Saturday, January 24, 2009

baked brunch

Shoveling cold cereal into my mouth before I'm even fully awake, breakfasts during the week are usually hurried. I'm already thinking three steps ahead - is there gas in the car? can I stop at the post office and still make it to work on time? what shall we have for dinner? I know I need to eat if I'm going to make it through the morning so I fuel up on something so unremarkable that I've forgotten what I had by lunchtime.

Weekends, though, I snuggle in my warm dark cocoon, leaving only when my belly starts to grumble. I trek down to the kitchen in my pajamas and start the coffee. Happily realizing that breakfast time has come and gone, I set about making the little luxury that is brunch. Clever girl that I am, I planned ahead and yesterday bought the ingredients for something delicious and fancy-looking but oh, so simple to make...

Just line the cups of a muffin tin with a bit of thinly sliced ham, put a little cheese in the bottom and crack an egg into the cup. Top with some sliced scallions, cracked black pepper and paprika and bake in a 350ºF oven for about 20-25 minutes. Serve with bread still warm from the oven and suddenly, a simple Saturday is something to celebrate.

23 comments:

Dave Zeman said...

Wow does that sound good...

mind if I repost it to thezemmyshow.blogspot.com

I'll put a link to your site.

Dave

Heath said...

mmmmm.... Noms!

That looks tasty! I am so trying that Sunday AM.

Crucis said...

You're giving Brigid competition with this one.

aepilot_jim said...

Will you marry me? Or if Mike can cook like this will he marry me? Just so long as y'all cook stuff like this. One of you marry me.

Earl said...

You do so well, now don't answer the telephone during meals!

BobG said...

I would probably substitute prosciutto for the ham, but that's just me.

Miz Minka said...

D'you think this would work with bacon instead of ham??? ;)

Breda said...

Jim - this recipe is easy enough that you could do it yourself, you know ;)

Earl - I never answer the phone anyway, let alone during meals.

Minka - I don't think so. Too greasy.

Lissa said...

That looks DELICIOUS!!

aepilot_jim said...

Curse you evil librarian! I went out and bought all the stuff to make this tomorrow for brunch and I get a call for a trip in the morning as I'm leaving the check out line. I blame you for my delay in gratification.

I got honey ham, procuito and bacon with mozzarella and sharp cheddar to experiment a bit. I'll let you know which I liked best when I can.

reflectoscope said...

My goodness. I guess I'll have to buy a muffin tray and try this tomorrow for breakfast. (In all likelihood, lunch and supper, too)

Jim

Old NFO said...

Er... can I get a to go order :-) Delivered to Tokyo????

I'm sure it was as good as it looked... sigh...

Buckshot said...

Breda,

No bacon? Cook it crisp ahead of time, crumble and sprinkle it on top if nothing else!

I would hold the scallions, they don't do that well with me, same as the rest of the onion family.

Does paprika actually have a flavor or is it just a red color? Never figured this one out.

Other than that, good to go!

Buckshot

agg79 said...

Wow. Great recipe. I just finished my lame breakfast and that just made me hungry again. Thanks for sharing!

Legman688 said...

Try smoked paprika instead of the regular sometime.

How hard is that pan to clean afterwards??

doubletrouble said...

Well, thank YOU Breda!

We just got finished w/our Sunday lazy brunch that featured this recipe.
Awesome, & elegant as well, we used thinly (hand) sliced smoked ham in the tin. Didn't have any greenie bits, & this will definitely be back for a command performance.

Tnx again!!!

Lydia said...

I think I just had a culinary orgasm looking at this.

Anonymous said...

i do that with bacon instead of ham.

-SayUncle

Christina LMT said...

You are evil. And I say that with the greatest affection and respect.

*sigh*

Tam said...

Hell, I could make that!

You are so awesome! Thank you!


(WV: "sphingee", which was coincidentally the exact sound I made when I saw that picture...)

Dan of Earth said...

That, dear lady, is fruitin' brilliant. ;)

Gunny Gramma said...

I fixed the eggs for our own Saturday brunch, and my husband was "wowed"! I used bacon--fried it a little bit first, then criss-crossed the slices in the muffin tin. I like the prosciutto idea, too, and the variety of cheeses. Any time you want to post another recipe . . . :)

Sue said...

This was our Easter Brunch - YUM! My son made it substituting a strip of bacon around the outside in place of the ham. He topped it with a nice sprinkle of oregano and thyme (added red pepper to his own) and they were SUPER yummy :) Thanks for sharing the recipe!