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Crispy Parmesan and Pesto Egg in a Bagel. A fun twist on the bagel sandwich, that might just be even more delicious. Crispy parmesan cheese, basil pesto, seeded bagels, and perfectly cooked sunny side up eggs. Serve yours up with avocado and herbs and you’ll have a great breakfast to enjoy any day of the week.

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We have ourselves a breakfast recipe! And a really dang good one too. I’m not really sure why, but I almost never share savory breakfast recipes like this. It’s just plain silly of me because breakfast dishes are delicious.

I do the same thing with appetizers. I think it’s because more times than not, I’m usually cooking for a lot of people. They’re expecting dinner, not really a breakfast-for-dinner situation (though that is really delicious). So I most often make dinner recipes, which I, of course, then share here.

But today we have a nice switch-up…breakfast it is!

Crispy Parmesan and Pesto Egg in a Bagel |

The details

Let me walk you through the layers of this bagel. There’s crispy parmesan cheese on the bottom (it’s like a delicious cheese cracker). Then a layer of basil pesto (I usually make mine spicy). Next comes the toasted bagel (I love to use sesame seed bagels).  And then that delicious egg in the middle. Finish this off with an avocado herb salad.

My family likes to add hot sauce – to be expected, of course.

Start with the bagel. Try to use a bagel that has a good size hole in the middle. If it’s on the small side, just use your fingers to widen the hole a bit.

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Now the cheese, sprinkle it onto a hot skillet. As the cheese hardens it becomes like a thin and crispy cracker. It is DELICIOUS! In fancy terms, this is called Frico. It’s often used in salads, which is also great.

Next, dollop some basil pesto over the cheese, then add the bagel. For the pesto, I like to use homemade. My mix is simply basil, arugula, toasted nuts, parmesan, and olive oil. Oh, and I like to add a jalapeño too. Then blend everything together in the food processor.

After you add the pesto, top with the bagel, then crack the egg into the bagel hole and let cook.

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The herby avocado salad

I wanted to include some avocado in this dish. I just think avocados, eggs, and toast go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other.

I use fresh herbs, diced avocado, lemon, and chili flakes. Serve on the side or overtop your bagel.

It’s the perfect breakfast bagel and, shockingly, a really quick and easy way to cook your eggs. The crispy cheese on the bottom adds a whole new layer of texture and flavor. The pesto adds brightness and gives you that perfectly runny yolk and toasted bagel combination.

It’s delicious. Great for the weekends, but easy enough to make during the week too.

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Looking for other savory breakfast ideas? Here are my favorites: 

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Breakfast Quesadilla with Soft Scrambled Eggs and Avocado Salsa

Baked Cheddar Pesto Egg Boats

Za’atar Eggs with Lemony Yogurt and Herbs

Lastly, if you make this Crispy Parmesan and Pesto Egg in a Bagel be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Crispy Parmesan and Pesto Egg in a Bagel

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 2 eggs
Calories Per Serving: 837 kcal

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  • 1. Make sure the bagel's hole is 3/4 inch wide. Use your fingers to pull the hole bigger, if needed.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the the top bagel half, cut side facing up, to one side of the skillet. To the other side, sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese in a circle the size of your bagel. Spoon 1/2 the pesto over the cheese. When the cheese melts, about 1 minute, flip the bagel, cut side facing down, onto the cheese. Crack 1 egg into the bagel hole. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook, until the whites are set, but the yolk is still runny, 6 to 8 minutes, or to your preference. Repeat with the remaining bagel half.
    3. In a bowl toss together the avocado, arugula, dill, lemon, sesame, chili flakes, and salt. Serve with the bagel.
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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious. A really quick and easy dish to prepare for the three of us as a lazy Sunday dinner. All three of us loved it.

    1. Hey Hannah,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it. Have the best week:) xx

  2. 5 stars
    So freaking delicious and easy!! The Parmesan cheese crisp elevates the whole dish! I didn’t have the ingredients for the pesto but will definitely have to add that next time.

    1. Hi Marina,
      So sorry, I only had the video on IG for 24 hours, we are working to transfer videos for recipes:) Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is simply delicious. I had to make a couple of substitutions to the original recipe because I didn’t have some of the ingredients (substituted bagel for brioche bread and did a poached egg instead). However, the recipe turned out great! I totally recommend it, the flavors are amazing

  5. 5 stars
    Such an easy, quick and delicious meal! Definitely will be one of my go-tos. I didn’t have everything for the toppings so just used avocado, but still amazing. Will definitely have to try it with the rest of the ingredients soon!

    1. Hey Dorothy,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner. Have the best weekend:) xT

    1. Hi Kelsi,
      In step 3, you will top the egg with avocado. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

  6. This was so delicious!!! Definitely going to be something I make once a week from now on. The pesto added fantastic flavor.

    1. Hey Pam,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great day:) xxT