Bell Pepper Egg-in-a-hole

top with parmesan

I've been running out of breakfast ideas that are quick and healthy so I was delighted to find this little concoction in the latest Everyday Food magazine. It's a fun to make and it's a healthy alternative to the egg-in a hole that I love so much. I think a little drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar on top would be delightful...or maybe I'll top it with some black beans, cilantro and hot sauce! I'll get on that tomorrow morning. Hope you enjoy it too!

It all starts with this:

it all starts with this

Slice up your pepper & remove the seeds.

eggpepper (1)

Put a pepper slice into a nonstick pan with some olive oil.

put pepper in a lubed pan

Crack your egg inside. Sprinkle pepper and salt on top of the egg.

drop egg in

After 2 minutes, your white should look like this. It's time to flip!

cook til whites are white

Ready, set FLIP! Don't worry if some white spills out. Get over it!  Now cook for another minute or so.

flip over

Top with Parmesan cheese and little more salt & pepper. Serve with something bready!

egg run!

Look at that egg run! Dunk some bread in it. You know you want too....

Bell Pepper Egg-in-a-hole

(recipe EVERYDAY Food Magazine)

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper (any color) cut into four 1/2 inch thick rings
  • 4 large eggs
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices multi-grain bread (I use English Muffins)

In a large cast-iron skillet or nonstick pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Add bell pepper and cook for 1 minute. Crack 1 egg into the middle of each pepper ring. Season with salt & pepper and cook until the egg whites are mostly set but yolks are still runny, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently flip and cook 1 minute more for over easy. Sprinkle with Parmesan and place egg on a slice of toast- or serve with an English muffin like I did!

This recipe serves 4 people.

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  • May 13, 2010

    What a great way to bring color and sweetness into breakfast! I love it!

  • May 13, 2010

    that is soooo cool.

  • May 13, 2010

    Thats a cute idea.. love the recipe. Looks so yum!

  • May 13, 2010

    This looks interesting! I might have to give it a try. By the way I have linked to you a couple of times this past week, one of which will be tomorrow's post on my blog! Thanks for all the great cooking ideas!

    • May 13, 2010

      hey stacy! thanks, I'lll check it out tomorrow!

  • May 13, 2010

    I hate bell peppers, but this looks like something Jason would love.

    • May 13, 2010

      you gonna put an apron on and make him some?

      • regan
        May 14, 2010

        hahahahahahahahaha. no.

  • May 13, 2010

    What a great idea. I'm going to remember this one!

  • May 14, 2010

    I have "egg in a hole" on my "must try" list, but whenever I remember it, I don't have bread, or the bread I have will fall apart too easily. BUT I always, always, always have bell peppers around. Love them.

    So I must try this. Thank you!

  • May 14, 2010

    Yum! This is definitely a great alternative to egg-in-the-hole. Looks great!

  • May 14, 2010

    This is such a great idea! I usually only eat scrambled eggs but this inspires me to try them this way.

  • May 14, 2010

    Love it! I always fall back on scrambled eggs. Time to get a little more creative, I think.

  • Ha! I always get so mad at myself when the egg whites spill out when I made egg-in-a-hole. You're right, I really do need to get over it! I love this healthier version of my favorite morning/midnight snack.

  • May 14, 2010

    How clever. Why can't I ever think of things like this? : ) I love it.

    • May 14, 2010

      I know! Everyday Food really hit the mark! Such a neat idea :)

  • May 14, 2010

    What a clever idea to incorporate peppers into breakfast like that. So interesting. Will make this for breakfast asap....

  • May 15, 2010

    Love it! That's definitely something I'll try. When I see something like this I always wonder why I've never thought of doing it before. Pepper rings are such an obvious ring shape! Thanks for the idea.

  • May 16, 2010

    thats a nice it!! will definately try for breakfast... :)

  • Van
    May 19, 2010

    Thank you for sharing that GREAT idea!
    Instead of buying more and more gadget, we can use this method! YOUPI!
    An we can try replacing bell peppers by tomato, onion (if we don't mind having smelly breath in the morning) or even making a hole in a whole wheat slice of bread...

  • Marci
    May 24, 2010

    I made these yesterday morning for me and the hubby. I had no parmesean, but they are equally good with cheddar. Delish! Thanks for the idea, Tracy!

  • June 4, 2010

    You did a great job of making this look like a fast, fun, creative recipe I can't wait to try. Thank you for posting this!!

  • Amanda
    June 6, 2010

    I tried this recipe today for lunch and it was delicious! I overcooked my egg a bit so the yoke wasn't runny, so I just ate it like an egg sandwich.

    Thanks for the idea.

  • holly
    June 27, 2010

    so I hate to be a negative nellie, but if you're serving it with "something bready" why exactly is this healthier? also wonder makes a really good "smart white" that's only 50 cals a slice with 5 grams of fiber. have your "Egg in a hole" and eat it too haha.

    • June 28, 2010

      I suppose eating red bell pepper in the morning is better than not eating red bell pepper...and if you have something bready, it will soak up the egg yolk (which seems you aren't into). :)

  • Chad Merrell
    July 7, 2010

    I love this. It adds an amazing vegetable to the mix and the round that you normally cut out of the bread in egg-in-a-hole is never big enough to sop up all the yolk. Well done

  • July 20, 2010

    OMG this looks AMAZING!!! Love bell peppers and eggs... I will definitely try this!!

  • Jessica
    March 9, 2011

    Neat idea! Egg-in-a-basket is my go-to breakfast (or lunch, or even sometimes dinner), so it's nice to see it given a little variety, especially one that incorporates veggies. One of my favorite ways to up the satisfaction factor, and feel like I'm getting a well-rounded meal, is by having egg-in-a-basket salad, which is exactly like it sound. My eggie-toasty nestled on a bed of greens, and whatever other veggies sound good or need using. The yolk, plus a bit of s&p eliminate the need for dressing, and keeps me fueled for hours!

  • June 6, 2011

    cannot wait to try this!! thanks for the idea!

  • hyoing2
    June 14, 2011

    soooo beautiful~ i'll try someday... i can never forget this recipe. thanks for sharing:D

  • Christine
    June 14, 2011

    Hey Tracy,

    Love the idea just trying it now, my only problem is my pepper isn't big enough. Oh well!
    Loved the podcast this week and this idea.


  • Gee
    July 8, 2011

    Hii... this recipe is so beautiful and bring up something modern. I'll try... Thanks for it.

  • September 12, 2011

    I loved this recipe - looks so delicious and cute at the same time...have to give it a try for sure....thankssss

  • November 5, 2011

    Really cute idea! I made these for breakfast, they were cute, delicious, and oh so nutritious. :)

  • maya
    February 12, 2012

    Wow... have to try!!!

  • emma
    January 26, 2013

    Just finished a Joy and Tracy podcast bender and then stumbled upon this recipe on Pintrest. Looks amazing! Thanks for the great idea. I love my carbs but I am diabetic, so am always looking for ways to cut down. Well, almost always...

  • Sherry
    October 3, 2013

    I love it too! The only thing is...the time frame doesn't give the bell pepper enough time to cook...unless you like it really crunchy. I like them crunchy, but I think this would be better if the bell pepper was softer. The only thing I can think of is precooking the bell peppers beforehand.

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