11/13/10

ham and egg cups

I get emails requesting more recipes on making easy, fast, yet tasty meals and desserts. Good idea, right? Here is one such very easy and very versatile meal that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Why is this versatile? Well if you deconstruct it, you will see that you can add in, and/or replace new ingredients each and every time you make this.
For example, you can add in hash browns (precooked of course), you could use crumbled sausage, you could use brie cheese, you could add in sliced apples with the brie cheese with the ham (with or without the egg). See? The list is endless and fun. So your kids could get involved too. I'm sure your kids would love to have the opportunity to make their own ham & cheese cup? Might also be a great way to get them to eat their fruits and veggies?

ham & egg cups
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Notes: I used giant muffin tins. I’m sure regular size would work too, just reduce cooking time. You can’t see in the photo, but there is a bottom layer of sourdough bread. It might be fun to use pre-cooked hash browns as the bottom too. Just make sure the pre-cooked hash browns are at room temp or warmed up before placing in muffin tins.
Best advice: play with the ingredients; this is a very versatile dish that can easily be used to swap in new ideas.
Yummy Ideas: brie, ham & apples; salsa, egg & cheese; sweet potato hash, sausage, & egg; pizza style eggs; french toast & bacon; mini omelets inside the ham...oh the endless possibilities.

Toasted sourdough bread, cut into circles to fit into bottom of muffin tins
10-15 medium sliced, slices of ham (don’t use really thin, they will burn)
6 large eggs, room temp (they cook faster if room temp)
Salt & pepper
freshly chopped parsley or tarragon, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tins with nonstick spray. Place the ham in the muffin tins and flute out the edges, then place the cut out sourdough toasted circles in each muffin tin. (if you want to add in precooked hash brown chunks this is where you add them in in place of the bread).
Carefully crack each egg into the muffin egg, making sure not to break the yolk. Immediately bake for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the egg is done to your likeness. (Remember I used giant muffin tins; if using regular size muffin tins reduce cooking time a bit).

36 comments:

  1. Delicioso, yo quiero unos huevos con jamón cmo ese.

    Saludos

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  2. This looks amazing : )

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  3. Fabulous Dawn. You know I love BFD/Brinner- and this would be a perfect dish. I would just replace the ham with extra cheese for me :)

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  4. Not to mention these are adorable

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  5. Very clever and definitely versatile! I like the sourdough bread bottom and I bet a tortilla cup in place of the ham would be a good vegetarian version.

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  6. These are so cute and I love how simple they are! One bite deliciousness.

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  7. These would be a favourite for breakfast or lunch. I just adore this idea.

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  8. umm, i totally need a giant muffin tin :) like, stat. and i need breakfast for dinner!!

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  9. This is SO creative..and like you said, the possibilites are endless. I better get started :-)

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  10. I like the secret slice of bread on the bottom. It's a nice surprise to dig into in these lovely egg cups.

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  11. This looks great. I love the idea of little servings of breakfast or brunch food in little individual servings.

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  12. I love it Dawn! I am going to change it up a little bit though, and try it out with some Proscuitto. I will let you know how it goes. LOL

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  13. Yum and easy! Oh and the bread with all of the yummy butter on it seals the deal!

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  14. So easy and delicious! My kind of breakfast :)

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  15. You are the queen of turning quick recipes into wow factors!
    Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

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  16. Cute and yummy post! Thanks and I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with all your favorite people!

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  17. Love these for breakfast. Can you make me some?

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  18. Mmmm, what tasty little breakfast treats - I bet they'd be a huge hit at a brunch party too!

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  19. I make something similar with bacon instead of ham. I'm sure they're equally delicous. Those crispy ham edges got me drooling!

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  20. Fast and easy is good in the morning, especially with cranky hard to move kids.

    BTW- "the" cat is still here. I think if we put in a litter box he would stay permanently. Oh I wish I didnt have allergies. I just had to laugh about your alley cat.

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  21. These are so adorable! Such a tasty delicious breakfast :)

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  22. No hassle breakfasts are the way to go. Winner winner :)

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  23. We love baked eggs! I love the idea of sticking hash in for a bottom layer. We'll be trying that soon!

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  24. Twenty Six people can't be wrong. This was a great breakfast and any naysayers who put you down are really only jealous--and looking at this post on my 32 inch monitor, it looks absolutely FABULOUS and I wish you'd make them again!

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  25. Love quick, easy and versatile meals. This one looks super delicious Dawn. I think my favorite part of this would be the crispy edges.

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  26. Loving those crispy edges!

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  27. Hi Dawn, Those eggs look nestled so nice!! Making me hungry :)

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  28. Delicioso for my boyfriend since I dont eat pork but it looks really nice.

    Peace
    Missy
    http://throughanindielens.blogspot.com/

    PS I love the pumpkin Tart

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  29. Love this! I just made these recently using wheat bread and bacon... they were so tasty! My kids would love the ham.

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  30. what an attractive presentation! this is a lovely breakfast, yes, but i'd also be game for serving it as an appetizer in a more formal setting. bravo, dawn!

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  31. Yum! Michael would love this. Maybe if he gets lucky i'll make it for breakfast. =)

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