Score big with this Egg in a Hole Sandwich! It’s a colorful, flavorful, vegetarian meal packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, and friendly fats to keep you going through the day.
Single purpose kitchen gadgets are one of my biggest weaknesses. For a while I dreamed of a kitchen stocked with cherry pitters, avocado slicers, pomegranate seeders. I figured that, by focusing each item on one specific use, companies were guaranteeing that these things really worked.
Fast forward to today, and I’ve become much more resourceful. Case in point– I needed a cookie cutter to cut my bread, and when I turned the drawers upside down but found none, I used a glass instead. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and nothing was going to stand between me and this egg-cellent sandwich. ‘Twas a lunch for the books.
Or, in this case, the blog.
You know how sometimes you see a sandwich with so much stuffed into it that it’s difficult to imagine you can eat it? I’m here to tell you, YES YOU CAN. Ignore the temptation to deconstruct the work of art on your plate, and put down your phone, because this Egg in a Hole creation needs two hands.
I feel like I scored big on the golf field with this sandwich. Crunchy toast paired with creamy vegetables and a hole-in-one bright, runny yolk? It’s basically the holy grail of sophisticated, feel-good sandwiches. Although you don’t have to fry your egg inside a toasted sourdough frame, that’s like saying monkeys don’t like bananas. You know better than that. Which is why I know you’ll dig out the ol’ cookie cutter.
Also, why take the hole-less route when you could save that last piece to mop up all the drippy leftovers? Yeah, that’s what I thought. You do know better than that.
Now that we’ve covered the basics of shape, let’s mosey on along to color. Take a good long look at the range you’re about to devour (it’s tough not to devour this meal). Mashed sweet potato bring that beautiful autumnal feel, not to mention all the beta carotene’s vision-boosting power. Mmmmm and it gets all caramelized in the oven. I think everyone should bake sweet potatoes just for that. I tasted sweet potato syrup at Fancy Food Show last summer, but I prefer it in vegetable form.
Then you’ve got red onion for a little bite, topped with arugula and avocado. We’re not even done yet and it’s already calling your name. I promise, just one last step before you can sink your teeth in. Time for the pièce de résistance, the egg in a hole.
Until relatively recently, runny yolks freaked me out, somewhere up there with eating raw fish. Except, now I love sushi, so… it was time to reevaluate this whole yolk situation. Timing is key here, unless you’re okay not experiencing the joy of drippy sandwiches that encourage that post-meal finger lick. Cooking the eggs over a medium-low flame helps the whites set without hardening the yolk. Practice makes (nearly) perfect, though, so you may need several tries to get the consistency you want. Honestly, that doesn’t sound bad to me. I’d be down for more sandwiches.
Would you make some extras if I said I wasn’t yolk-ing?
If you try this recipe, I’d love your feedback. Leave a comment below, save it on Pinterest, or tag #lensesandlentils on Instagram so that I can see your creations!
- 1 baked sweet potato
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp cumin
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 slices whole wheat sourdough bread
- 2 eggs
- 1-2 tsp olive oil
- red onion slices
- 1 handful baby arugula
- 1 avocado
- Mash the sweet potato with the garlic, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper, adjusting to taste. Set aside.
- Heat about 1 teaspoon oil in a shallow pan or griddle over a medium flame. Put 2 slices of bread on, cooking for 2 minutes per side. Set aside.
- If the pan needs more oil, pour a little more on. Using a cookie cutter or cup, cut out a circle in each of the remaining slices of bread, then add to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
- Flip the bread over and carefully pour an egg into each hole. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then very carefully flip over once more and cook for 30-60 seconds. The whites should be just set and the yolks runny.
- On the whole pieces of bread, layer mashed sweet potato, red onion, arugula, and avocado, then top with the egg in a hole. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.