Bakin' egg...

by - Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shorter sleeves, longer hours; less fuss, more fun...
This is summer... With the weather perfect for al fresco dining anytime of the day, meals need to be quick and easy with minimal ingredients. On lazy mornings when we can open our eyes at later hours, brunch seems to be the more appropriate meal, as breakfast becomes a distant memory. Today happened to be one such morning we were lucky enough to enjoy. With only three ingredients and a muffin baking pan, I slipped this quick and fuss-free meal into the oven to bake while we showered and dressed. In less than twenty minutes, we were out on the deck fueling up for the rest of the busy afternoon. These are actually great for any meal, accompanied by a tossed veggie salad for supper or some crusty foccacia for lunch. 
Bakin' Egg Cups
6 eggs
12 slices of ham (thin sliced)
1-cup of shredded cheese (I had some Swiss and cheddar in the fridge)
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat the oven 350*. In a trusted muffin pan (the one I used had six wells, thus the recipe for 6 eggs), line each muffin well with two slices of ham. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the cheese divided evenly in the bottom of each well on top of the ham. Just eyeball it. Crack one egg into each well on top of the cheese. Salt & pepper a little to taste on top if you prefer. Sprinkle the remainder of cheese on top of all six eggs. Bake at 350*  for about 15 -17 minutes according to your oven or until the eggs are set and not giggly. The ham "cups" crisp up and flavor the egg as it bakes with the melted cheese... They smell divine...
We devoured two egg cups each with a cup of coffee for me and chocolate milk for Brenna. Then we were on our way! The egg cups travel well too... a great protein pick-me-up snack on the go. 
Fuss-free and flavor-filled food can catch you up to the hours stolen by slumber - a real summer treat!
Enjoy! xoxo-Sonya

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