This Ham and Cheese Egg in a Hole is perfect for any meal of the day. Crispy ham, melty cheese, and perfectly cooked eggs centred in a toasted slice of bread.
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Call it what you want: Egg in a Hole, Toad in the Hole, or simply deliciously, we cannot get enough of these crispy Ham and melty Cheese Egg in a Hole with a nestled egg in a perfectly toasted slice of bread.
We’ve been enjoying these Toads in the Hole for all meals of the day because they cover all my bases for wholesome goodness and pair like a dream to various salads. They’re a true anytime on any dime kind of meal.
My youngest is also now obsessed with the name and keeps asking everyone if they believe her that she ate a “toad in a hole” – it’s pretty cute.
Egg in the Hole are a dream for using eggs as staple in everyday meals. This fun and delicious egg recipe is a great source of high-quality protein and is completely satisfying. By simply adding the egg to the centre of the bread, it takes the everyday and turns into something a little more special.
A Toad in a Hole consists of relatively few ingredients. Here are a few ingredients that make the recipe easy:
- Large sized eggs fit in a regular glass sized hole. Brown or white eggs will work – whichever you have on hand is perfect.
- Thick sliced bread so the egg is nestled nicely into the hole. If bread is regular thickness, I’d layer the ham to create an edge around the hole so the egg doesn’t overspill.
- Salted butter is used on both sides of the bread to create a nicely toasted slice.
- Cheese of your choice. Any good melty cheese will work here including: cheddar, mozzarella, gruyère, fontina. I used old cheddar cheese as my youngest is a huge fan.
Although the kitchen tools used in this egg recipe are everyday kitchen pieces we all likely have on hand, I’ll go over why I suggest using them below.
- A non-stick pan that has a lid. Placing the lid on the pan for a short period of time allows the top of the egg white to cook through without flipping the egg.
- Use a glass to cut out the hole.
- Crack the egg into a small bowl before guiding it into the hole in the toast. If you’re an egg cracking pro (I know you’re out there!), feel free to crack the egg and place directly into the toast in pan. However, loads of us (me included!) sometimes overshot our skills and need the bowl to keep the yolk intact.
- I recommend toasting the top side of your bread before you add your ham and cheese. This will give the bread it’s nice toasted look and feel.
What to serve with a Toad in a Hole can range from:
- Fresh fruit, like this vibrant Winter Salad,
- A fresh salad like this Kale Caesar,
- Or this Watermelon Cucumber Salad.
Crispy Ham and melty Cheese make this Toad in the Hole a delicious and easy egg recipe for any meal of the day.
- 4 large eggs
- 4 pieces thick cut bread
- 80 grams thinly sliced ham deli ham slices
- 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp salted butter, room temperature
Butter both sides of each piece of bread. Using an upside down glass or a round cookie cutter, remove the middle portion of the bread (reserve or cook alongside).
Place bread in a large non-stick pan, bottom side up, over medium-high heat. Allow bread to toast for 2-3 minutes.
Flip bread over and carefully place sliced ham in the hole of bread. Sprinkle cheese on top of ham and bread. Carefully crack egg into a small bowl and guide the egg into the hole lined with ham and cheese. Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes and then cook for 3-5 minutes more with the lid on (to fully cook through the egg white tops).
Serve immediately or heat in a pan on the stove top within 24 hours.