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Egg in a Hole Recipe
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Egg in a Hole

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"A delicious runny yolk egg cooked in the center of a piece of toast and eaten with a fork is a great way to enjoy an egg in a slightly different way. My kids feel fancy when eating these."

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  • PREP

    1 min
  • COOK

    4 mins

    5 mins


  1. Melt the bacon grease in a non-stick pan over low heat.
  2. Cut a 1 1/2 to 2-inch hole from the center of the bread slice; lay in the hot skillet. When the side facing down is lightly toasted, about 2 minutes, flip and crack the egg into the hole; season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the egg is cooked and mostly firm. Flip again and cook 1 minute more to assure doneness on both sides. Serve immediately.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 18, 2009

my advice to people is when I learned this recipe at like 8 years old, I took the bread buttered it both sides, and took a small mouth glass and pressed down to cut the perfect circle (hole) in the middle of the bread, put it on the stove and added the egg to the hole, salt and peppered, flipped and cooked the little cut out circle as well. it never burned. Never even tried bacon, I was too little then lol.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 11, 2012

We call these Pirate's Eyes. Cut hole in plain bread with a small juice glass. Butter bread. Place in pan sprayed with Pam. Drop egg in. Cook until bread is golden brown, and egg is just over easy. (runny yolk). Add maple syrup and eat! Delicious every time, and a kid favorite!

Oct 09, 2011

This was breakfast after my muffins tanked. It's always a comforting breakfast (my dad made it for me when I was a kid) but it was made even better with the use of bacon grease. Is there anything bacon can't make better? I don't think so. ;)

Nov 11, 2010

Excellent. I'm 50 years old and had never heard of this before. I prepared it for my husband this morning and he loved it. I used a fork to mix the egg a couple times as it cooked so it wasn't as runny. I was a little short on bacon grease so I added a little butter to the grease. I put the extra bread rounds in another skillet, and quickly sauted them in butter with cinnamon/sugar sprinkled on top, flipping them once -- a delicious and easy addition to this already yummy breakfast.

Feb 13, 2009

Egg in a hole, egg in a many different names for this! It's very good. Simple to make too. I turn down the heat after I put the egg in and cover with a lid for a few minutes or untill the white and most of the yolk is cooked. I sometimes scramble the egg before putting it in the hole (kids like it this way)I don't use bacon grease, although I'm very sure that it would be really good that way..Mmmm. I just use butter or margarine. THX.

Aug 04, 2010

So many names for an old classic. To me it has always been Toad in a Hole. I now use olive oil for the extra flavor. Thanks for reminding me that my snack or quick lunch can be full of protein and very tasty. A little fruit on the side completes it.

Nov 09, 2010

My mother made this for us as kids back in the 1960's. We called it "hole in the middle"....never used bacon grease...only butter. Nice with day or two day old bakery bread...not just white grocery store bread. Seeing this recipe brought back warm, cherished memories from my childhood. Note: use a drinking glass to make the hole

Feb 24, 2012

Delicious and easy for breakfast! Great way to combine your eggs and toast together plus it's a nice departure from the usual scrambled egg. I opted out of cooking this in bacon grease and just used a little melted butter. I waited until the egg was cooked and added a slice of cheese. Great with a side of Canadian bacon and OJ!


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  • Calories
  • 231 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 208 mg
  • 69%
  • Fat
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 8.7 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 285 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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