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Monday, May 9, 2016

Baked Eggs in a Basket

Baked Eggs in a Basket aka Eggs in a Hole, are the perfect breakfast or brunch solution for a crowd. An egg is nestled in the middle of a piece of toast and baked to perfection right in the oven! 

Baked Eggs in a Basket by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a plate with fruit and a fork with a bite on the tip

It's time for another installment of the Secret Recipe Club.  This month I was assigned to the wonderful blog The Tasty Cheapskate written by Jean. As I began my search for a recipe to make from her blog, I realized almost every single recipe sounded good to me and before I knew it I had bookmarked over 10 selections! Wow!  What a wonderful collection of great dishes to make!

A few of the titles I bookmarked were Renee's Cornbread...(obviously this WILL need to be made in my kitchen at some point), and Lemon Garlic Hummus...because I can never pass up a good recipe for hummus!  Jean says that being "cheap" is in her bones, but I see her as frugal...and couldn't we all benefit from being a little frugal?  I know I can! Jean shares good food, that's good for you and won't empty your wallet.

Baked Eggs in a Basket  

For this month's reveal, I wanted to do a breakfast recipe, so I decided to go with Baked Eggs in a Basket.  I've always known these as eggs in a hole and have made them stove top in a frying pan. So the idea of baking them in the oven was new to me.

According to MyRecipes.com, there are at least 66 different names for Eggs in a Basket! Eggs in a hole, eggs in the middle, and eggs in a boat just to name a few. That's crazy that a simple 3 to 4 ingredient recipe is known so many different ways.

Eggs in a basket have also been weaved into our pop culture through features in Hollywood movies  dating back to 1941 in the film Moon over Miami where they were called "gashouse eggs" (which may come from the German word gasthaus, which means "guesthouse.") And, they've appeared most recently in the movie V is for Vendetta where they are referred to as  Eggs in the Basket.

Baked Eggs in a Basket by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a plate ready to eat with fruit

Most preparations of this egg in a basket recipe call for cooking in a frying pan. But this recipe uses the oven to bake the egg in the hole.

By baking them in the oven on a large sheet pan, you can make enough for 6 people (or three hungry ones) all at one time. Jean got creative with her "baskets" and used shaped cookie cutters to make the "hole" in the bread, but I went with the standard circle.

But, don't be afraid to experiment! Try using a heart shaped cookie cutter for Valentine's Day or a star shaped cutter for Christmas!

Baked Eggs in a Basket by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a baking sheet right out of the oven

How to make Eggs in a basket in the oven

Gather the ingredients:

  • butter, softened
  • 6 slices of bread of your choice
  • 6 large eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • chives, optional


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner (like Silpat) or a piece of parchment. This will help keep the eggs from sticking to the pan.

Choose any type of bread you like. I used a sprouted wheat, but you can use any type of bread with this recipe as long as the slices aren't too thick.

Make sure your butter is soft enough to easily spread on the bread.

Know how you like your eggs done and adjust the cook time according to your liking. Since we like our yolks a little runny, so I baked them for about 7 minutes (for my liking, I could have baked them a minute less even). If you like your yolk a little more firm, bake a little longer.

A garnish of chives looks so pretty and tastes so good with the eggs. It's optional, but I suggest you give it a try!

Baked Eggs in a Basket  by Renee's Kitchen Adventures on a plate with a fork overhead view ready to take a bite

Whatever name you know them by, there's no arguing that Eggs in a Basket is a fun and wholesome way to enjoy eggs and toast! Kids and adults love them. By baking them in the oven, you can make enough for the whole gang! And that is a win-win in my book!




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Breakfast, Brunch
American
Yield: 6 servings
Author:

Baked Eggs in a Basket

Baked Eggs in a Basket

prep time: 5 Mcook time: 7 Mtotal time: 12 M
Baked Eggs in a Basket aka Eggs in a Hole, are the perfect breakfast or brunch solution for a crowd. An egg is nestled in the middle of a piece of toast and baked to perfection right in the oven!

ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP butter (I used whipped, salted butter)
  • 6 slices of bread (I used Sprouted wheat bread)
  • 6 large eggs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • freshly snipped chives, if desired

instructions:

How to cook Baked Eggs in a Basket

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment or silpat. (these will help keep the eggs from sticking to the surface of the pan).
  2. Lightly butter both sides of the 6 slices of bread. Arrange buttered bread on baking sheet.
  3. With a 2"-2 1/2" round cookie cutter, cut out a circle in each slice of bread. Arrange bread circles around the slices of bread on the baking sheet.
  4. Crack one egg into the center of each slice of bread where you made the cut out. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 6 - 9 minutes, depending on the degree of doneness you like your egg

NOTES:

Adapted from The Tasty Cheapskate
Calories
188.31
Fat (grams)
9.63
Sat. Fat (grams)
4.21
Carbs (grams)
15.76
Fiber (grams)
0.86
Net carbs
14.90
Sugar (grams)
1.96
Protein (grams)
9.09
Sodium (milligrams)
302.86
Cholesterol (grams)
196.18
Nutritional Information is an estimate.

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7 comments:

  1. I LOVE the idea of baking these so you can do a larger batch - so smart!! We have these about once a year, or every other year, for a fun treat. One of my son's favorites. :)

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  2. I have never thought to bake them either. Genius idea!! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. And thank you for that post and those beautiful pictures.

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  4. I've seen these around the internet a few times but haven't made any yet! They look like the type of recipe that's easy to make but also looks impressive.

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  5. I have never baked mine. Genius!! Thanks for sharing, Renee.

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  6. Oh my, as an insane egg lover, even a 'runny egg' lover, I want this in my tummy NOW, Renee! I could eat this any time -- any day! Great preparation of your selection in the Secret Recipe Club!
    Roz

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  7. I never thought about baking it before!

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