dippy eggs.

last night i was thinking about how much i want a fried egg. there’s only one way to eat a fried egg though: over easy, two pieces of buttered whole wheat toast. one piece used to eat the yolk, the other piece to eat the white. it’s great. this morning i read this ask metafilter about fried eggs over hard. i’d never heard that term before, but i’ve never really spent much time with fried eggs in general. (i always preferred them scrambled.) somebody linked the wikipedia page about fried eggs, which listed a number of ways to order and cook them, and lo and behold- i was reminded of what we called fried eggs at home: dippy eggs. where did we get this term dippy egg? (other than dipping the bread in the yolk.) the pennsylvania dutch, of course. thanks, mom.

[tags]fried eggs, breakfast, dippy eggs, american dialects[/tags]


  1. sam

    I was at least 21 or 22 before I ever even saw someone eating runny egg yolks. I prefer my fried eggs the way my mom always cooked them, all the way done with the edges starting to brown a little. But fried eggs also make me a little gassy, so I seldom eat them. It’s funny, sort of a growing old(er) sort of thing, that fried eggs never bothered me growing up, but now? eek!

  2. Neil

    Fried eggs are too much effort. Eggs with salad cream and plenty of salt and pepper is the way forward.

  3. m

    i call ’em dipsy eggs too….and although i prefer the softboiled for eating, the dippy kind is faster and almost as good if prepared properly

    so will you eat my home grown eggs?

  4. kendra

    sam- salad cream is similar to mayonnaise, and primarily only consumed by the british. i’m not a fan.

    i can’t trust neil’s taste since he eats heinz ketchup on his toast.

  5. Neil

    It tastes a bit different to mayonnaise I would say. A bit more flavour..

    The sauce on toast comes from my Grandad.

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