An Idaho Sunrise: Egg-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

A few weeks ago a friend and I got talking about egg recipes (since she has chickens, and therefore fresh eggs in abundance!)  She mentioned she had made egg stuffed potatoes and they sounded so super yummy.  I love baked potatoes.  There has been a phase during all three of my pregnancies where the only thing I want to eat is a big baked potato with sour cream, chives, and lots of black pepper.  And I always scarf them down wishing they were also protein packed so I could feel somewhat justified in eating them so often.  This is my answer!  These are hollowed out baked potatoes filled with cheese and toppings with an egg cracked right in there.  It kind of all cooks together like a yummy omelet.  Think of it like hash browns and eggs all in one portioned edible container.  This is a fabulous meal for one, or for a whole crew.  You’ll need fully baked potatoes for this recipe.  This is a great use for leftovers!  You can bake them ahead of time, or right before you need them.  Slice a layer right off the top like this:

and then take a spoon and gently scoop out the insides.  You’ll want to leave a layer of potato in there so don’t go too crazy.  Save those insides for another meal!  You can make mashed potatoes (have you all tried the Mashed Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Potatoes in our book?  One of my favorites) or toss them in Baked Potato Soup.

You certainly don’t have to do this next step, but I think it adds extra yuminess and flavor.  Take a little melted butter and brush the inside of the potato all over.  You could also just toss a little pat of butter in there, but I like to coat the whole thing.  Sprinkle in a little salt and pepper as well.

 Now add some cheese.  You can be creative; cheddar is always a great pick, or go with something like Fontina, Gruyere, or Muenster.

Choose any fillings you like; think of an omelet or a quiche and what you would like in something like that.   Cheddar and diced ham, or maybe sauteed mushrooms with Gruyere.  Or you could go southwest with sauteed bell peppers and onions with pepperjack cheese.  I’m going for a classic bacon and cheddar- can’t go wrong there.

Fill it up about 3/4 full, and then crack an egg right on top.

Sprinkle on a little more salt and pepper

and a few more toppings if you want.  I’m doing more cheese and bacon and some green onions.

and pop the potatoes in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes.

Now, even if you generally don’t like your eggs cooked over easy, you’ll want to keep them pretty soft in this recipe.  The eggs will blend in with the cheese and butter and create all kinds of flavor, but what you don’t want is a yummy baked potato with a hard boiled egg inside!  It’s helpful to not load the very top of your potatoes with so many toppings that you can’t see the egg.  The only way to really know how it’s cooked is to keep an eye on it and touch it for softness after about 20 minutes.

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I actually left mine in the oven about 2 minutes too long.  I blame my 1 year old who decided to unroll an entire roll of toilet paper in the toilet and try to flush it right as my timer was going off.  Grgh…  but at least they are still soft in this picture; I wouldn’t cook them any longer than this, and preferably a little less.  They’ll taste best when the yolks are at least soft, and best when they’re just a little runny (and that’s coming from a girl who doesn’t eat runny eggs!)

I think the best thing about this recipe is that it’s totally appropriate for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.  If you want to round it out a bit, serve it with a side of fresh fruit for breakfast or brunch and a simple green salad with lunch or dinner.

When I was looking at recipes like this around the web, most of them are traced back to The Village Cook, who mentioned she got the recipe from her mother and that it was based on a recipe from “The Supper Book” by Marion Cunningham.  She referred to it as an “Idaho Sunrise”, and as an Idaho girl myself, I can’t help but love that!

 

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145 comments

  1. Marion Cunningham- isn’t she Richie’s mom? I thought she was fictional 🙂
    Good for you to get involved with Bully Bust. I think this recipe is clever and can’t wait to try it out!

  2. This looks delicious! I make something similar, except I use half of a green pepper instead of the potato. It makes a nice high protein post-workout snack.

  3. Any idea if this can be done with microwaved ‘baked’ potatoes? And whether you can cook the egg in it in the microwave too (I’d assume piercing the yolk would be necessary though)?

  4. This is going on the menu right now!
    Looks like a new family staple!!
    Happy belated valentines … Love you guys 🙂

  5. There is nothing I love more than runny eggs. But to have it all baked together with eggs, cheese and bacon wrapped in potatoes?!!! This recipe is genius! I kind of hate baking potatoes because it takes soooo long, but I will definitely bake some up to try this!

  6. Oh, my. This looks absolutely fantastic. After looking at chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate the past few days…and enjoying every second of making and eating all of those wonderful desserts…this looks absolutely perfect. I cannot wait to try it this weekend.

  7. My father is going to LOVE this. Potato + Egg to him = Happy Man. Now, Potato, Egg + Steak = Happiest Man for days! Thanks for the Idea.

  8. Oh yum! Just this morning I was thinking that I need some baked egg recipes so I don’t have to scrub my stainless steel skillet every time I make scrambled eggs. Amazing timing!!!

  9. Great idea! I cant wait to try it. Baked potatoes are on the menu for tonight, I will just add a few more to the oven and get all ready for a yummy breakfast tomorrow!

  10. ok this comment isnt about idaho sunrise, but februarys recipe on your calendar. holy delicious! i cut the recipe in half and made it in small 4-inch springform pans. it was a perfect valentines day treat!

      1. Every time my daughter walks into the den and sees that photo, she mopes. I haven’t made it for her yet. Guess I’d better get on it!

  11. We have stuffed baked potato night almost weekly here. This will be a great new twist on our same old, same old:)
    I went on over to the Baked Potato soup recipe and would love to try that with the leftover potato insides. My husband has a wheat allergy, can I use brown rice flour or cornstarch or ??? Would appreciate your thoughts on that.
    Have a great day.

    1. Instead of using any flour or other things to thicken up potato soups I use instant potato flakes. That way it is still potatoes so no change in the flavor.I also use them when I get a little carried away with the pickle juice in potato salad, it thickens them right up and nobody is the wiser.

  12. This sounds seriously delicious! I’m wondering if this would be good with a sweet potato? I just may have to try it out since I have a lot of them around from a friends garden.

  13. WOW!! I seriously cannot wait to try these! I’m always looking for good protein-filled breakfast ideas, and oddly enough, my husband told me last night that I don’t make twice-baked potatoes nearly often enough. This might be the best of both worlds for me! I’ll just be sure potatoes and bacon are on my shopping list this week…

  14. Do you have a general method for oven baking your potatoes? I am lazy and always microwave them but the insides are definitely better when actually baked! Thanks in advance

    1. I prick them once with a fork and place then directly on the oven rack (no foil). For extra crispy skin, I rub them with a light coat of vegetable oil before cooking. Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes. I just check them with a knife and take them out when I can tell they’re super soft inside. Better to overbake a little, than underbake!

      1. That sounds good Shannon! Marnie, I was also thinking it would be really good with a creamy white cheese like muenster or fontina with caramelized onions. Maybe even spinach and mushrooms too? Now I’ve got to start experimenting with sweet potatoes!

  15. You know, I can always tell which recipes are yours and which are Kate’s. You and I seem to have a similar taste palette. This sounds like a nice change up to my eggs and toast each morning.

    1. You could probably make them without the egg and then freeze. You could then thaw in the fridge and crack an egg in right before baking. I wouldn’t freeze them with the eggs though.

  16. I too lived on potatoes… In tater-tot form… when I was pregnant — and laugh when my kids gobble up any potato put in front of them. Anyway, I can’t wait to try this recipie — is this something you can prep ahead for a party or a big group?

    1. Sure, you could definitely prep and keep in the fridge for a day (or overnight) for a group. I’d crack the eggs in right before baking though.

  17. Wow this looks great, what a brilliant idea! I can’t wait to try it. I know my family will love it!

  18. I will always try a new way to eat potatoes. Especially if they are grown in your own garden. I expect to soon blog about a lazy method of growing potatoes on top of the soil or a patio.

  19. I made these last night. They were a hit with the entire family. Ours were fairly set all the way through in order to get the whites set. Any tricks to keep the yolks soft, even runny, without the whites being runny, too?

  20. Love your site! Would love to follow you on Pinterest! :O) Have you considered joining with this site?

  21. We loved this for breakfast this morning! You are a genius! I didn’t realize how frugal this meal would be. For 5 potatoes, I used 2 slices of bacon, 2 or 3 oz of cheese, and just 1 mushroom! Everybody got to have theirs topped with only the nibbles that pleased them. I topped mine with a tiny bit of sour cream, and it was phenomenal. This is being added permanently to my vacation menus.

  22. Hmmm – I love potatoes and I love eggs and I was raised on a farm in Idaho, but these don’t look a bit appealing. Something about the raw egg on top of a baked potato just turns my stomach even though I know it will be cooked before it’s eaten.

  23. Oh, I’m so glad I decided to check my spam mailbox tonight. For some weird reason this post went there and I would have missed it! This looks delicious and would be easy enough to prepare mostly the night before and just add the egg and cook in the morning. As another Idaho girl, I’m pinning this right now so we can have it for breakfast or dinner next week.

  24. Just saw this recipe which was shared by The Root Cellar’s Garden on FB and decided to try it out for lunch. It was totally yummy although my 3 year old opted to just eat the salad instead 🙂 This isn’t a recipe I would have come up with on my own but it’s really tasty and I can see myself making it often for lunch!

  25. Like Amanda V, I was wondering about scrambling the eggs ahead of time. What are your thoughts on that? 🙂

    1. Personally that doesn’t sound good to me, but you could try it if you want. I think whole, unscrambled eggs work much better here both taste and texture-wise.

  26. The thought of eating a runny egg gives me the willies. As in, I’m slightly afraid of it! But these look SO good!

    Have you had them with the egg cooked all the way through? I’m wondering if it affects the flavor, or just the texture?

    1. The eggs in my photo are cooked all the way through and they tasted great; just make sure they’re soft. They don’t have to be *runny* but you want to still keep them soft.

  27. I am trying these tonight…they look fantastic! Question though…do you eat the skins? I don’t usually eat the skins, but it seems that with all of the scooping of the potatoes, you’re not left with much other than the toppings and eggs. No?

  28. My family (even the tiny kids)all loved the Idaho Sunrise–thanks for the recipe. I do need some help with it though…it took about 35-40 min. to cook to even get the whites of the eggs done and then by that time, the yolk was mostly done. Any advice? It definitely needs the yolk runny. Not sure what I did wrong…should I wrap the potatoes up, or cook at a higher temp?
    thanks so much!

    1. That’s weird Emily- did you have ginormous eggs or something? lol The whites should definitely cook faster than the yolk so I’m not sure what to tell ya!

    2. Emily – I had the same problem. I think it’ll be better to cook it at a lower temperature for longer – because my egg whites were under cooked but by the time they were fully set the yolk was no longer runny. I’m not sure what the higher temperature will do, but if you try it again, let me know what worked. My other idea is to not put any toppings on top of the egg, that way it can cook more evenly…

  29. I love this idea — any chance I could scramble the eggs before baking? We’re exclusively scrambled egg people; I’m sure that’s why the Lord brought us together. 🙂

  30. MMM – can’t wait to try this one out for dinner tonight! Now, what to put with it? Salad maybe? Suggestions anyone?

  31. Loved these, but I was thinking they’d be even better with the eggs, bacon, veggies and cheese all mixed up THEN poured in the shelled-out potatoes. Kinda life a quiche.

  32. I made these and they turned out great — EXCEPT… Either I didn’t scoop out enough of the potato, or my potatoes were too small. The egg overflowed! I just wiped off the outside and popped them in the oven and they were still great and super cute. 🙂

  33. I LOVE baked potatoes! And I especially like cheese on baked potatoes. Thanx so much for this recipe.

  34. I made these last week. We have 6 chickens so we had quite the fridge full of eggs I needed to use. WOW these are absolutely AMAZING. Please folks do not scramble them, that gorgeous soft egg, pooling onto your cheese and bacon….. WOW!!!

  35. I made these tonight and my family liked them. I cooked them at least 30 minutes trying to get the whites to firm up. Then I realized that with the butter and oil from the toppings, things were going to stay loose even after the whites were cooked. Maybe that’s the same problem others were having. Anyway, my yolks were still fairly soft, but now that I realize the whites were actually cooked earlier than I realized I would cook for less time to keep my yolks a little more runny. And I think I might top it with a chopped avocado after it comes out of the oven. 🙂

    1. Ok, after attempting to bake something else tonight I realized that my oven is on the frits and that’s why the cooking time was off for me. Dang, I really hope I can figure out what’s wrong.

  36. Yes!! This breakfast has everything and it’s so clean and compact! I can definitely do without the 3-4 dirty pans and 12″ plate sprawl. Oh yeah, and it looks unbelievably good..haha. Thank you!

    1. @KELSEY, I BAKED UP A BUNCH OF THEM TODAY AND PLAN ON FREEZING THE LEFT OVERS. HOPE IT WORKS……

  37. What time should I be there for brunch? I’ll bring the Mimosas and my very own fork/knife/spoon/plate….

    What a tasty treat!

    CHEERS, CC

  38. Hello!!

    I found your site by chance because I get a newletter/blog from “Recipe For A Simple Life.” They did a “Menu Plan Monday” and the Egg Stuffed Baked Potatoes was on the menu. I’m glad I clicked my link because it brought me to this interesting recipe and then I discovered many more!! Myself and my older son are picky eaters but I found several recipes on this site that I can’t wait to try. Oh, did I also mention that I don’t like to cook…at all? I tell everyone I cook to survive…well, your website may have me looking for a new “motto.”

    Thank you again!!
    A Former Hater of Cooking!!

  39. Has anyone tried these over a fire/grill? I’m going camping this weekend, and these would be great! However, not sure about the logistics with the egg and open flame….Maybe wrapped in foil? Thoughts?

    1. I WOULD FOIL THEM OPENING ON THE BOTTOM TO KEEP THE EGG IN THE POTATO….BUT A GREAT IDEA FOR SUMMER. THANKS

  40. Just so ya know, I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest. Have it in the oven right now only I put a Red Flannel Hash type mixture in it; potato chunks, cubed beets, some home-smoked pork shoulder, red onion. I’m hungry right now and typing it out makes me even hungrier. Later in the fall after the pigs are slaughtered and we have our own bacon and ham, won’t this be good on a cold night. Bon appetite!

  41. Clarisa: You can microwave the potatoes for about 3 minutes each and that will shorten the time to bake them in the oven to get the results you want.

  42. Made these tonight and at 15 minutes the whites were not cooking. Microwaved them for 30 seconds and perfect. Delicious. Definitely will have these at my next brunch.

    1. @LISA, I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM SO I JUST STUCK THEM BACK IN THE OVEN AND WATCHED CLOSELY TIL THEY WERE DONE. THEY CAME OUT FINE…BUT NEVER THOUGHT OF PUTTING THEM IN THE MICRO WAVE. THANKS

  43. I didn’t read all the posts so don’t know if someone already mentioned this, but if you butter or use olive oil on the skin and throw them in the toaster oven for a bit, skin side up, you’ll get a crispier skin! Of course, that’s before you fill them. Yummy!

    1. @LAURA HALL, I TOOK MY CANOLA SPRAY AND SPRAYED INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE POTATOES WHILE THEY WERE ON THE COOKING SHEET….WHICH GAVE ME A LITTLE CRISP TO MY SKINS WITHOUT THE EXTRA STEEP. BUT GREAT IDEA FOR THOSE THAT LIKE CRISPY SKINS.

  44. Absolutely delicious! But you’ve really got to nail that perfect amount of potato that you leave in there or it’ll be undercooked. Anyone have any idea?

  45. I made this for breakfast today for myself and my other half! We both enjoyed it! I’m going to share this with my mom who owns a Cafe! Thank you

  46. LOVE this idea and can’t wait to try, Once we try and I am sure we will LOVE is it ok with you if we share on our blog and link back to your original?

  47. could u tell me how much time do u bake the potatoes before starting the whole procedure with rhe eggs? loved the recipe!

    1. @KATERINA, JUST BAKE THEM LIKE YOU WOULD A NORMAL BAKED POTATO. THEN SCOOP THEM OUT. TIME WILL BE DIFFERENT DEPENDING ON THE SIZE AND TYPE OF POTATOES.

  48. OMG!. THESE WERE WONDERFUL. I FOLLOWED YOUR DIRECTIONS TO THE LETTER EXCEPT THE BUTTER ON THE INSIDE I SPRAYED WITH CANOLA OIL. I HAD TO BACK THEM A LITTLE LONG THAN YOU SAID BUT I KEPT MY EYE ON THEM SO I DID NOT OVER COOK THEM. WE HAD THEM FOR LUNCH AND THEY WERE GREAT. MY HUSBAND IS GIVING ME IDEALS FOR THE NEXT BATCH WE MAKE…SAUSAGE ON THE BOTTOM INSTEAD OF BACON, MORE VEGGIES. I MADE A BATCH OF 15 AND WILL BE FREEZING THE REST FOR QUICK MEALS TO COME. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE IT IS 100% A HIT HERE. WE ARE ALSO GOING TO BE MAKING YOUR BAKED POTATO SOUP THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE INSIDES OF THOSE POTATOES. AFTER THE ZUCCHINI BREAD IS DONE. CHARLOTTE

  49. Can you make these with scrambled eggs? The egg would most likely saturate the filings, but I wonder if it would cook all the way through…what do you think?

  50. Baked potatoes are one of the ingredients how long do I have to bake them for before I put the rest of the ingredients in! Do I have to bake them?

  51. So, I followed the directions to the T, but after 20 minutes, the whites on my eggs were totally soupy still, but the yolks were done. I left it in for a few more minutes until the egg whites weren’t totally liquid, but the yolks were cooked through hard. =( The concept is so great I’d be willing to try it again… do you have any tips or ideas about what might have happened?

  52. I made these over Christmas when my boys were home. They were delicious, fun, and a nice breakfast. Thanks so much for the idea.

  53. I love making breakfast for supper! This will be a nice easy supper on nights I am late getting home from work and too tired to cook a big meal. Thanks for the great recipe! 🙂

  54. This is SUCH a great idea!! I typically do not like baked potatoes because they are BLAND. But, I would SO go for this. How perfect and UNIQUE. 🙂 Not to mention, your blog is ADORABLE. I love the design sooooo much!

  55. Yum, thanks for the idea! I made it this morning and used “Bac-Uns” for a vegetarian version. Will make it again.

  56. I don’t see that anyone has commented about the scrambled egg option. I love the sunnyside up, but my husband won’t eat them! Has someone tried them scrambled?

    1. I personally don’t think scrambled eggs would taste very good here, but you could if you want! You’d want to really undercook them though, or not cook them at all after they go in the potato or they’ll end up overcooked.

  57. I made these for breakfast today, they were delicious. Brushing the inside with butter, a must. Next time I am going to bake the potatoes ahead of time. We put a little salsa on them it was good. Going to try it with green chilies in them next time. My daughters do not like their eyes sunnyside up but really loved this, the eggs were not real runny.

  58. i just can’t do runny or soft yolk eggs. i’m thinking this would be just as awesome if you mixed up the egg so it was more like scrambled or an omelet. i will try this but not with a runny yolk. thanks for sharing!!!!!

  59. After reading comments about the egg white remaining runny, I was wondering if poaching the egg before adding it to the top would help. I think I will try it that way and see what happens.

  60. I had runny whites also and had to cook about 30-40 min. I think the problem was cold potatoes out of the fridge. Next time I will re heat the potatoe (with butter) before adding the other ingredients.

  61. I made these tonight for a light dinner using leftover salt-baked potatoes. YUM. My husband loves runny eggs so I made his as the recipe states but I really dislike runny eggs so I scrambled mine. It took about 15 minutes longer to bake before the eggs were cooked but not overcooked. I used a fork to allow the scrambled egg to spread through the fillings (I used cheddar and steamed broccoli) before baking. The end result was like a soft omelette inside. It worked really well with the soft potato.

    I scooped some potato out of the tops and covered those with cheddar and broccoli and baked those as well. Yummy potato skins 🙂

  62. Next time I go out with the Scouts (Canadian) I’m going to do this in my dutch oven. But I’ll toast my skins up a bit over some coals.

  63. Made this today, absolutely delicious!!!!! Cooked 10 minutes longer than suggested and worked perfectly. Added cheddar and finely chopped broccoli I and asparagus. Thanks for sharing!!!

  64. How much of this can be done the night before? (sorry if you have already answered this in the comments…but I didn’t see anything!)

    1. You could bake your potatoes ahead of time, but you’d probably want to warm them up a little before baking them again so they get nice and hot by the time the egg is done.

  65. Muss die Kartoffel 2x gebacken werden? Und wie lange vor dem aushöhlen?
    Do you must cook the portato bevor you fill it? And how long?

    1. Yes, you need a baked potato. I bake mine at 400 degrees F for about an hour, or until they can be easily pierced with a fork.

  66. OMG this looks awesome ! I think I am going to try, but use : shredded mozzarella cheese – then sauteed green onions and mushrooms and green peppers – then add shredded cooked chicken – crack the egg on top – and top with more cheese, salt, pepper and a little mixture of italian seasonings – this would make it a dinner type meal with the chicken – can’t wait to make this tonight – its a dish I can do for one – my 18 year old son just left and was sworn into the Marines, so for first time by myself in 34 years – this is perfect because I can change and make it different any night just by changing the ingredients.

  67. How long and what degree do you leave in the potato the first time you back it, before uyou scrape off the top?

    1. I bake my potatoes for about an hour at 400.

  68. Mine have been baking at 350 for 30 minutes and the whites of the eggs are still runny. I even preheated the oven! Help 🙁

    1. Sometimes that just happens- it’s weird! Just keep ’em cooking or switch on the broiler maybe?

  69. I have these in the oven right now and I am NERVOUS! First, I Do Not like runny eggs. Hubs does, and the assurance that you like this recipe despite not liking runny eggs sold me. Second, the comments about the yolk cooking before the whites have me a little antsy, since I did bake my potatoes earlier today. They’ve just been sitting warm on the stove though, not cold in the fridge, so hopefully that’s not a problem. My biggest fear is that, as a person who has NEVER cooked runny eggs, that my cook time will be off and ruin them. This seems pretty time-sensitive. Fingers crossed! If it’s a success, it’s definitely something easy that my family will love!

  70. Oh my! I got home late last night and all I could think about was a baked potato with an over easy egg on top. I googled it, and found this recipe. I made it, but put the cheese and toppings on top, because I forgot to put them INSIDE the egg. Worked well. This is SOOO good! I will for sure be making this many times for a quick dinner! Thanks!

  71. Just made these tonight for wifey and I! Fantastic! Will be so good on a cold winters night! Thanks for the recipe.

  72. Ours have been in the oven for over 30 minutes and the whites are still runny. My oven temp is correct, because I bake in it all the time with perfect results. I think I’ll try at a higher temp next time, or just plan on it taking longer.

  73. Little to complex with the story and lack of direction on the actual dish at hand!
    I was able to scratch my head, read between the story and figure it out on my own . However,
    There are a lot of not so kitchen savvy peops looking for simple, wholesome dishes. This IS ONE!

  74. I’ve had this Pinned for awhile and finally made for breakfast this morning. So good and filling on this cold winter day! Thanks.

  75. Hey there, I’m really excited to make this, however oven temps are missing for when you cooked the potato and then the temp for when you put them back in with topping/eggs. Would appreciate your help!! I’ve already cooked the potatoes, just need the temp for cooking the eggs, thank you!!!

  76. I have this in my oven as I type. I had to use smaller potatoes and had to remove some of the egg whites to make everything fit. Really looking forward to it!

  77. I just made these, and cooked them a full 35 minutes at 350 and the whites were still completely liquid when I cut into my dinner. They’re fairly small eggs, too. Maybe your oven runs hot? Currently trying to salvage dinner in a skillet.

    1. Weird! I would turn on the broiler maybe, so the top gets cooked.

  78. I made these, they were delish! I used bacon, cheddar and sauteed onions. My only suggestion is to wrap the outside of the potato in foil so it stays soft.

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