Irish Soda Bread and Eggs

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Irish Soda Bread and Eggs Irish Soda Bread and Eggs

Difficulty: Easy

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4 slices Irish Soda Bread, cut 1inch thick
½ lb. bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled (drippings reserved)
½ yellow onion (Vidalia onion if available), chopped
1 tomato chopped
¼ cup Asiago cheese, grated
¼ cup Cheddar cheese, grated
4 large eggs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence





Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare baking sheet by covering with foil and spraying with a non-stick cooking spray. Using a biscuit or cookie cutter, take out center of each bread slice making a circle. Place bread on prepared pan. Brush melted butter generously over slices. In a medium sauté pan, saute the chopped onion in the reserved bacon drippings. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Once onion is translucent and a little brown around the edges, remove from the heat.  Add the crumbled bacon and tomatoes to the onions and stir until just mixed.  Set aside. Crack an egg and drop in the center of each piece of bread. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and Herbs de Provence. Place in oven and cook just until the egg whites are done. Remove from oven and top with the grated cheeses, dividing evenly among all four bread/egg slices. Put oven on broil and return slices to oven. Once cheese is bubbly remove from oven. 

To Serve: Divide onion mixture evenly and spoon over each slice. Serve Hot.  ‘Slainte’ (pronounced ‘slawn-cha’, meaning Health! The equivalent of Cheers!)

Show: Contributed by Brenda Anderson
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Reader Comments:


Please send me 4 Irish Casseroles not involving Potatoes or Rice or Pasta. Thanks Debbie Nice Herlein P.S.I'm Brittish~Irish~German

By Debbie on February 22, 2012



By Anonymous on October 08, 2011


OH NO YOU DI'INT! What did you do to that beautiful soda bread? The only thing anyone should be putting on Irish Soda Bread is genuine, creamery, butter. If you're going to try to take it a step in another direction, that would be a step towards Irish Soda Bread French Toast or casserole. But, Paula, girl, this is just too much for this little irish girl. Sorry...still luv ya! ((BUG HUGS))

By Eileen Mary Rose O'Day on March 19, 2011


saw your receipe for turkey pot pie on the rachael ray show unfortunately i didnt copy it down you used pourable cream cheese. could you email the receipe? thanks

By sophia lawrence on December 13, 2010

I was wandering if you or anyone out there has an irish soda bread recipe that does not require kneading or cuting in shorting.  A friend of mine was from Ireland and she made her soda bread without any kneading or cuting in shorting.  Our house burnt and I can not find the recipe anywhere. I would be greatful for any help.  Thank you, and I just love you and your family.

By Dale Ann Graham on September 10, 2010

I am of Irish descent. Mother was born a Brady. Her grandparents emigrated from Ireland in the 1800’s, heading for Oregon. They only got as far as Nebraska territory before the oxen died and they stayed and homesteaded. Here we still are!
Here’s our family Irish Soda Bread recipe: 4C flour, sifted with 1/4C sugar, 1 T. baking powder, 1 tsp.each salt and soda. Stir in 1 T. caraway seeds. Cut in, with 2 knives, 1/3 C shortening til mixture is crumbly. Stir in 1 cup either raisins, or currants. Now beat 1 egg with 1 3/4 C. buttermilk and add to flour. Stir until it forms a ball, and knead til smooth. Pat into a rounded shape, and cut an x in the top to let the steam escape. Bake at 350 for about an hour until lightly browned. Makes a heavy, dense loaf that is best the day it’s made. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we have!

By Sharon Russell on June 29, 2010

Hello Paula,

I have been making Irish Soda Bread all my life.

I would love to make you some.
I enjoy your show so much, and might even try your soda bread recipe.


By Bridget on April 06, 2010

Paula, I love you! Each time I have a difficult time deciding what to cook…look in 1 of your many ck/bks that I have and I’m set!!
Made a wish on my next yrs list for my 50th Birthday in March ‘11,asked my sister-in-law if she’d like to go on a trip w/me to Ga. and meet Paula Deen?! Her answer….“Hell YEA!!”  We both love your shows,too! Learn something new everytime!
Thanks Paula for what you do!

By Terie Kopf on March 22, 2010

This is very similar to a breakfast dish my husband will make…we call it Egg’s in a Basket.  We use regular bread, use a round cookie cutter for the center, butter the bread, and then drop your egg in the center and cook until the egg is done.  So yummy, but now Paula you have given us more to add to our yummy breakfast dish!!!
Thank you!

By Kerry Willmon on March 22, 2010

OK but we all are not lucky enough to have a grocer in the family….so Irish soda bread? Recipe or Equivalent, please!!!

By Julie Blake on March 22, 2010

I cannot wait to try this

By Vicki L. Gooding on March 22, 2010

My husband and myself are full blooded Irish, born and raised in Dublin. I must admit, at first I thought “This is not a dish we make in Ireland!” But WOW, this is sooooo GOOD! We love it! Sent the recipe to our family back in Ireland which has now not only in our house but several homes in Dublin become a once a week meal!!! Thank you so much for this gem!!!!

By Shannan on January 01, 2010

This is great - please keep more of the same coming from Brenda Anderson - she is your hidden treasure in Savannah!

By Sandy Griffin on November 16, 2009

I would like to have the irish soda bread recipe.  Thanks

By Joyce Ann Maydak on November 12, 2009

What an awesome & tasty dish! Definitely making this again soon.

By Patrick Diebolt on November 12, 2009

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