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Spinach Havarti Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole

Spinach Havarti Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grilledcheese #egg #breakfast #recipe

I get food inspirations at the oddest moments. I was driving around town the other day when the idea of a grilled cheese egg in a hole popped into my mind. I thought “really I must try that this weekend” and filed it away in the back of my mind.

It’s Saturday morning and as soon as I woke up, I had that grilled cheese egg in a hole on my mind … the hard part was deciding which of the several yummy cheeses in my cheese drawer to use. I settled on Havarti because it melts so good and makes an oh-so-ooooey gooey wonderful grilled cheese. To offset the cheese, I added some spinach and for a little extra flavor, some sun dried tomato ranch.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the hole. Wouldn’t it be a perfect breakfast in bed for your sweetheart? I mean, if you had a sweetheart. Personally, I celebrated my single-ness by making myself a scrumptious Valentine “I love me” breakfast.

I didn’t wait quite long enough to crack in the egg … my yolk was soft and tasted great, but not quite runny like I wanted. Still, it was a scrumptious breakfast and it gave me the perfect excuse to make this again. I’ll probably mix it up next time and use a different cheese, a different sauce, maybe even a different bread.

I decided to use my Swiss Diamond square saute pan to make my sandwiches so I would have plenty of space for flipping over both the egg in a hole and the sidekick grilled cheese. (I have the 11 x 11-inch induction square saute pan.) It worked like a dream … every crack and cranny in the pan was the same even temperature, I had plenty of space for flipping and nothing stuck to the pan at all. A simple swish with hot soapy water, rinse and wipe at the end and my pan was clean and ready for its next adventure.

Spinach Havarti Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: as many as you like!

Spinach Havarti Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole


    For each sandwich:
  • Two thin slices of bread (I used my white whole wheat bread)
  • Some light butter (trans-fat free)
  • A few slices of Havarti cheese
  • A bit of sun dried tomato ranch dressing (recipe here ... or stir some finely chopped sun dried tomatoes into your favorite ranch)
  • Fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 large egg


  1. Stack the bread slices on top of each other and use a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to cut a hole in the center of the bread. Save the bread from the hole to make a side-kick grilled cheese.
  2. Lightly butter the bottom half of the bread and one of the holes and set it butter side down in a medium/large frying pan. Spread the top of the bread in the pan lightly with sun dried tomato ranch dressing, then arrange bits of Havarti cheese around the bread to cover. I had to break my Havarti slices up to fit the bread. Do the same with one of the bread "holes".
  3. Arrange baby spinach leaves on top of the cheese, then top with the other slice of bread. Lightly butter the top of the bread. Do the same with the side-kick grilled cheese.
  4. Cover the pan and heat over medium heat briefly, then reduce heat to medium low. Check the bottom of the bread by lifting gently with a spatula; when it's starting to turn golden, crack the egg into the hole and sprinkle with Red Robin Seasoning (or salt) & freshly ground pepper. Cover and let cook, checking frequently, until the egg is set on the bottom, the cheese is melty and the bread is nicely browned on the bottom.
  5. Use a spatula to flip over the bread and the side-kick sandwich. Let cook for a few minutes more until the bread is browned on the other side.
  6. Remove the sandwiches from the pan with a spatula and slide onto a plate. Serve on baby spinach leaves if you like.


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Spinach Havarti Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #grilledcheese #egg #breakfast #recipe

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