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Baked Bull's-Eye Eggs


Baking (rather than frying) an egg-in-a-hole means you can make many at once -- perfect for serving a group. An array of toppings lets everyone customize their own.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, November 2012


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for sheet
  • 6 slices sandwich bread
  • 6 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Toppings, such as grated cheddar, chopped parsley, sliced avocado, hot sauce, and chopped tomatoes (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a nonstick rimmed baking sheet. Butter bread on both sides. With a cookie cutter or drinking glass, cut a 2 1/2-inch round from center of each bread slice. Place slices and rounds on sheet and bake until golden, 6 minutes. Remove from oven and flip bread.

  2. Carefully crack 1 egg into center of each slice. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until egg whites are set but yolks are still runny, 8 to 9 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through (sprinkle with cheese, if using, during last 30 seconds of baking). Serve with desired toppings.

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  • Elizabeth12
    8 MAY, 2014
    Yes, this not a new recipe unless you are very young and just now beginning to cook! It's OK, but after eating it, every blue moon, for so many years, no thank you!
  • snowbird56
    6 MAY, 2014
    Great idea! Must try when my kids are home!
  • mjrupkp
    6 MAY, 2014
    Been making "egg in a whole" for over 30 years! Great for a quick and delicious breakfast! Kids would fight over the "holes"!
  • Dotballant
    5 MAY, 2014
    Haven't made it yet, but I'll intend to make it when I visit my daughter, she'll be recovering from surgery. I think it sounds great and it can be modified and added to....great idea. I do not think you intentionally tried to take credit.....for me it's from you and your daughter....THANK YOU!!
  • Deeli
    5 MAY, 2014
    So you and your daughter created this recipe?? This recipe idea, including baking it and adding cheese and/or assorted other ingredients has been around forever; including when I was a little girl five decades ago!! Nice try giving yourself credit for it ;-)