The very first recipe I made with my dad was an egg in a hole.
It was his specialty growing up – the not-quite-baby in a family of 5 boys, my dad didn’t learn a ton of recipes or cooking skills until we were older and my parents got divorced, leaving him a single parent to hungry preteens.
But an egg in a hole? That he could make. My brother and I would beg him to make them – my poor mom wasn’t allowed to because “dad did it better” and I was probably 4 or 5 when he started to teach me his magical way of turning 3 simple ingredients into what I considered the best breakfast ever.
I should mention here, I pretty much hated eggs. But I would eat egg in a holes every morning for weeks.
The recipe is a simple one – butter break, cut a hole, put it in a pan, add an egg, flip, enjoy.
But there’s some kind of magic that comes with the buttery bread toasting up into perfectly crispy goodness, an egg that’s just barely set (you can totally make it fully cooked through or even scramble the egg before cooking), and the interior of the toast that gets a bit egg-y and French toast-y.
Not to mention it’s the perfect recipe to get kids started cooking.
Tips for making an egg in the hole recipe for kids
Egg in a hole recipe for kids: ages 5 and under
- Have kids butter the toast and cut the hole in the bread.
- Depending on the kid, you can probably also have them crack the egg into a separate, small bowl.
- Season the egg.
Egg in a hole recipe for kids: ages 5 and up
This is a bit of a subjective age, so you definitely need to figure out what age is appropriate for your kids. Always monitor kids closely when using a stove.
That being said, this egg in a hole recipe for kids is super simple and a great “starter” for getting kids cooking in the kitchen since there’s really not much to it.
- Have big kids do all the steps above in the “under 5” section, but let them cook it as well.
- Let them preheat the pan and test it it’s ready to add food by sprinkling water onto the pan.
- Gently add the buttered bread to the pan and crack egg into the center.
- Flip using a spatula once, trying not to break the yolk.
- Toast up the buttered shape from the center of the bread.
Kids love feeling responsible for serving their family something delicious – it’s why kids love learning to cook. By giving them ownership of a simple dish, they’re learning the basics of cooking without realizing they’re actually learning anything. Cool, right?! Continue to encourage your kids to cook in the kitchen from an early age and you’ll see a transformation in their willingness to try new things, spend time with the family, and they will be learning kitchen basics and safety from an early age.
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Egg in a Hole Recipe for Kids
Egg in a Hole Recipe for Kids
- 1 slice of bread
- 1 tablespoon of butter softened
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper
Butter both sides of the bread with the softened butter.
Cut a hole in the center of the bread about 2 inches wide.
Add the bread to a pan heated to medium low.
Crack egg and add to center of the bread. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook about 2 minutes or until egg is set and bread underneath is golden brown before gently flipping and cooking another minute or two, depending on desired firmness of the egg.
If you don't like who eggs, feel free to break the yolk or scramble the egg before adding.
Traditionally, my dad used a shot glass but kids will find a small cookie cutter much more fun!
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