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

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 1
Egg-In-A-Hole Grilled Cheese is the perfect after-school snack. A grilled cheese filled with gooey cheese and a hole cut in the center and an egg cooked in the center. It's the best of both worlds. 


  • 2 slices bread of choice , I used white; I think 7-grain would be lovely
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt & Black Pepper
  • 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.
CourseAppetizer, Snack
Keywordeggs, grilled cheese, put an egg on it
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  • Reply Dan McCullough September 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    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!

  • Reply Katie September 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

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

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

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

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

    I think you may be a genius.

  • 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 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!”

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

      Yay! This makes me so happy.

  • 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 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 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 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

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

      Tomato soup pairing!! Genius.

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

    Food motion, I LOVE it!

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

    OMG!! It looks so yum. Awesome clicks

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