Bite Sized Baked Egg Cups

December 23, 2012

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Baked Egg Cups | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comIf you are my friend or follow this blog, you all know that I love prepping my ingredients for easy weeknight meals. And I LOVE having bite sized snacks on hand for pretty much anytime of the day. These mini egg bites allows my eldest, Eli, to make his own breakfast in the mornings and provides me with a mid morning snack, keeping me far away from stuff I shouldn’t eat.

Baked Egg Cups + Salsa on the Side | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comIn the past I would make lots of mini quiches and freeze them for snack time or unexpected guests. These little baked egg cups have replaced those cute little quiches, no crust needed, thus no gluten. I prefer them purely vegetarian. Using up veggies from the previous nights meal (roasted asparagus, potatoes, broccoli, sauteed spinach, etc.) is right in line with my “no waste” philosophy. These are just another way to “re-purpose” staples and ingredients I already have on hand.

Bite Size Baked Egg Cups | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comGenerally, I like my eggs served with homemade salsa or onion marmalade on the side. Not only does it add so much more flavor, but it brings a bit of color to the plate. And think about the possibilities for your next brunch. Make these in advance, in a variety of flavor combos, leaving more room for Bloody Mary’s and conversation.

My favorite combo, so far, is this one or one made with blanced asparagus, goat cheese, and leeks. Make a double recipe. Keep them in the fridge for up to four days…that is, if they last that long.

Baked Egg Cups

ingredients:
7 eggs
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1-2 tablespoons whole milk
1 leek, cleaned, diced (white part only)
2 teaspoons ghee
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
pinch of nutmeg
a bit of sunflower oil for the pan

instructions:
• preheat oven to 375*
• using sunflower oil, grease a 24 capacity mini silicone baking pans. place on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet.
• melt ghee in a small saute pan. add leeks and saute over medium heat until translucent, about 10-12 minutes. let cool slightly.
• whisk eggs with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
• fill muffin cups with grated Gruyere (slightly less than a tablespoon) and a 1/2 teaspoon of leeks.
• using a glass measuring cup, pour enough egg mixture over other ingredients to fill almost to the top.
• bake 16 – 20 minutes or until the tops are slightly golden and a knife inserted into the center of one of the eggs comes out clean.
• let cool a bit before eating. uneaten egg bites can be stored in the fridge for about four days.
• to reheat, wrap in foil, place on a small baking sheet, and bake at 350* for about 8-10 minutes.
yield: 24 mini muffin cups

More Breakfast Ideas around the Web:
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Potato Red Pepper and Feta Fritttata – The Kitchen
Bacon Jam – Spoon Fork Bacon
Savory Bread Pudding – The Urban Baker
Breakfast Chilaquiles Casserole – Scarletta Bakes

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1 Kim December 24, 2012 at 6:27 am

It’s a great idea for every meals!!!! Merry Christmas Susan!

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2 Susan December 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Have a wonderful holiday, Kim. Much gratitude and love in 2013!

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3 marla December 24, 2012 at 7:36 am

Perfect for breakfast any day at all! Happy holidays!

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4 El December 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

These look positively scrumptious. Have a wonderful New Year!

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5 Susan December 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm

El – they are! Happy New Year, El. Cheers to lots of wonderful adventures in 2013!

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6 a farmer in the dell January 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I am totally stalking your blog!!! Sorry! but all of your recipes sound great! These baked egg cups are right up my alley! yum

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7 Susan January 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

Stalk away… I will not call the authorities. Not only were these yummy, but this is one of those dishes that can use up leftovers lingering in the fridge. My eldest son is the egg eater, so I generally cut this recipe in half as he and I are the only ones who eat them!

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