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The Ultimate Cheesy, Eggy Breakfast Requires Only Two Ingredients

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You might've thought there wasn't another way to cook eggs—or a strategy lazier than ordering an egg and cheese. You might've also thought you couldn't possibly be hungry after your Thanksgiving feast.

But here we are, with empty bellies and fridges and no desire to eat another leftover.

Attempt #1 of cheese-crusted eggs. Looks pretty good, huh? They're that easy.
Attempt #1 of cheese-crusted eggs. Looks pretty good, huh? They're that easy.

Do you have eggs? Do you have any sort of cheese that can melt? Then we'd strongly suggest you say sayonara to the typical fried eggs and make something just as simple to make but a whole lot snazzier: Cheese-Crusted Eggs, also known as Frico Eggs.

Melt cheese, fry eggs in cheese. Duh.
Melt cheese, fry eggs in cheese. Duh. Photo by Rocky Luten

MelissaHM introduced us to this method for essentially swapping oil for cheese (!) over on the Hotline. She learned the "recipe" from her brother: Melt shreds in a pan, then fry the eggs in the cheese's oil. The cheese serves as a boat for the eggs, so the whole combo glides easily off the pan—no prying pot-stuck eggs while trying to preserve yolks. We've tried this with Parmesan and cheddar and found both to work and taste just great.

Need we repeat: This is crispy-melty cheese stuck to fried eggs—there's no doubt it's going to be good.

Cheese-Crusted Eggs

Cheese-Crusted Eggs

MelissaHM MelissaHM
Serves 1
  • 1/3 cup (or more) hard or semi-hard cheese, like cheddar or Parmesan, chopped or grated
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
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Tags: Egg, Breakfast, Brunch, Fry, 5 Ingredients or Fewer