Just a quick post about a power packed pick-me-up that can be made any time of the day and with little fuss.
- You will need bacon slices – thinner works better than thicker.
- Eggs – large to extra large works well.
- Shredded cheese – whatever you like. I used extra sharp Tillamook.
- Thin sliced deli ham.
- Garnish – Optional. I find that minced Serrano chili pepper provides a nice heat and a little complexity to the flavor profile.
- Seasoning – Salt and Pepper to taste.
- One medium cup size muffin pan.
One slice of bacon per egg cup. With the bacon, I find that it is best to partially cook the bacon. I use the microwave to cook the bacon about 3/4 done – not yet crispy, but firm.
Pre-heat oven to 375 F.
If you are using a “non” non-stick pan, use a small amount of butter, oil, shortening or other release agent to help with releasing the egg cups when they are done. Now, I line the bottom of each cup with a thin slice of deli ham, shaped to fit. Next add a small amount of your shredded cheese. Now you can line the walls of each cup with a slice of your par-cooked bacon. You are ready to add your eggs now. I have read that some folks will crack an egg into a small bowl and then pour it into the muffin cup, for myself, I find it easier to crack the eggs directly into the muffin cups.
Once you have your egg cups set up in the muffin pan, you are ready for the oven. Cooking time will depend upon how firm you want the egg, but between 17 and 21 minutes will get you there.
On this particular batch, twenty one minutes resulted in a solid egg yolk. If you like a runny yolk, you are looking at around seventeen minutes. Keep in mind that the egg will continue to cook when removed from the oven so it is important to get it on your plate and into your face before the yolk sets further.
I served this batch with a crisp waffle and syrup because bacon and syrup are made for each other.
Okay, that’s it. Really pretty easy and a nice change of pace. It takes a little bit of time but is worth it when all is said and done. Get creative and put your personal spin on this easy dish and let me know how it turns out.