May 2, 2020

Parmesan Jalapeño Crusted Egg in a Hole

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 6 mins
The pickled jalapeños give this dish a nice subtle spice and tangy flavor while the Parmesan melts and creates a crisp and cheesy crust on the outside. The same method can be used with other melty cheeses as well, like Cheddar or Monterey Jack, depending on what you have around.

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I have recently gotten into the art of baking my own sourdough bread and this recipe was the perfect way to utilize a slice for breakfast.

I love finding ways to put twists on classic breakfast recipes. The pickled jalapeños give this dish a nice subtle spice and tangy flavor while the Parmesan melts and creates a crisp and cheesy crust on the outside. The same method can be used with other melty cheeses as well, like Cheddar or Monterey Jack, depending on what you have around.

Parmesan Jalapeño Crusted Egg in a Hole

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Pickled jalapeño – Using pickled jalapeños in this recipe adds a tangy, acidic contrast with a bit less heat than fresh jalapeños.
  • Parmesan cheese – Parmesan-Reggiano is definitely one of my favorite cheeses. It’s a hard cow’s milk cheese aged for different lengths of time. I’d recommend buying a roughly cut piece of wrapped cheese from the grocery store – it’s typically a higher quality cheese.
  • Sourdough bread – I love the tangy flavor, the springy inside and the crackly golden-brown crust of sourdough bread. Of course, store-bought bread can be used, and I don’t mean to brag but there’s just something about using your own! Don’t forget to serve this with a healthy serving of bacon!
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How to Make Jalapeño Crusted Egg in a Hole

  1. Spread the cheese on a non-stick pan. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Spread the Parmesan cheese directly on the pan in the approximate shape of the bread.
  2. Add jalapeños and cook the cheese. Layer the jalapeños on top of the cheese in an even single layer. Next, add the slice of bread on top, gently pressing down to make sure the cheese adheres. Cook until the cheese has melted and turns golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove to a cutting board, cheese side up. Let the cheese cool for 2 minutes.
  3. Cut the center from the bread. Use a 2-inch circle cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out a hole in the center of the bread. and remove the inside of the circle and set it aside.
  4. Add the egg and cook. Return the pan to medium heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the bread back to the pan, cheese side up and crack the egg into the center of the circle. Season the egg with salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook until the whites of the egg cook through, about 3 minutes.
  5. Serve. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.
Classic egg in a hole toast gets and upgrade with a Parmesan and pickled jalapeño crust in this easy breakfast recipe.

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Parmesan Jalapeño Crusted Egg in a Hole

pickled jalapenos and crispy cheese on toast with an egg in the middle
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced pickled jalapeños
  • 1 slice sourdough bread, cut ½” thick
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 medium egg
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed

Instructions:

  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Spread the Parmesan cheese directly on the pan in the approximate shape of the bread. Layer the jalapeños on top of the cheese in an even single layer and add the slice of bread on top, gently pressing down to make sure the cheese adheres. Cook until the cheese has melted and turns golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove to a cutting board, cheese side up. Let the cheese cool for 2 minutes.
  • Use a 2-inch circle cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out a hole in the center of the bread and remove the inside of the circle and set it aside.
  • Return the pan to medium heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the bread back to the pan, cheese side up and crack the egg into the center of the circle. Season the egg with salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook until the whites of the egg cook through, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan and serve immediately.

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