Smoked Turkey and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Egg in the Basket

1 tablespoon butter
2 slices sandwich bread (I used potato bread)
1 egg
1-2 slices sharp cheddar cheese*
2 oz Oscar Mayer Selects Natural Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
freshly ground black pepper

Heat butter in a medium skillet. Meanwhile, cut a hole in the slice of bread with a biscuit cutter. Place the bread in the pan. Crack the egg into the hole, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook until the white is nearly cooked through and the bread is golden. Top with cheese then turkey. Top with remaining slice of bread. Carefully flip and brown on the second side. Remove from pan and serve immediately.

*I ended up using about 1 1/2 slices of cheese to fully cover the bread in a single layer.

My thoughts:

Egg in the Basket or “toad in the hole”, “gashouse eggs”, “a hole in one”, “spit in the ocean”, and “popeye eggs” according to Wikipedia (although toad in a hole is also the same of a British dish involving sausages) is a classic breakfast treat. While tasty, I always wondered if you could take it one step further and make it into grilled cheese! As it turns out, you totally can. When I was approached by Oscar Mayer to develop a recipe using their new minimally processed, artificial ingredients Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast I thought I could take my idea even further and create the ultimate breakfast sandwich. It is slightly tricky, you don’t want the egg to leak out of the bread but as long as it is well on its way to being set, it isn’t difficult. I like bacon on my breakfast sandwiches but it is a bit fatty and time-consuming for the every day and way too heavy for a sandwich like this. The turkey added a nice smoky flavor to the sandwich that gave me the same sort of savoriness I like but in a leaner way. It was perfect choice when looking for a high quality, natural cold cut; really did taste like the smoked turkey I’ve made myself using fresh turkey but was much more convenient.

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One Comment

  1. We are getting hammered with snow right now and this would be a great "snowed in" treat.