Looking for a way to change up your breakfast? Eggs are a traditional breakfast food that some enjoy fried, others like scrambled, while still others opt for hard boiled.

If you are tired of the common ways to cook eggs, and if you are looking for a change of pace, try a shirred egg. That's a fancy term for a baked egg. Traditionally, a baked egg is placed into a ramekin - another fancy term for a small, porcelain or glass bowl that is designed for high temperatures.

The egg is simply cracked into the dish, topped with a bit of milk, cream or cheese and a bit of seasoning and then baked. An advantage of preparing eggs in this manner is that the dishes can be easily customized for individual tastes. Carrots, mushrooms, spinach, sausage or potatoes can be positioned in the bottom of the dish before sliding the egg into the dish.

For those who like their yolks firmer, just bake a few minutes longer.

No ramekin? Don’t let that stop you. Eggs can be baked in muffin tins just as easily as in a small glass baking dish.

Baked eggs don’t really require a specific recipe. Simply heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a small dish or a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Break and place eggs into the prepared container. Drizzle a couple spoonfuls of milk over the top to prevent the eggs from drying out, season with salt and pepper. Then bake for 10 to 14 minutes.

It really doesn’t get much easier than this to prepare a quick breakfast.

Feeling creative? Place your eggs in a bun, on a sweet potato or even in a tomato. For an interesting twist, bake eggs on top of a layer of crunchy hash brown potatoes.

Looking to break out of that dull breakfast routine? Instead of a cold bowl of cereal or dull scrambled eggs, take your morning meal to a new level by using your oven to create a daybreak masterpiece. Happy Eating!

Eggs in a Hole Buns

Adapted from delish.com

  • 6 slider buns or small hamburger buns
  • 12 small sausage patties (cooked)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 12- by 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the tops of the buns and cut out a small well in both the top and bottom halves of the buns. Place each bun half in the prepared pan. Place the sausage patty in the bottom of each bun. Sprinkle some cheddar cheese onto each sausage patty.

Carefully crack an egg and place into each bun portion.

Season the eggs with salt, pepper, chives and parsley. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes. The white should be thoroughly cooked. Cook the yolks to desired degree of doneness.

Cheesy Egg Toast

Adapted from delish.com

  • 4 slices thick sliced bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 thin slices of ham
  • ½ to 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a small baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Place each slice of bread on the baking sheet. Make a well in the center of each slice, using the underside of a spoon. Place a slice of ham into the well. Crack the egg and place on top of the ham. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the eggs.

Sprinkle cheese all around the egg and place in the oven to bake. Bake 12 to 18 minutes, cooking longer if a firmer yolk is desired.

Remove from oven. Place on individual serving dishes and sprinkle on chives and parsley.

Hash Brown Baked Eggs

  • Approximately ¾ cup frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the hash browns, olive oil and cheese in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

Spray a ramekin (or small baking dish) with nonstick cooking spray. Place the hash brown mixture on the bottom and sides of the dish. Use your fingers to tightly pack the potatoes along the sides of the dish. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are lightly browned

Remove from oven. Crack the eggs and place into the hash browns. Top with crumbled bacon and parsley.

Turn oven down to 350 degrees. Place the dish in the oven and bake 13 to 16 minutes. Whites will be firm. Cook until yolks are to desired degree of doneness.

Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley over the top.