By Leslie Kelly

Sponsored by Smithfield

Baked eggs might look fancy, but they're a breeze to make. It's all in the prep, which makes them perfect for parties. You mix the ingredients, put them in the oven and then hang with your friends while brunch bakes. There's even time to head over to the DIY Bloody Mary Bar.

Every eggy breakfast deserves a side of crispy bacon! Smithfield Bacon adds a pop of flavor to these simple breakfast classics.

Meat Lover's Baked Eggs

The winning, one-two punch of ham and eggs works well when given the oven-baked treatment, with the porky pleasure parts getting a bit of crispy char. Ham, sausage and bacon elevate that morning casserole to an extra satisfying level. Please pass the homemade salsa.

1. Eggs Benedict Casserole

Here's eggs Benedict in easy make-ahead breakfast casserole form, with Canadian bacon or ham, English muffins, and hollandaise sauce. "Overnight Eggs Benedict! Easy to make ahead, perfect for brunch or a special occasion or overnight house guests," says alycimo.

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2. Baked Brunch Omelette

A simple baked egg casserole featuring Cheddar cheese, ham, and green onions. "This is so easy to prepare and everyone raves about it," says WALLEN. "The best part is that you can put it together the night before and just pop it in the oven the next morning. Delicious!"

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3. Mom's Baked Egg Muffins

Add this bacon, egg, and toast cup to your collection of easy brunch recipes. Muffin tins are lined with bread and filled with crumbled bacon, an egg, and a sprinkle of cheese, then baked. "Super yummy and works for a morning breakfast dessert food if you add a little extra maple syrup on top," says bakedsmiles.

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4. Breakfast Casserole

This casserole features sausage, potatoes, eggs, and mushrooms. It's easy to make. "A great holiday breakfast casserole that may be made the night before, and baked while opening Christmas presents," says SCHULES.

5. Dad's Breakfast Pizza

A breakfast pizza made with refrigerated biscuit dough and topped with eggs, bacon, and Cheddar cheese. "This recipe can be very versatile depending on your preferences," says Holly Chadwick. "My whole family used to gather at 10 a.m. every Sunday morning at Mom and Dad's for breakfast. Dad made this up one Sunday, and it has been a favorite of ours ever since."

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6. Individual Baked Eggs

"A very easy idea with a minimum of fuss or muss for any number of people," says Spokes. "Individual baked eggs surrounded by a strip of bacon, and topped with a square of cheese. These eggs take on a very pleasing flavor just by baking instead of cooking them in the more conventional manner. Great not having splatters all over, and being able to do 12 or more eggs at one time."

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Vegetarian Approved

When it comes to delivering protein power, eggs are king. These veg-friendly preparations focus on the rich flavor and creamy texture egg lovers crave. Pro tip: When adding individual eggs into muffin pans and the like, crack them first into a cup or a small bowl and gently pour into the cooking vessel. That helps prevent broken yolks.

7. Chef John's Shakshuka

"This North African one-dish-meal is so fast, easy, and delicious," says Chef John. "Be sure to cook your sauce until the veggies are nice and soft and sweet. Once the eggs go in, you can finish covered on the stove, or just pop the pan into a hot oven until they cook to your liking." Watch this video for all the tips and tricks you'll need to make Chef John's Shakshuka:

8. Mexican Shakshuka

"This Mexican-inspired shakshuka is a tomato-y, one-skillet poached eggs dish that's full of all the flavors you expect from Mexican recipes," says Candice. "Diced tomatoes, onions, and smoked peppers, plus cumin, chili powders and Spanish paprika. And together, they make this one hearty meal to feed a crowd from one skillet. Serve with warmed corn or flour tortillas and butter-fried hominy."

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9. Whole30 Baked Eggs in Marinara Sauce

"An easy and quick breakfast recipe. No fuss, no muss," says SheLovesPaleo. "Use your favorite marinara and make sure any jarred variety has no added sugar to keep it Whole30 compliant. Serve with a breakfast salad and some plantain home fries."

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10. Baked Italian Frittata

"I always have zucchini on hand," says Cindy Anschutz Barbieri. "I can't grab enough at our local farmers markets. This baked Italian egg, zucchini, and scallion frittata was so amazing and simple. Top with diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, or salsa!"

11. Shirred Eggs

You'll pour a little cream into ramekins, and then crack eggs on top of the cream, sprinkling with salt, pepper, chives, and Parmesan cheese. "These delicious eggs are baked with cream, chives, and Parmesan cheese," says rd12498.

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12. Chef John's Baked Eggs

"If you enjoy huevos rancheros, you will love this," says Chef John. "The way the spicy sauce mingles with just barely set eggs is very similar, and when you start scooping this up with toasted chunks of bread, it gets borderline magical."

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