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Guy Cooking 101: The Egg Eye

Updated on September 17, 2016
The finished product
The finished product | Source

I grew up with a Dad that loved to cook! Some of my best memories of him are sitting in the kitchen and talking while he would fix our food! I can still picture him standing at our stove in the house that I grew up in Greenville, Ohio. I'm not sure where my Dad got his love of cooking, and I do stress cooking here, he was not a Chef, but more like a short order cook you would find in a diner. He made comfort food and sometimes threw together some pretty crazy combinations. He also cooked some things that many people won't touch nowadays! He cooked livers, gizzards, beef tongue, and many other fine selections. He grew up in a family with a lot of kids and they didn't have much money so I guess they made use out of everything they could. I'm sure he learned a lot from my Grandma who made straight up southern comfort food! I got my love for food and cooking from my Dad. I learned by watching, listening, and helping him when he cooked.

One of the things he would make me when I was a kid was something he called an "Egg eye". I don't know where he got the idea. I'm not sure if it was something Grandma made for him when he was a boy or if he came up with it himself. All I know is whenever he would ask me if I wanted an "Egg eye" for breakfast, I gave a definitive yes!


What you need

1 Egg

1 Slice of Bread



Griddle or Pan


secret of the egg eye
secret of the egg eye | Source

Preparing an Egg Eye

1 - Heat pan or griddle to medium heat. I prefer to use a non stick griddle

2 - Put a couple drops of oil and a pat of butter on the griddle

3 - Now here's the trick! Tear a half dollar size hole in the center of your slice of bread and butter both sides

Crack the egg into the bread
Crack the egg into the bread | Source

4 - When the butter on the grill is melted, place the bread on the griddle and lightly brown both sides

5 - Crack the egg into the hole in the bread. Salt and Pepper to taste

6 - Cook for about two minutes, until you can see the egg white starting to whiten

Looking Good
Looking Good | Source

7 - Lift up the corner of the bread and ensure the bread is golden brown. If so, flip and cook for about one minute.

8 - Remove and plate. Enjoy!!

Egg Eye with Cheese
Egg Eye with Cheese | Source

There you go! An easy recipe for a simple breakfast combination that everyone enjoys! Kids especially seem to love having their eggs prepared this way. My oldest daughter likes to add a slice of cheese! If you go for the cheese, just put a slice on top of the bread during the last minute of cooking and cover with a pan lid to ensure you get a good melt. I hope you enjoy this little recipe I learned from my Dad. Maybe it will spark an interest in cooking in your home.


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      Budman610 6 years ago from Ohio

      Funny that more than a recipe this brought back memories for a lot of people! Good food=good memories! Thanks for reading!

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Hub and good recipe. I think this was a childhood favorite for a lot of us. And I fixed it for my three boys when they were little and they loved it. But I hadn't thought about it in years. Good memories.

      I think our families grown up version came to involve fries/hash browns/leftover supper potatoes. We didn't have a special name for it - the question was simply, "you guys want potatoes and eggs this morning?" And the answer was always yes. :)

      After browning a little mound of potatoes, we would create a hole in the middle and pour in an egg (beaten with salt and pepper as if for scrambled eggs) and continue cooking until the egg set. These were always popular at my house and still are. :) SHARING

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      Budman610 6 years ago from Ohio

      No problem! Evidently, a lot of people grew up with a version of the egg eye under a lot of different names!

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      TalkinTom 6 years ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin

      We call them one-eyed sandwiches. I grew up with them, too. Thanks for the memory!

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      LINDA 6 years ago

      I made egg eyes for Christina and now the boys. Christina makes them for her boys too. Love those egg eyes!

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      Budman610 6 years ago from Ohio

      I just made one for Jessica earlier!

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      Kathy 6 years ago

      I can definitely recommend the egg eye. I make them to this day.