First, of course, there was the egg in a bagel hole:
Then, a few months later, the bagel grilled cheese (inside out, natch):
And then we had cheese-crusted eggs:
The only logical next step in the progression? To combine all the ideas into one:
Becca H has done just that, trading the bagel for two slices of bread (though you could go bagel, if you were so inclined) and losing the classic sandwich construction: The outsides of each slice of bread get cheese-crusted, rather than sandwiching a slice of cheese in the middle, like here. A good shake of paprika gives it a pimento cheese-esque tone. And can't you just imagine serving these at brunch? (Invite us, please.)
How else have you turned the egg-in-a-hole on its head? Tell us in the comments.