Saturday, April 11, 2009

Basic Recipe for Easy & Versatile Baked Eggs in a Cup

I read a recipe somewhere for eggs that you bake in a muffin pan, but those little cups just didn't seem big enough, and what do you do if you only want to make one or two? What about making them ahead of time to use throughout the week for a quick breakfast? And maybe I want some of lastnight's leftover asparagus in mine and my husband doesn't?

The possibilities are endless with this recipe. I'm giving you the basic recipe and method, and you use your imagination to make this perfect for you. At the end of the recipe are some of my ideas. I'm sure you'll have a lot more!

You'll need one 4-ounce custard cup for each egg. Spray it with cooking spray and press one piece of Canadian bacon into the bottom. Top that with vegetables of your choice (or no veggies if you don't want any) and then break an egg on top. You can do this up to one day ahead, cover tightly and refrigerate or just continue with the recipe if you want to bake them right away.

Put the filled custard cups onto a baking sheet and slide it into a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with about a tablespoon of shredded cheese and loosely cover with a sheet of foil. Let rest for 5 minutes; the cheese will melt and the interior of the eggs will finish cooking. When cooked this way, the yolk will still be soft and a bit runny. If you want it cooked harder, just leave the eggs in the oven for a few more minutes.

Easy & Versatile Baked Eggs in a Cup

Serves 4

4 slices Canadian bacon
4 large eggs
1 T. shredded reduced-fat cheese (I use Mexican blend)
Sautéed or leftover vegetables of your choice (optional)

Spray each of four 4-ounce custard cups with nonstick cooking spray. Press one slice of Canadian bacon into bottom of each custard cup. If using fresh vegetables, sauté them first (onion, scallion, bell pepper, tomato, etc.). If using cooked vegetables, just chop them first into small pieces. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the vegetables on top of the bacon and then break an egg into each cup.

Place filled custard cups onto a baking sheet and slide into a preheated 400-degree oven. Bake for 15 minutes and then remove. Sprinkle with cheese and cover loosely with foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. With a spoon, scoop contents of each cup onto your plate or, if you are doing this for a crowd, onto a warmed serving platter or chafing dish.


Make ahead: Bake according to directions; cool completely and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to 4 days. To heat, microwave for 45 seconds on high. Serve.

Mexican: For veggies, use sautéed onions and combine with a can of diced green chiles. Cooked corn would be a good addition to this, or use a can of drained Mexican corn. Serve with a selection of salsas (rojo-red and verde-green). For the traditional Guadalajaran "Divorced Eggs," serve each plate with two eggs, top one egg with red sauce and one with green.

Italian: For veggies, use sautéed onions and bell pepper. Serve topped with a quick sauce of minced garlic, green onion, diced tomatoes, and fresh basil. Fresh asparagus tips would be a good addition to this, too!

On a buffet: Serve in chafing dishes with a variety of sauces on the side, with fresh fruit and an assortment of muffins. Great for a family gathering since you can do these ahead of time!

Veggie suggestions: onions, bell pepper, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, English peas

Sauce suggestions: Italian red sauces and bruschetta toppings, Mexican salsas, classic hollandaise

Nutrition per basic recipe each egg cup: 136 Calories; 8g Fat (53.2% calories from fat); 14g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 229mg Cholesterol; 507mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat.

Bon Appétit!
Chef Debbie

1 comment:

sangeeta said...

i like this baked egg n make it often......i make it in the microwave too which is soft n have nice ideas to serve it.