Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday brunch

Now that I've resurrected the sleeping blog, I think I'd like to do food posts occasionally. What's more fun than sharing with the world what you ate? 

Anyway. Today was Sunday brunch with Mr Darkheart's family. I contributed baked eggs in bacon cups-- a super easy dish that is OM NOM NOM NOM.

Shirred eggs in bacon cups
serves 6

12 strips of cooked bacon*
12 medium eggs
12 teaspoons heavy cream
6 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
black pepper
boiling water

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray each cup of a muffin tray with Pam or whatever.
  • Line each cup with a strip of bacon, then add an egg to each. Top each egg with a teaspoon of cream and a half teaspoon of cheese. Grind a whole lot of pepper over everything.
  • Pour the boiling water into a deep baking dish (large enough to hold the muffin tray) until it's about an inch deep. Put the muffin tray in the water bath and bake on the middle rack for 15 minutes.
  • Let the eggs cool slightly and they will pop right out of their molds. 
*DO NOT overcook the bacon! You want it at the just barely done and still flappy stage.

I like this recipe 'cos there's infinite variations. No bacon? Use ham. Or turkey bacon. Use whatever cheese you have on hand. Garnish with fresh green herbs of your choice. Add red pepper flakes. Whatever. It all works.

And a brunch protip: Don't bother serving plain oatmeal and yogurt for bunch. It doesn't matter how many times you say that it's "parfait", nobody's going to impressed with it. Brunch is about eating foods that you don't normally indulge in and nobody cares about your high fiber diet.

Now pass the sausage, please.

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