[Photograph: Vicky Wasik. Video: Natalie Holt]

Egg-in-a-hole has long been one of our favorite breakfasts: Cut a hole out of a slice of bread, cook in butter, break an egg into the hole. Following a brilliant idea we first saw on Reddit, we decided to try building a grilled cheese sandwich out of two of those bad boys—and deliciousness ensued.

Why It Works

  • A combination of soft-cooked fried eggs and melty grilled cheese makes a delightfully messy sandwich (to be eaten with a knife and fork!).
  • Pre-toasting the bread in the skillet allows you to avoid overcooking the eggs once they’re cracked in.
  • Yield:Makes 1 sandwich
  • Active time:15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes
  • Rated: 4.75
  • Ingredients

    • 2 slices hearty sandwich bread
    • 2 tablespoons butter (1 ounce; 30g), divided
    • 2 eggs
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 slices American, cheddar, and/or Jack cheese


    1. 1.

      Cut a circle out of the center of each slice of bread using a small empty can, a biscuit cutter, or the ring from a Mason jar.

    2. 2.

      Melt half of butter in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium heat until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices, break an egg into each, season with salt and pepper, and cook, swirling occasionally, until bread is golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.

    3. 3.

      Add remaining butter and carefully flip both slices of bread, making sure the eggs don’t break. Add a cheese slice to the top of each bread slice. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until golden brown on second side.

    4. 4.

      Close sandwich with cheese inside and continue to cook, flipping occasionally, until eggs are soft-cooked and cheese is melted, about 1 minute longer. Serve immediately.

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