Apr 15 2014
I lived off of Frogs in a Hole when I was in college. A friend told me about them and I was instantly hooked. (And there may have been a time when we pretended we were on a cooking show while making them.) Aside from the entertainment though, a slice of bread and an egg is a pretty cheap meal for a starving student. But this meal is more than just good for the wallet; it’s good for the soul. It’s so satisfying! Warm bread, runny egg, butter smacking up against my lips as I eat it. Man! It’s no wonder I ate so many of them back then. Today though, I take it one step further.
By just adding another slice of bread (oh yeah, and all that cheese,) I’ve mashed up two comfort foods that I grew up on – the good ol’ Frog in a Hole, and a grilled cheese sandwich. The results, as you would expect, are divine. I seriously suggest cutting the sandwich all the way through before you even dive in, as that yummy egg yolk will act as a sauce that you can mop up with all the other sandwich bits. And that round piece you take out of the bread? Don’t you dare throw that away – it’s one of the best parts!
2 slices white bread $0.28
2 eggs $0.40
1/2 cup cheddar or mozzarella cheese, sliced $1.25
2 tablespoons butter, divided $0.12
1 tablespoon vegetable oil $0.07
Total cost $2.14
Cost per serving $2.14
1.) Brush a skillet with the vegetable oil (so that the egg doesn’t stick.)
2.) Using about 1/4 of the butter, spread it on one side of one slice of bread. Place that bread in a skillet, butter-side down, before buttering the other side. Layer all of the cheese on top.
3.) Butter one side of the remaining slice of bread and then lay that, butter-side down, on top of the cheese. Butter the other side of the piece of bread.
4.) Using a cookie cutter, cut out a hole in the middle of the sandwich. When the hole is made, place the cut portion of the sandwich beside the bigger sandwich in the skillet (so that it can get all grilled and crispy golden brown too.) Turn the heat under the skillet to medium.
5.) Carefully crack two eggs into the hole you’ve cut out. Cook for about four minutes, until the egg has started to set on one side, and the bottom slice of bread is turning crispy and golden. (You will probably have some of the egg whites leak and be visible around the edges of the bread. That’s perfectly okay.)
6.) Using a wide spatula, flip the entire sandwich over once and cook for another four or five minutes. At the same time, flip over the “hole” portion of the sandwich to ensure an even cook there, too. (When you have first flipped the sandwich over, don’t worry if the eggs sink a bit. As the other side cooks, they will puff up and take up the entire hole.)
7.) Continue cooking until the entire sandwich is golden brown, the eggs have fully set to your liking, and the cheese has melted.
8.) Serve and enjoy!