pan or it’ll never cook.This is a good enough size hole, but to be honest, a tad bigger is ideal.

hole

Put just a little drizzle of olive oil on the pan before you put the sandwich back to cook (drop a little extra oil in the hole) and then immediately crack the egg into the hole. Keep the heat on med low so the bread doesn’t burn and cover the pan so the egg white cooks faster.

rawhole

Flip it after a couple minutes and cook the other side. Check the egg for doneness by gently pressing the egg with your finger—should feel a little tight but still soft…not jiggley. What came first the sandwich or the egg?

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That was terrible…sorry.

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Recipe

10 minutes per sandwich. Sub with tomato (sun dried or roasted work great) for vegetarian option.

You need:

  • One egg
  • Olive oil
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Sliced bread
  • Cheese (Swiss or provolone is best)
  • Sliced tomatoes (vegetarian option)
  • Ham (meat lovers option)

Directions

  1. First you make the sandwich. I think it might be better to keep the tough to cut ingredients (like basil or tomatoes) around the perimeter of the bread so it’s easier to cut the hole out. I do it both ways….haven’t decided which is better.
  2. Before cutting the hole out, cook the sandwich on a pan on medium heat for about 30 seconds per side with a little olive oil. Makes the hole easier to cut and also means you have a nicely toasted sandwich hole to dip into your yolk later. Make sure you cut the hole big enough so that the egg white has contact to the pan or it’ll never cook.
  3. Put just a little drizzle of olive oil on the pan before you put the sandwich back to cook (drop a little extra oil in the hole) and then immediately crack the egg into the hole.
    Keep the heat on med low so the bread doesn’t burn and cover the pan so the egg white cooks faster.
  4. Flip sandwich after a couple minutes and cook the other side. Check the egg for doneness by gently pressing the egg with your finger—should feel a little tight but still soft…not jiggley. Top with some basil slivers and eat while hot!

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4 Comments

  1. april
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 8:09 AM | Permalink

    This is great! However, I have a really silly question to ask.. how did you cut the hole? While it was still in the pan using….?

  2. gabi
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

    I cook the sandwich just under a minute on each side, then remove it from the pan and cut out the hole just using a sharp knife. No special tool or anything. Then put your cut sandwich back on the pan and crack egg into it and continue cooking. Enjoy!

  3. Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM | Permalink

    This looks so yummy! I will omit the ham and use avocado since I’m trying to back off from heavy foods. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  4. kelly
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    I’ve done this for years… a shot glass works pretty well to make the hole ( I know it sounds silly, but that’s how I was taught to do it). I’ve never done it with other ingredients in the middle, but it should still do the job.

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