An Egg in a Hole Grilled Cheese (or Bird in a Nest as we call it in the Pacific NW) is a deliciously messy twist on a classic breakfast sandwich. Easy to make and fun to eat!Inspired by The Portlandia Cookbook.
Preheat an electric griddle to 275°-300°F (135°-150°C), or heat a heavy skillet over medium-low. Combine melted butter and oil in a small bowl. Set aside. Layer sliced cheese between two pieces of bread. Brush the butter-oil mixture onto the grilling surface (or generously butter the outside face of each piece of bread if you prefer).
Place the assembled sandwich on the preheated griddle and grill for 4 minutes per side, or until it is light honey brown.
Remove the grilled sandwich from the heat, and place it on a plate or cutting board.A. Using a round biscuit-cutter, empty can, or the rim of a drinking glass, cut a hole out of the middle of the sandwich.Return the sandwich to the skillet, placing the cut sandwich-middle on the grilling surface outside the sandwich.B. Crack an egg into the hole in the middle of the sandwich.Continue to grill the egg int he sandwich for about 2 minutes; until the sandwich is golden brown and the eggs have set up well on the bottom.Check the sandwich holes often as they grill: they seem to cook faster than the sandwich with the egg.C. Flip the sandwich over and grill it on the other side until the egg is done to your liking.
Serve sandwiches warm, and be sure to offer a fork for eating it.
We recommend using an electric griddle or skillet if you have one.