Baked Pancetta Egg Cups - Eggs bake to your preferred doneness in a flavorful cup made of pancetta. Perfect for a holiday brunch.
It seems like for those of us that celebrate Easter, there are two camps; Brunch or Dinner. My family is a dinner kind of family. And by dinner, I mean we eat a ridiculously huge "dinner" around 1 PM. I know a lot of other people who don't do the traditional holiday dinner but instead have a casual brunch.
If you are a brunch kind of crowd, these Baked Pancetta Egg Cups will save you some time in the kitchen, leaving you more time to spend with the family.
Yesterday, I found myself staring at the 4 slices of pancetta sitting in my fridge, wondering what to do with it. You might remember, I bought pancetta to use in my Fried Goat Cheese Salad the other day and I had a few slices leftover. There was NO WAY I was going to throw it out. That would be a crime!
After about 10 minutes of staring in my fridge, I decided to go the breakfast route. Quite possibly because it was 10 AM and I hadn't eaten a thing. I remembered seeing Ham and Egg Cups and Bacon Egg Cups all over Pinterest in the past and thought "I can do that with this pancetta".
I started off thinking I was going to add cheese to my cups like most of the other recipes I've seen, but in the end I decided that I didn't need it. The pancetta has so much flavor on it's own and I really wanted that to shine.
As I was placing my pancetta in the muffin tin, I decided that to avoid rubbery pancetta, I had better cook it a bit before adding the egg, so I tossed it in the oven for 8 minutes. After the 8 minutes, I pulled it out and cracked an egg in the center of each piece of pancetta. Now, I am a runny yolk kind of girl and I am in the camp of why bother with an egg that isn't oozing all over my plate. I am so glad that I got these out just in the right amount of time. If you want a harder set egg, bake for 10 minutes, if you want that yolk to be runny and dip worthy, bake 7-8 minutes.
That's it. The only seasoning I used was salt and pepper. This is a case of "simple is sometimes better".
Here's the best part, you can make a ton of these in no time at all. I have a 24 well muffin tin so 24 of these can be made at once. How great is that for a party or brunch? I know!
If you celebrate Easter, do you have brunch or dinner?
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Baked Pancetta Egg Cups
- non stick cooking spray
- 6 slices pancetta
- 6 eggs
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Spray muffin tin with non stick spray.
- Place pancetta in muffin tin to form a "cup". Bake 8 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven after 8 minutes and crack an egg into the center of each piece of pancetta. Season with salt and pepper. Return to oven and bake 7-10 minutes depending on your desired doneness of egg.