Guys, I am not a morning person – whenever a peppy person goes on and on about how amazing it is to start their day early, I usually gape at said person for about two minutes. While I totally respect anyone who can rise with the sun and face the day enthusiastically, I also hate them a little. I am a child of the night – my brain has no function before 11AM. Even my mother says I would switch day and night when I was an infant. Sorry Mom.
There is nothing sweeter than snuggling up with a couple pillows under layers of blankets and not waking up to an alarm. Alarms are stupid anyway – they literally ruin everyone’s dreams. Abandoning my warm bed is the last thing I want to do in autumn. But we all have to break our own hearts a little and try to be responsible human beings. However, that doesn’t mean our tastebuds have to be boring.
I present to you, morning or night lovers, the loaded egg in a hole. It’s a grilled cheese sandwich with an egg in the middle, then topped off with bacon bits and chopped chives. I’d like to think Ron Swanson would approve of this little breakfast number.
Loaded Egg In A Hole
2 slices of bread
1 slice of cheese of your choice (I chose Muenster)
1 slice of bacon, cut into bite size pieces
1 teaspoon chopped chives
Salt and pepper
In a small pan over medium heat, fry bacon until crispy and brown. Transfer the bacon bits onto a paper towel to absorb the fat. Get rid of most of the fat in the pan, but leave enough for the grilled cheese portion.
Keeping in on medium low heat, make the grilled cheese like you normally would. Let the sandwich absorb the bacon fat and turn a couple times until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown. Take the sandwich out of the pan and use something circular (I used a glass cup) to cut a hole in the middle of the sandwich. You can either eat this mini grilled cheese now or save it for the final toppings. There is no wrong answer here.
Bring the pan to medium high heat, place the sandwich back in and crack the egg into the hole. The egg will take a couple minutes to fry – carefully check the bottom to see if it’s done. Once the bottom is cooked, use a spatula and gently turn the egg sandwich over so it can cook the top. Only cook this side for 30 seconds – we still want the yolk to be runny but the egg white should be done. Carefully turn it back over again and place it on a plate.
Season with salt and pepper – then go crazy with the toppings. Throw the reserved bacon bits and chives at the sandwich and watch the yolk ooze out of this cheesy beauty as you cut into it.