Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dippy Eggs

I recently discovered that my husband did not know what dippy eggs are - ?!! I was horrified. In his defense, he lived in NJ until he was 16, but he's been in Pittsburgh a long time, and he went to college here, and he didn't know about dippy eggs!!!

The dippy eggs conversation took place one evening when we weren't very hungry for dinner, didn't have much food in the house, and decided to have scrambled eggs - or so I thought. SP is the egg cooker in this house. I cannot cook eggs. At all. My eggs are always awful. Plus, I like eggs, but only when they are just out of the skillet and hot. They cannot cool at all. And somehow, whenever I try to make eggs and ensure that they are hot and well cooked and ready at the same time as my toast, which is also gross when it's cold, I manage to burn the eggs. Ick.Anyway, SP decided to make an omelet instead, using some of our CSA eggs and the last of the week's lunch sandwich stuff (ham & Swiss) with toasted English muffins. As I was shoveling in my eggs (they must, of course, be wolfed down before they become lukewarm and disgusting), I started babbling at him about dippy eggs.

Eggs were on my mind, and I was thinking about this post over at That's Church. Ginny wrote that she once asked her husband to make her dippy eggs and he had no idea what she meant. I assumed SP knew about dippy eggs. So my comments about dippy eggs and my laughing about the post - it was met with a look of confusion and one of those 'gosh my wife really is crazy' expressions.Finally, as I finished inhaling the omelet and moved on to the English muffin with butter and cherry preserves portion of dinner, I managed to stop saying 'dippy eggs - eggs that you dip your toast into' and explained that dippy eggs are over easy eggs. SP gets it now, but I think he still thinks I'm nuts.

Dippy eggs. It's a Pittsburgh thing, like dropping the 'to be' and saying it's 'slippy' out.

Anyway, just for fun, as I wrote this post, I googled 'dippy eggs.'

I'm starting to see why eggs have always confused me. I have never understood the differences between dippy eggs, over easy, sunny side up, fried egg, over medium, over hard - it's always been too confusing. That's why when I eat out and order eggs, I only ever order scrambled. Or omelets. But now, finally, I am starting to understand the differences. Thank goodness for Google & Wikipedia.

Wikipedia tells me that:

North Americans use many different terms to describe fried eggs, including:
  • A style known simply as 'fried' — eggs are fried on both sides with the yolks broken until set or hard.
  • 'Over well', also called 'over hard' or 'hard' — cooked on both sides until the yolk has solidified.
  • 'Over medium' — cooked on both sides; the yolk is of medium consistency and the egg white is thoroughly cooked.
  • 'Over easy', also called 'over light or runny' — cooked on both sides; the yolk is a thin liquid, while the egg white is fully cooked. "Over easy" fried eggs are also commonly referred to as dippy eggs or dip eggs by Marylanders and by Pennsylvania Dutch persons living in southern Pennsylvania, mainly due to the practice of dipping toast into the yolk while eating.
  • 'Sunny side up' — cooked only on one side; yolk is liquid; the egg white is often still a bit runny as well. This is often known simply as 'eggs up'. Gently splashing the hot cooking oil or fat on the sunny side uncooked white, i.e., basting, may be done to thoroughly cook the white. Covering the frying pan with a lid during cooking (optionally adding a cover and half-teaspoon of water just before finishing) allows for a less "runny" egg, and is an alternate method to flipping for cooking an egg over easy (this is occasionally called 'sunny side down').

I think I'll stick with scrambled. And omelets.


  1. You keep on keepin on with your dippy eggs. Having a professed fondness for the Pennsylvania Dutch, I still retain the right to using this fun and slightly ridiculous term for eggs prepared over easy.

  2. Well it MUST be very specific when naming dippy eggs because they are specifically mixed in with cut up toast, at least they were in my PA Dutch household growing up. "Over easy" eggs are not, they just lay there on a plate and have no accoutrements.....hence the distinction in name.

  3. Dippy eggs are not a "PITTSBURG" THING!! Living in Nj has nothing to do with it. We are not morons! We know what they are and we eat them a lot-considering we are basically the Diner capital-where they specialize in fantastic eggs -cooked a million different ways.
    Hopefully before you post another article you will get all of your facts straight...UUUGGGHHHH. Oh that's right -your from PA...and are

    1. Why thank you for your rude & condescending reply - but then again you are from NJ & that's about how I would expect you to phrase such a reply, not in a pleasant, we call them dippy, too, kind of way but in a rude, you are stupid way. BTW Pittsburgh has an H at the end, moron. Maybe you are the clueless one? And 'your' should be 'you're' the contraction of you are. Who's the clueless moron?

  4. dippy eggs are great smashed up and spread over toast...ohio valley native

  5. I once ordered "dippy eggs" from Kings Resturaunt and the waitress didn't bat an eyelash about it...coming right up!

  6. My husband laughs when I order dippy eggs he always tells the waitress she means over easy lol we are from Philadelphia I think the waitress understands me though lol I don't care which way they are made when I say dippy eggs I just want to be able to dip it can be any version of an unscramble egg as long as I can eat the yolk on my toast yummy!!

  7. Awesome, thank you so much, now I know what a dippy egg is :) also, f*** new jersey