Sunday Brunch – DIY Baked Eggs

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It snowed… again… so we are having another productive Sunday. This time, we decided to make use of one of our wedding gifts – a set of ramekins – to make a brunch treat for our friends. First, we made some bloody marys (YEAH!). Next, we fried up some bacon on the stove-top. I would have preferred to bake the bacon in the oven on a rack set in a cookie tray, but the bread (from my previous post) was in there so we had to use a frying pan on the stove instead. Baked bacon tends to be a bit more crispy because by setting it on a rack on top of the cookie sheet, the fat drips down into the pan, leaving the bacon less greasy.

For the eggs, we took 8 ramekins, brushed them with butter,  and placed a circle of puff pastry in the bottom. I brushed the top of the puff pastry with butter, and then cracked an egg into each ramekin. At this point, I thought it would be fun to let each person make their own egg creation, so I set out the following items on the counter:

Shredded cheese – Mozzarella, Monterrey Jack & Parmesan

Canned tomato puree

Mild salsa

Spicy salsa

Chopped parsley

Chopped cilantro

Cream

Each person added what they wanted to their ramekin and we baked the set at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.

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In retrospect, we should have baked the puff pastry by itself in the ramekin to get nice and brown, but the eggs were tasty nonetheless. Additionally, the eggs probably could have cooked for a little bit less time or at a slightly lower temperature, because our eggs were largely cooked through. But the result, in general, was delicious, and it was an easy way to accomodate everyone’s preferences.

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