Egg-in-a-Hole Grilled Cheese

Breakfast, Dinner, Snacks

Sometimes I’m attracted to food because of its motion. Let me explain.

I love pulling a slice of pizza from the pie and seeing all the cheese strings flail in the air; only to then sword the cheese with my finger, breaking it off for good. That’s rad.

I love imagining (and watching) a kernel of popcorn exploding and transforming into a buttery, movie snack. Popcorn is the butterfly of the food world. Think about it.

I like when I pour a beer and flirt with the idea of it overflowing…and then it does. I always give a bratty smirk when that happens.

I like watching the little craters sporadically show up on the surface of a pancake.

I really dig bubbling, simmering tomato sauce. Lots of things simmer…tomato sauce, hands down, is the prettiest.

And then there’s the stream of a bright yellow yolk that gently flows out of a fried egg.

Food motion makes me hungry. Wait, does this mean I wanna eat motion? Is food motion even a thing?

Moving on…

This sandwich has two motions going on: a runny yolk and oozing cheese.

Pause…can we just take a moment and all agree that Egg-in-a-Hole is the cutest dish ever brained up.

“Yo, egg-in-a-hole, who brained you up?!”

Oh, you’re a piece of food and can’t talk back…cool.

Moving on…again…

I added a little prosciutto for some heft. I wanted dinner.

If you don’t have any or are trying to go veggie, leave it out. It’s totally delicious without it.

And please…grate yo’ cheese. It melts faster, which is important in this case.

Now, go make this for breakfast, lunch or dinner…and eat some food motion. It’s the right thing to do.

Egg-in-a-Hole Grilled Cheese

Print this recipe!

Yields 1 Sandwich

2 slices bread of choice (I used white; I think 7-grain would be lovely.)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
2 large eggs
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3 slices prosciutto

Using a biscuit or cookie cutter, cut a 2-inch hole from the center of both slices of bread. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. When it’s melted, add the two slices of bread. Let the bread lightly toast for a minute, or until lightly golden brown, and then flip the two slices over. Dab the remaining butter in the middle of the bread circles. We want to ensure the egg doesn’t stick.

Crack the eggs into the holes and season with salt and pepper. If you’re using prosciutto, chill with the salt. Just add a little.

Cover the pan for a minute, just until the egg whites are sorta set. Next, add the grated cheese to one half and cover for another minute, or until the cheese is practically melted.

Using a spatula, gently top the cheese slice with the egg slice. Cook for one more minute, or until the cheese is melted.

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  • Reply Katrina September 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Mmm this sounds fabulous! I need to make this TODAY!

  • Reply Jessica @ How Sweet September 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

    why are you so smart?! love love love eggs in a hole!

  • Reply Kaja R. September 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Yummy! I just can’t wait to make them 🙂

  • Reply tina September 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    i might just die now! you are brilliantly funny and a talented chef! i love reading your post – makes me feel giddy like a school girl!

  • Reply rita in mi September 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I love love LOVE this idea!!

  • Reply Bev Weidner September 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I l-u-v eggs in a holes! Er, egg in a hole. Er, two eggs in two holes.


    HMM. Let me get back to you on this.

  • Reply Sara September 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    YUM! I am definitely going to try this one! And you are right, foods with ‘motion’ are yummy!

  • Reply brandi September 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    egg in a hole is one of my favorites, but this takes it over the edge. i need it. maybe tonight for dinner.

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  • Reply New York Diaires September 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I am loving your posts as of late! Please keep the good stuff coming!

  • Reply Sara B September 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Oh god yummm.

  • Reply Paula @ Dishing the Divine September 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    wow…. this looks soooo tasty! And easy too!

  • Reply Rachel at Eat and Write September 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Though this looks amazing (for serious), I mostly want to say that I’m stealing the phrase “brained up,” because it’s awesome. Who brained it up?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna September 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      You can totally use it. No biggie. Don’t even have to give me credit. It’s all good.

  • Reply Erin September 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Whether food motion is a real thing or not I am totally with you. Love that you paired the oozing of the egg with this!

  • Reply Tory September 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    COVET. This looks so dang good. Gorgeous work, Adrianna!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna September 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks, Tory! X

  • Reply Teri Lyn Fister September 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Yum. This is cute. So are you.

  • Reply Kiran @ September 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    That’s a foodgasm! So so drool-worthy! We are making it for breakfast tomorrow 🙂

  • Reply Angharad September 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    That last picture is out of control. I think you know that already though.

  • Reply Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) September 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    wow this is serious!

  • Reply Tina September 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Food motion!! You’re funny. This looks ridiculously delicious.

  • Reply kitty quintana September 10, 2011 at 12:05 am

    This looks too good to eat, but I want some anyway!

  • Reply Michelle of Chellbellz September 10, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Okay but seriously I hate you for making this! I’m trying to loose some lbs daggit!!

  • Reply Becki @ Becki's Whole Life September 10, 2011 at 2:04 am

    This is so clever! We love egg in a hole and grilled cheese in this house so this would be a big win!

  • Reply Jessica September 10, 2011 at 6:57 am

    OMG!!! You make me laugh constantly. Seriously. And this sandwich is crazy looking. I love it.

  • Reply The Food Gospel According to Ruth September 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    That looks amazing!!!!!

  • Reply Melissa@Julia's Bookbag September 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    This is like an easier-to-do version of a Croque Madame! Except without a fiddly bechamel sauce. I am trying this out STAT! Basically, my way of eating happy involves putting an egg on top of anything, so this makes me ALL kinds of stoked!! 🙂

  • Reply Mo September 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I just had a spaz!!! Dude, this is AWSEOME!!!! I love them and I might just cry tears of grateful joy!!!

  • Reply Mo September 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I just had a spaz!!! Dude, this is AWSEOME!!!! I love them and I might just cry tears of grateful joy!!!

  • Reply Mich @ 6morningside September 11, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Ok- I have heard about egg in a hole for the third time now in about a week, so I think I need to make it soon. And what a great idea. Glad I saw this before Sunday breakfast tomorrow. Love the pics and the blog!

  • Reply Amanda September 11, 2011 at 1:46 am

    We are big grilled cheese fans in our household and tried this recipe this evening. It was AWESOME!! Thanks!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna September 12, 2011 at 8:09 am

      Yay! High five.

  • Reply Dana September 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Great food motion on that sandwich, bravo! I have a funny feeling I am going to love this combination

  • Reply Vijitha September 12, 2011 at 12:17 am

    OMG!! It looks so yum. Awesome clicks

  • Reply Kate September 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Food motion, I LOVE it!

  • Reply jackie September 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    YUM!!!! love this post- i love grilled cheese and i love eggs! i’d pair this with some tomato soup for dinner/lunch!! thanks for the delicious inspiration

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna September 13, 2011 at 6:11 am

      Tomato soup pairing!! Genius.

  • Reply Amy @ A Little Nosh September 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I love food motion too…just never knew it was an actual “thing”. This sandwich looks insane. In a good way.

  • Reply Lisa @ The Cooking Bride September 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I make the egg-in-a-hole part all the time – we call them one-eyed Jacks. Never thought about making grilled cheese sandwiches, though. Yum!!

  • Reply Ashleigh @ ashleighskitchen September 13, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Wow this looks so good! Egg in holes are delicious, and then add cheese and meat, YUMMO! I will have to try this for sure!

  • Reply caroleena September 13, 2011 at 3:29 am

    JUST found your blog. JUST showed this recipe to my teenage daughter. She is making this RIGHT NOW, saying as she’s gathering ingredients…”This is gonna be EPIC!”

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna September 13, 2011 at 6:11 am

      Yay! This makes me so happy.

  • Reply Heather September 13, 2011 at 5:19 am

    It has been in front of my eyes all along but I never thought of categorizing the delight that is ‘food in motion’. Well said. And this dish…utterly craveable as it combines two of the top favorites in our house (grilled cheese, my specialty & eggs in a basket, as we call them). My boyfriend is going to flip!

    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

  • Reply Lindsay (Young Married Mom) September 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I think you may be a genius.

  • Reply Sugel September 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    .A grilled cheese sandwich is a simple dish consisting of two slices of bread with between them optionally with .. .The key variable is the ratio of cheese to bread this depends on the thickness and density of the bread and the amount of cheese used and varies according to taste generally more cheese is preferred so that the bread doesnt overwhelm the cheese.. .If using grated cheese which some recommend for more even melting then one needs to grate the cheese.

  • Reply Lindy September 14, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Just came across your blog! That last picture is probably the gooey-est one I’ve ever seen! Gotta looove eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches, can’t wait to try this out!

  • Reply Liz @ Southern Charm September 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    OMGeez I want this NOW! This is the first time I’ve been to your blog … I WILL be coming back! Love love love this recipe. You killed it with the pictures too 🙂

  • Reply Aubrey Devin September 19, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Woah. Talk about food porn. It almost looks naughty it looks so good. xo

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    Cue the Valley Girl…but I am, like, totally making this!!

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    I never heard of egg-in-a-hole until this weekend, when I saw the Pioneer Woman make it on her new Food Network show. I immediately had to try it.

    It was so cool, I made it again this morning. And now grilled cheese egg-in-a-hole?! Brilliant. Serioulsy, I think egg-in-a-hole thing is becoming a whole thing now.

    Anyway, thanks for writing your blog. It was great!

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  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 28, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Oh my god! This looks amazing. Why have I never thought to make this when I’ve made egg in a hole?!

    I bet this is also good with a slice of fresh avocado 🙂

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    My heart just stopped. I want this ASAP! YUM! I am so glad I found your blog thanks to Jessica at How Sweet! 😀

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    I want this ASAP!!!

    makes me mouth water!!!

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    Awesome, awesome recipe!!!! Planning to make this for my boyfriend soon. What’s a good alternative to the cheddar cheese? Or is it best not to use any substitute cheese? 🙂 Thanks!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna December 20, 2011 at 3:32 am

      Hi M. I think it tastes awesome with cheddar, but f you wanted to substitute, I’d go with a cheese that melts well…like fontina, gruyere, jack or swiss. 🙂

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