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Cheesy Eggs in a Nest Recipe

Cheesy Eggs in a Nest

Cook Time  Ready In: 10 minutes

This recipe is something that both my husband and I grew up on. It's so simple yet it made an impact because we still have fond memories of this dish. And the title is just precious. This dish is super-fun and easy enough to make on a weekday morning.

What you'll need

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 slices of thick cut crusty bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Helpful Tip:

Don't toss out the extra bread circles. Toast them up and serve them alongside this dish!


*Like your eggs runnier? Don't flip your toast. Carefully crack your egg into the cut out hole. Cover the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until egg has just set and whites are opaque. Top with cheese and recover pan for 30 seconds.

How to make it

  1. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, or an empty tomato paste can, cut a hole in each of the slices of bread to create a place for the egg to sit.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place two of the slices of bread in the skillet. Cook until the first side is browned (about 30 seconds), then flip. Place little bits of the remaining butter into the holes of each piece of bread.
  3. Crack one egg into each of the holes in the bread and cook until the whites are halfway set. Flip each bread with a thin spatula and top each evenly with shredded cheddar.* Cover the skillet and cook for 30-60 seconds more or until cheese is melted. Placed finished "nests" on a plate. Repeat with remaining bread and eggs.
  4. To keep each batch warm, place finished nests on a cookie sheet and place in a 200 degrees F oven.