Whip up these vegetable-filled egg and toast cups for a fun and easy brunch this weekend. This vegetarian recipe can be turned to a meat lover's with a sprinkle of bacon or sausage.
My 11-year old (T) is the king of eggs. And I don't just mean that he likes to eat eggs; he can also cook them almost any way you can think of. T can scramble, coddle, soft boil, poach, fry and omelet (yep, I'm making that a verb) better than any kid I know. There's one thing he hasn't learned to do yet and that's baking eggs. It's high time we added that to his repertoire!
While T may choose to start with eggs baked in a ramekin or a baked egg casserole, I'm guessing that he'll want to try his hand at these fun egg cups made in a muffin tin.
First of all, he'll get to cut out bread with a cookie cutter (you can also use the edge of a glass or bowl) and smush it down with his hand. What 11-year old doesn't like to smush things?!
He's not a big mushrooms lover like his mum, so I'll bet he chooses to fill his with peppers and bits of bacon or sausage, along with some grated cheese. That's the beauty of these egg and toast cups - you can make them to suit your fancy.
We may differ on the mushroom thing, but I can guarantee that he'll douse his egg cups in hot sauce after they bake, just like his mum. Neither of us seem to be able to eat our eggs without hot sauce these days. I've been using this hot sauce and T love this one, partly for the flavor and partly because it appeals to his 11-year old sense of humor.
Serve these up with a side of fruit and you have the perfect weekend breakfast!
Other healthy brunch recipes:
Cookin' Canuck's Sweet Potato Hash with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Cookin' Canuck's Buckwheat Blender Pancakes
Amy's Healthy Baking's Blueberry Blintzes, Lightened
Just a Taste's Quick & Easy Breakfast Bruschetta
Ahead of Thyme's Mediterranean Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Tomato & Feta
Vegetable Egg & Toast Cups Recipe
- 4 slices whole wheat bread I used Orowheat
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 ounces crimini mushrooms thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish
- hot sauce if desired
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat 4 cups of a muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Using a round cookie cutter, or the edge of a glass or small bowl (with a paring knife), cut out a large circle from each piece of bread.
- Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten the bread and place one flattened circle into each prepared muffin tin cup.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and bell peppers, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Evenly divide the mushroom mixture between the four bread cups.
- Working with one egg at a time, crack the egg over a bowl and let about half of the egg white fall into the bowl. Pour the yolk and the remaining egg white into one bread cup. Repeat with remaining eggs and bread cups. Reserve the egg whites in the bowl for another use.
- Fill each empty muffin cup about a quarter full with cold water. This will stop the muffin tin from scorching in the oven.
- Bake the egg cups until the white is set and the yolk is runny, about 10 minutes. This may vary by a few minutes.
- Run a kitchen knife or small metal spatula around each cup, gently remove from the muffin tin.
- Garnish with chopped parsley and hot sauce, if desired.
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This was great. We made a few changes, though. First, we beat the eggs before pouring them into the cup because we were having trouble making them fit into the little cups. We also added onion to the filling and used silicone muffin tins so it was easier to pull the muffins out. Overall, really yummy recipe. Loved that you could taste the wheat in the bread (and we still made croutons with the left over crusts!)
One note: this took us far longer than ten minutes to prepare, though we did make 12 muffins.
Oh my gosh....how perfect are these? What a fun idea!
Michelle | A Latte Food
What a fun breakfast idea! I love the surprise underneath the eggs!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
Oh yum! These look perfect for Sunday breakfast! 🙂
Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
I guess my daughter would be the queen of eating eggs, but one day she will learn to cook them, haha! These look really good, and such a nice twist on breakfast!
Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
I love this idea - so customizable! I'd go with mushrooms one day and bacon and peppers the next. Who could resist such perfect little portions bursting with color!?
This is such a good idea!!
Lauren @ Hall Nesting
My son would love these sans hot sauce