When I look back at the long history of The Amish Cook column, many recipes stand out, some simple, some nostalgic, some delicious, and a few that combine them all. Egg-in-Nest is one of those all-in-one recipes. Egg-in-nest was one of the first recipes included in The Amish Cook column. The recipe is so, so simple, but you can dress it up if you want.
The simple version involves just a slice of bread, a heavily buttered skillet, and an egg. Take a glass and cut a circle out of the bread, stick the bread into the warm buttered pan, crack the egg into the hole in the bread, fry the egg for a couple of minutes on each side and, presto (or pesto, hmmm, yes, that would taste great on this dish)
You have a decadently buttered piece of bread with an egg in the middle. Now, you can dress it up by putting some herbs in the butter, some diced ham in the eggs, or some tomato, etc...so, start with the simple version and go from there.
My girls love making - and eating - egg in nest, it has become a breakfast favorite in the Williams household!
📋 Step-By-Step Egg In Nest
Well, if you are going to make it the "Amish way", start out with farm fresh eggs, if you can.
You'll want to make a hole in your bread (the egg nest!). You can do that by just using a knife. Or you can use a cookie cutter. Or the mouth of a jelly jar. Doesn't matter what you use, but you want a large whole, something that maybe removes half or more of the "bread" part of the bread (if that even makes sense!)
Then comes the fun part. Well, I think it's fun. Cracking the egg into the hole. For some reason, it is satisfying. You want to do it when the skillet is hot so the egg starts cooking right away and quickly. You'll see why below.
Well, yes, I don't mind how the egg in nest looks, but it is very brown. So I think the key to this is "quick"....put the butter in, get it hot, drop the bread it, crack the egg into the hole. Cook about a minute or two on each side and you're done. My 10-year-old likes the egg running on one side, so that means I cook it for about 1 minute on one side, flip it over and do it in half the time on the other.
This is a really easy recipe, really tasty for breakfast, dinner, or anytime. If someone is looking for a meatless meal, this is a good one. Just make a couple for each person and pair it with some fruit and it's really a nice meal.
The recipe as shown below is simple, bare-bones and is REALLY good just like that. But you can really build on it and make it as elaborate of an egg in nest as you want. You can add cheese (Cheddar cheese, colby jack, Swiss) to the top of your egg. You can cook some hash browns on the side. You could fry some slices of bacon in the same skillet as the egg in nest or crumble some sausage into the hole also. Add some red bell peppers for color and taste. Mushrooms, spinach, chives, and or onions would be a nice addition.
If you are watching cholesterol you could just put egg whites into the hole. And if you like more of a baked taste, you can prepare this on the stove-top as directed below and then stick bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. But if you just do the stove top method, your cook time is about 2 minutes, tops, on each side in a hot skillet. Prep time is as little or as much as you want to put into it. Very easy.
❓ FAQ Egg-In-Nest Questions
Yes, you can make this using just egg whites. You probably will need to use 2 - 3 eggs per piece of toast so you get enough to fill the hole.
Yes, white, wheat, rye, try whichever kind you like. Our favorite is homemade bread, that is what most Amish would use!
When you cut out the hole in the bread it looks like a little "nest" for the egg.
🍳 More Amish Egg Recipes
Egg Salad Recipe - Delicious classic!
Barn-Raising Breakfast Casserole - So good!
Egg Dutch - Wow!
Eggs La Golden - a delicious meal
🖨️ Full Recipe
- 1 egg
- 1 slice bread
- butter to taste
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Butter a skillet and bread.
- Turn heat on medium
- Cut a hole out of the center of the bread
- .Crack an egg into the hole.
- Fry on each side 2 - 3 minutes.
- The "hole" can be fried and buttered or eaten separately with jelly and butter