Eggs in a Hole

I received this wonderful hot sauce from one of my lovely friends, Amanda as a thank you gift. Secret Aardvark is “Our flagship sauce features a unique “Caribbean meets Tex-Mex” flavor and just enough heat to slap the sass outta your mouth. It’s a versatile table sauce that adds a special something to dang near anything, and works as a marinade too!” It hails from the town of Portland, Oregon. As with the majority of hot sauces in our fridge (there are a lot), I figured I’d add it to some eggs. Shocking, I know. 

Eggs in a hole has a few different names but really, the gist is frying up some eggs inside of some buttered bread. It’s delicious. I’m actually disappointed that I don’t make this more often. We just purchased biscuit cutters which come in handy for this dish. Use them to make a uniform hole in your bread. Word of advice, slather your bread with butter before you make the holes. 

Keep those cutout holes and crisp them up your skillet. They are buttery, crispy and absolutely delicious. Per usual, we recommend using a cast iron skillet for this dish. It will cook your bread and eggs evenly and always has the best flavor. Warm the skillet while you are buttering your bread and let them cook over medium heat. Careful not to let it get too hot or it will burn. Nobody wants that. 

Since bread and eggs can both have a pretty basic flavor, you’ll definitely need to season them. Along with salt and freshly cracked pepper, I tossed in some Penzey’s crushed red pepper flakes. You could get as creative as possible with the spices! If you use a nice Tuscan style bread, add oregano or basil for a little Italian twist. 

If you are using your trusty cast iron skillet, it will be non-stick which is definitely helpful in this situation. Let them cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side, until the white is fully cooked. If you don’t like runny eggs, let them go another 30-90 seconds to let them firm up. I really loaded up my bread with butter to make sure it got nice and crispy and flavorful. Oh, and full of fat. 
Obviously, this is where the hot sauce kicks into the recipe. The Secret Aardvark is full of spicy habaneros and packed full of flavor. It adds the perfect punch to your eggs in a hole. Oh, and I added cheese because why not? Mmm, look at that runny egg there. My absolute favorite. There you go, the simplest and deliciously fun breakfast fit for the whole family. 

Recipe — Eggs in a Hole

2 pieces of your favorite bread
2-3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs
salt & pepper
red pepper flakes
favorite hot sauce, like Secret Aardvark
cheddar cheese, optional

Spread softened butter on both sides of bread.
Using biscuit cutter, cut out a hole in middle of each slice of bread.
Place bread in warmed skillet. Crack one egg in each of the bread holes.
Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
Over medium heat, cook each side 1-2 minutes until white is fully cooked on both sides and bread is toast-like.
Remove from skillet. Drizzle hot sauce and shred cheese on top. Enjoy while warm!

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