I’ve seen these egg in a hole toasts floating around Pinterest and other food blogs for a while now, but never realized just how fun and delicious they would end up turning out. Not to mention, they’re SO easy to make! Leave it to the wonderful world of food bloggers and food photographers to make the simplest meals look so gourmet you’ll probably trick your friends into thinking that you’re some amazing chef.
After stumbling upon this delicious post, I decided to take on the challenge of making an egg in a hole styled sandwich, for my roommate who loves runny eggs. What better way to celebrate your roommate’s birthday than to make a gourmet breakfast in bed, right? Actually, this brings back a lot of fond memories of our time together freshman year, when my other roommate Stephanie and I decided to wake up early to make cinnamon rolls, crispy bacon and some fresh fruit for our roommate Mai. Kinda makes me laugh to think that we actually forced her to climb back into bed just so we could give her breakfast in bed.
Anyways, I decided to re-live this tradition this year with some more breakfast, because food always tastes better when it comes from the heart and made with love. I’ve never been big on gifts, just because it was never really a thing for me to receive or give lavish presents on birthdays or other celebrations, and even now on birthdays or Christmases, I honestly just always prefer to spend time with my loved ones over anything and thoroughly enjoy handwritten cards and handmade things over anything. And if it’s a handmade sandwich, that’s probably a plus!
Okay, so first, you want to grab a spoon or knife and just form a square indent in the middle of your bread. Next, drop the egg in there!
Butter the sides of the bread around the indent you just made and sprinkle with cheese. Lots of it. Call me weird, but I’ve never been a big fan of cheese. I only like cheese in pizzas, Cheez-Its, Goldfish and Cheetos (but not Cheeto puffs). Everything else I can usually never tolerate. But burnt cheese is like a whole new world and I LOVE IT.
Get ready to bake it in the oven! Toaster oven is even better because it’ll probably be faster. Although I didn’t want to take any risks with our toaster oven that has been to known to burn things in like a millisecond. But basically, you’re going to want to go from this…
To THIS. Are you drooling yet?
For the bottom slice of toast, cover both sides with butter and let it toast in a skillet on both sides until they’re golden brown. For the filling, I decided on some simple sauteed kale (with a little bit of lemon juice and garlic), some smoked ham and caramelized onions and mushrooms.
The best part is a delicious avocado-pesto spread that I slathered all over the top layer of ham, and it just gives it such a nice combination of flavors. You know, I was actually wondering if there’s an actual way to properly assemble a sandwich together. I clearly have no idea, as my spread is on the very top, when in fact, I think it’s more common to put the spread on the very bottom of your sandwich and build up from there, but hey. It’s YOUR sandwich and you can do whatever you want with it.
Sprinkle your egg with some salt, pepper, dried herbs, and whatever else suits your fancy.
Nothing like some light yolk porn to start your morning off. And when in doubt, just remember to put an egg on it. It makes all things better.
Bon appétit! ♥
- 1 slice bread
- 1 egg
- Dried herbs
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 slice bread
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup onions, chopped
- 3-4 mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup kale
- 2 slices smoked ham
- 1/2 of avocado
- 1 tablespoon pesto sauce
- Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 400 °F.
- Use the back of a spoon or fork to make a square indent in the center of the bread.
- Crack the egg into the indent.
- Spread butter on sides of the indent and sprinkle with cheese.
- Sprinkle egg lightly with salt, pepper, dried herbs (and other seasonings of your choice).
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until egg is set and cheese is slightly crispy.
- Heat about 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium high-heat.
- Place bread in skillet, toasting both sides until golden brown.
- Remove from skillet and add in another tablespoon butter.
- Sauté onions for about 2-3 minutes, until transluscent. Mix in mushrooms.
- Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
- Set onion and mushroom mixture aside when done.
- Lightly drizzle olive oil in skillet and mix in minced garlic.
- Add kale and cook until leaves are wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
- In separate bowl, mash half of avocado with pesto sauce and combine.
- On bottom slice, add layer of sautéed kale.
- On top of kale, add in one slice of smoked ham.
- On top of ham, add caramelized mushrooms and onions.
- Place another slice of smoked ham on top.
- Slather avocado mixture on top.
- Place cheesy baked egg toast on top.
- To speed up the baking process, you can also broil for the last few remaining minutes, to help you get the crispy cheese. Keep an eye out as to not burn the toast or the cheese!
- If you'd like, you can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice with your kale to brighten up the flavor.