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pickled jalapenos and crispy cheese on toast with an egg in the middle

Parmesan Jalapeño Crusted Egg in a Hole

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. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword brunch, cheese, eggs, jalapeno, pickled jalapeno, sourdough, toast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 565kcal


  • 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


  • 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.


Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 211mg | Sodium: 1184mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1123IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 362mg | Iron: 4mg