Oven baked egg in a hole sandwiches takes the basic bacon, egg and cheese to the next level. Baking these on a sheet tray instead of a skillet makes it easy to double or triple the recipe and invite friends over for Sunday brunch. The runny yolk inside the crispy bread topped with salty bacon and cheese makes a heavenly breakfast sandwich.
Tips, Tricks and Substitution
What does sunny side up mean? Sunny side up means that the egg yolk is barely set and therefore will be runny once it is broken open. An over easy egg has been flipped; sunny side up is not flipped. However, both have a runny yolk.
Can you use tin foil on the sheet tray? I wouldn’t. There is a chance that the eggs may stick to the tin foil or anything else you use. Be sure to coat the sheet tray with plenty of oil spray to ensure the egg come off easily. This also helps the bread toast on the outside a bit.
What other types of cheese can I use? I would say anything that melts a little bit would be great here. Fontina, gouda, pepper jack, or parmigiano reggiano would all work. USe whatever is in your house.
- The sheet tray must be very well oiled. If there isn’t enough oil, the egg will stick and it will ruin the sandwich.
- The longer you wait to eat the sandwiches after they’ve finished cooking, the more the egg will cook. If you cook the eggs to a runny yolk but leave them on the hot sheet tray for 10 minutes, there is a chance that the eggs will overcook. Still delicious but without a runny yolk.
- Before you start, it is best to have all your ingredients ready to use. Ensure that you have the butter at room temperature, have four eggs ready and the cheese already shredded. The quicker you work, the better they come out. Work quickly but don’t rush.
What kind of bread do you use? You want to use a sturdy bread like farm style bread, rye, pumpernickel or sourdough. I’d stay away from ciabatta or focaccia or anything very porous because it will suck up a lot of oil and become greasy.
How do you know when the eggs are done? When you take the eggs out of the oven, the yolk should jiggle but the whites should be set. If you want you egg yolks firmer, put them in for a few more minutes.
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Oven Baked Sunny Side Up Egg in a Hole Sandwiches
- 4 pieces of farm style bread
- 2 tablespoon room temperature unsalted butter
- Oil spray
- 4 large eggs
- ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 pieces cooked bacon
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Spread ½ tablespoon of butter on each piece of bread.
- Using a two inch round biscuit cutter, cut out the center of each piece of bread.
- Spray an entire sheet tray until well greased. Place the pieces of bread onto the sheet tray butter side up. Ensure that the holes and the whole piece of bread are separate.
- Bake for 3 minutes in the oven.
- While the bread is baking in the oven, ensure you have 4 eggs ready to crack and the cheese already shredded.
- Remove the sheet tray from the oven. Working quickly, crack one egg in each hole of the toast. Sprinkle the cheese on the whole pieces of bread as well as the cut outs.
- Carefully place the sheet tray back into the oven and cook for 7-8 minutes.
- This will result in a runny yolk. If you want a solid yolk, cook 9-10 minutes.
- After 7 minutes, check the yolks. They should jiggle when moved but the whites should be set. If this isn’t the case, put it in for another minute.
- Once the egg yolks are done, remove the sheet tray from the oven and season lightly with salt and pepper to taste.
- This would also be a good time to drizzle hot sauce if desired
- Put 2 pieces of bacon between two pieces of egg in hole toast, making a sandwich. Cut in half and enjoy immediately.
- Ensure your sheet tray is oiled sufficiently. Otherwise eggs may stick and the yolk can tear.
- Do not leave egg in a hole on the hot sheet tray for too long as the eggs may overcook.