Recipe: Egg-in-a-Hole (Egg-in-a-Basket)

Egg-in-a-Hole, Courtesy:
Egg-in-a-Hole, Courtesy:

I first saw Ree Drummond make this recipe months ago on her show, Pioneer Woman (Food Network). I prefer my eggs scrambled, so this was a change of pace for me. Even so, I decided to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. I like this recipe because it’s a fun way to make eggs. It’s also super easy and fast. Why not have fun with your food?  Whomever said not to play with your food probably never tried an egg-in-a-hole. 


1 slice of your favorite kind of bread
1 Tbsp. butter
1 egg
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. With a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass, press a hole in the center of the slice of bread.

    Egg-in-a-Hole Preparing the bread, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
    Egg-in-a-Hole Preparing the Bread, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and melt in the butter.
  3. When the melted butter is evenly spread out, place the piece of bread in the skillet and crack the egg straight into the center ofthehole.

    Egg-in-a-Hole Cracked Eggs, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
    Egg-in-a-Hole Cracked Eggs, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
  4. Cook until the egg sets a bit on the bottom, 30 to 45 seconds.
  5. Sprinkle the egg with salt and pepper.
  6. After about a minute, flip it over with a spatula and salt and pepper the other side. The result is an over easy egg inside the slice of toasted bread, as shown below:

    Egg-in-a-Hole Cooked Eggs Flipped, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
    Egg-in-a-Hole Cooked Eggs Flipped, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
  7. Move the whole piece of toast around the skillet, soaking up the butter.
  8. Let it cook until the yolk feels soft.
  9. Serve hot.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • I do not have a biscuit cutter, so I used the rim of a wine glass, as shown in the photo above.
  • What to do with the cut out center? I lightly toasted it in the pan and served it to the side of the over easy egg.
  • The egg in the picture from the Food Network web site, appears not to be flipped; in that case, it is a sunny-side up egg, rather than an over easy egg; prepare it to your liking.
  • For two slices of bread (and two eggs), double the amount of butter.

Yield: 1 serving

Source:, Recipe Courtesy: Ree Drummond, Show: The Pioneer Woman, Episode: The Drummond Bunch



2 thoughts on “Recipe: Egg-in-a-Hole (Egg-in-a-Basket)

  1. NowICanEatCake January 7, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    Love egg-in-a-hole! My MIL taught me how to make these years ago when I was a newlywed! So yummy and easy to make, too! 🙂


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