The Egg in a Hole recipe was invented in Boston, MA, and is made by cutting the center out of a piece of toast and cooking an egg in it. Combine that with a Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich and you have the Egg-in-a-Hole BLT.
Other names for the “egg in a hole” dish, include; “bullseye eggs”, “eggs in a frame”, “eggs in a nest”, “gashouse eggs”, “gashouse special”, “gasthaus eggs”, “hole in one”, “one-eyed Jack”, “one-eyed Pete”, “pirate’s eye”, and “popeye”.
Table of contents
- Ways to Make an Egg in a Hole BLT
- The Metropolitan City of Boston, Massachusetts
- How to Make an Egg-in-a-Hole BLT Sandwich
- Other Recipes That Go Well With Egg-in-a-Hole BLT
Ways to Make an Egg in a Hole BLT
The biggest variation of this recipe is what type of bread or bacon to use. This recipe calls for regular bacon, but some prefer Canadian bacon. We also use thick-cut Artisan bread. If you want to make it an Egg with a Hat version toast the inside round and put it on top of the sandwich, like a hat.
How to Store Your Egg-in-a-Hole BLT
This sandwich is best when eaten cooked. However, you might want to cook it and take it to a picnic, or on a road trip, or you just made one too many and you want to save it for later. Whatever your case you do not want to put the mayonnaise or tomatoes on it until you are ready to eat it.
To store Egg-in-a-Hole BLT, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator; stays good for 2 or 3 days. Do not freeze.
History of the Egg-in-a-Hole and BLT Recipes
In 1896 an official recipe called “egg with a hat” was published in the 1896 Boston Cooking-School Cookbook by Fannie Merritt Farmer. The recipe called for a two-and-a-half-inch cookie cutter to remove the bread’s center. Then cook the egg in the hole and the round center is served atop becoming the “hat.”
In 1903, the “Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book” was published and it featured a recipe by Dr. Evan Mee for a club sandwich. The recipe called for bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and a slice of turkey between two slices of bread.
The Metropolitan City of Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, officially the City of Boston and also known as Beantown, is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The city proper covers 48.4 square miles with a population of 675,647 in 2020, also making it the most populous city in New England.
The city government’s Office of Neighborhood Services has officially designated 23 neighborhoods in the city of Boston.
A Brief History of Boston
Early Boston was first inhabited by the Massachusetts tribe of Native Americans in 2400 BC. The Europeans established the first settlement in 1625 and it eventually became the third-largest town in the Thirteen Colonies until Philadelphia outgrew it in the mid-18th century.
In 1773 a group of Bostonian citizens threw an entire shipment of tea into Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party was a key event leading up to the revolution.
The siege of Boston started the American Revolutionary War. The British Army was garrisoned in Boston when the siege broke out and New England Minutemen blocked the British Army from moving inland.
Tourism in Boston
Every Boston neighborhood has something amazing to offer. Back Bay, Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, East Boston, the North End, Seaport, and the South End all have neighborhood tours and in addition to outdoor farmers and artisan markets. They all have a variety of incredible restaurants and beautiful public art.
Cuisine in Boston
Boston Cuisine is known for, baked beans (hence the nickname “Beantown”), bulkie rolls, and various pastries. The Boston cream pie is not a pie at all but a cake with custard filling. Boston is also known for its roast beef sandwich shops. Most pizza and sandwich shops also serve “steak tips” (marinated cubes of sirloin), a common menu item at pizza establishments and backyard cookouts.
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The team of chefs loves to create new and innovative dishes so they switch up the menu several times a year to feature seasonal favorites and new flavors. Each Toast features four unique weekly specials to keep it fresh! The main focus is to deliver the highest quality dishes made from scratch with the freshest ingredients.
How to Make an Egg-in-a-Hole BLT Sandwich
This recipe will take about 25 minutes to make although the bacon takes the longest the egg and toast will burn if you do not watch it closely. Have all your ingredients laid out and a work area prepared because it goes fast.
Depending on how you want your egg done will dictate how long you cook the egg. If you want the egg yolk runny, only cook your egg for about a minute on each side.
What You Need to Make an Egg-in-a-Hole BLT Sandwich
- 1 Skillet
- 1 Spatula
For the BLT
How to Cook an Egg-in-a-Hole BLT
The first slice of toast is the foundation for the BLT sandwich and the second slice, with an egg in the hole, tops the BLT resulting in an Egg in a Hole BLT.
Time needed: 25 minutes
How to Cook an Egg-in-a-Hole BLT Sandwich
- Cook the Bacon
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, then place the bacon side-by-side on the tray.
- Flip the Bacon
Cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes, flipping the bacon over 1/2 way through, 9-10 minutes. Continue to cook until it’s reached your desired level of crispiness. Remove the tray from the oven and transfer the bacon with tongs to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside for later.
- Toast the Bread
Heat a skillet to medium heat, then add butter and let melt. Add the bottom slice of bread and cook for 2 minutes, flip and toast for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and put on a plate.
- Build the BLT Portion
Spread toast with mayo and top with lettuce, bacon, and tomato. Set aside for later.
- Cut the Hole
Using a small glass or biscuit cutter, cut a hole into one slice of bread.
- Cook the Egg in a Hole Toast
Return skillet to medium heat, then add butter and let melt. Add bread, crack an egg into the hole, and toast for 2 minutes. Flip and toast for 2 minutes more or until the egg is cooked.
- Assemble and Serve
Season with pepper and top the BLT with the Egg in a Hole. Serve it Boston style with a cup of soup and a chocolate milkshake.
This sandwich is delicious by itself, but you might try Boston style with a cup of soup and a large chocolate milkshake.
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For the BLT
Cook the BLT Section
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, then place the bacon side-by-side on the tray.
- Cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes, flipping the bacon over 1/2 way through, 9-10 minutes. Continue to cook until it’s reached your desired level of crispiness. Remove the tray from the oven and transfer the bacon with tongs to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside for later.3 slices bacon
- Heat a skillet to medium heat, then add butter and let melt. Add the bottom slice of bread and cook for 2 minutes, flip and toast for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and put on a plate.1 slice sandwich bread, 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- Spread toast with mayo and top with lettuce, bacon, tomato. Set aside for later.2 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 slices iceberg lettuce, 1/2 large tomatoes
Cook the Egg in a Hole Toast
- Using a small glass or biscuit cutter, cut a hole into one slice of bread.
- Return skillet to medium heat, then add butter and let melt. Add bread, crack an egg into the hole, season with pepper, and toast for 2 minutes. Flip and toast for 2 minutes more or until the egg is cooked.1 tbsp unsalted butter, 1 slice sandwich bread, 1 egg, black pepper
Assemble and Serve
- Top the BLT section with the Egg in a Hole. Serve it Boston style with a cup of soup and a chocolate milkshake.
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