Vegetable Egg in a Hole

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Traditional Egg in the Hole is made by cutting a hole in the middle of some bread then cracking an egg inside the hole and then simply frying it all together. Do you remember the famous breakfast scene in Moonstruck between Olivia Dukakis and Cher? I once did a post on the famous “Moonstruck Eggs”.

Well this is the low carb veggie version. I love how acorn squash looks when you slice it into rings a perfect ready made hole for your egg! Don’t bother to peel it, just carefully slice the squash into rings, take out the seeds, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in an oven at 400F for about 20 minutes, you can do this all the day before.

egg in vegetableegg in vegetable When you’re ready to cook it drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of your pan, place the squash rings inside then gently crack your egg in the middle. Cook on low heat partially covered then snip fresh rosemary on top along with freshly grated parmesan cheese, it’s a perfect flavor combination with the squash and a beautiful presentation for a special breakfast, and it’s so easy to do! Don’t worry about the peel it slips right off.
Also you can be creative and add in some pretty spinach leaves to give it some color and added deliciousness, I think you will love this!

Another great vegetable that works well is peppers of all different colors, here I used red peppers which I sliced into rings then sauteed in olive oil until tender right in the pan it only takes a few minutes, then finish cooking the egg as I did above, this was garnished with a dry Tuscan style herb mix that I have.

Everything stays contained in it’s own neat little package, and again such great flavor combinations going on here, sweet red pepper, creamy egg, olive oil and herbs!

Here’s more of a free form method I do when I have leftover veggies, put them in a pan, make a hole in the center and crack an egg right in the middle,just be careful when you slide it on to your plate you might want to add some cheese to the veggies so they stay together or better yet use individual casserole dishes so everything is contained.
Acorn squash and red peppers are everywhere right now so pick some up and give this a try I think you’re going to love it!
Have a great weekend, and Buon Appetito!
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  2. Great ideas Marie. I love them and am always looking for new ways to ramp up eggs or add to a are very creative.

  3. I’m reading this too early in the morning – now I’m hungry, Marie! These look great. I love the idea.

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  5. I just found your blog and love it! I’m from the western suburbs and my husband is Italian and we love to cook healthy and Italian cuisine. I’ll definitely be back to check our more recipes!

  6. Wow! That’s such a great idea! I’ve never thought about smth like this! That is my tomorrows breakfast!

  7. This is a great idea! Eggs are my favorite protein and I’ve never thought of pairing them with squash like this. So elegant and whimsical!

  8. Oh my word Marie I have to try this, what a great idea! I love the green pepper and egg, I’ve never had anything like this before, it sounds so good!

  9. I love your low carb versions of “Moonstruck eggs”. So creative!

  10. You and I must be on the same wavelength because I just cooked up a mess of veggies to eat all week for dinner, but I was thinking to myself how good they would taste for breakfast with a fried egg on top.

  11. I love the acorn squash idea, I’ll definitely give that a try!

  12. I love all these combinations Marie! Our favorite “day after Thanksgiving” breakfast is to reheat some stuffing in a skillet in a pancake shape, and then crack and then egg on top of that to cook. It’s so good!

    PS: Thanks for your congratulations and best wishes! We are so delighted to “think pink”!

  13. I saw your fantastic photo over on TasteSpotting and had to come to see what you are all about. Boy, am I glad I did! Your photos and recipes and amazing. I love “Hole-in-One” “Toad-in-the-Hole” recipes. Your version inspires me to get creative. Thanks.

  14. Hello Marie, how are you dear?? all look yummy and I love this!! yummy, xx gloria

  15. How very clever, Marie! Now you have me wanting to crack eggs over everything! I’m roasting some beautiful beets right now, and guess what I want to do with them! 🙂

  16. I remember the egg scene! I love the presentation and just picked up tons of red peppers from the market. Sunday breakfast awaits – they will be so impressed! Thank-you!

  17. Marie

    Love the idea of the squash ring with the egg! totally delicious and visually so appealing! I once used potatoes, next time it is this.

  18. What a great idea!! I can’t wait to try it with the acorn squash.

  19. these babies, especially the acorn squash rings are my kind of meal! I like to find excuses to put winter squash into everything come October but haven’t done eggs yet!

  20. You are just the best Italian cook, Marie! I love these three egg creations, something my Mom would have done. Che bella!

  21. Love the acorn squash version!

  22. Wow- I’ve never seen anything like this but they all look amazing!! I especially like the looks of the butternut squash one!! Thanks!

  23. I love these Marie. Wouldn’t they be perfect for a Thanksgiving holiday breakfast too:D

  24. What a great idea! Egg-in-a-hole is my ultimate comfort food, and now it’ll be healthy too 🙂

  25. Stunning – I love it!!!!!


  26. Those are BEAUTIFUL! My daughter loves eggs over anything. I have to make those for her! Thanks for the ideas!

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