Make Baked Egg Cups and Make Mom’s Day

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For those of you who are planning a tasty Mother’s Day (May 13) brunch, here’ s a simple recipe from Egg Farmers of Canada that will make you look like a pro.

For this recipe, the eggs are the star of the dish. Be sure to use fresh and local eggs for maximum tastiness. Canadians have a strong opinion when it comes to their food. An April 2013 survey of grocery purchases revealed that Canadians prefer food from their own province in order to consider it fresh. Look on below to the infographic to learn more about this survey.

Ingredients
6 thin slices ham
18 baby spinach leaves
6 tsp (30 mL) crumbled goat cheese
6 eggs
6 tsp (30 mL) milk (1%)
2 tsp (10 mL) finely chopped chives
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) black pepper

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Spray bottoms and sides of 6-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Line inside of each muffin cup with ham. Place three spinach leaves over ham, then 1 tsp (5 mL) goat cheese over spinach. Carefully crack an egg over top. Spoon 1 tsp (5 mL) milk over each yolk. Sprinkle chives and pepper over top.
  • Bake in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven until whites are set and yolks are cooked as desired, 18 to 20 minutes. Run knife around inside of each muffin cup, then remove.

 

Notes
Variations: Instead of muffin tin, use six 1/2-cup (125 mL) ramekins or custard cups. Instead of sliced ham, use shaved ham. Instead of spinach, use kale. Instead of ham, use smoked salmon. Instead of goat cheese, use feta cheese, cream cheese or grated hard cheese of your choice. Omit goat cheese. Over spinach leaves, place thin slice of tomato and slice of large white or cremini mushroom. Omit ham. Use more spinach leaves or a large kale leaf to line muffin cups. Omit goat cheese and milk; sprinkle grated Parmesan or Cheddar cheese over each egg before baking. Instead of chives, use chopped fresh herbs of your choice.

 

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