Pretty Prosciutto and Spinach Egg Cups

Thank you to Safest Choice Eggs for sponsoring this post.


It’s the dirty little secret of cooking (or perhaps not such a secret): That making meals is messy. Parents the world over are forever bemoaning the lack of time to plan dinners or grocery shop or cook, blaming this daunting triumvirate on their propensity towards takeout. But cleaning up the aftermath of mealtime is one of the biggest barriers to the craft. In our house, the cook doesn’t have to clean, which is my dirty little motivation for being so busy at the stove.

Which brings me to these super-scrumptious, salty, creamy Prosciutto and Spinach Egg Cups.

NO DISHES.

For real. The only clean up is one weansy muffin tin. And if you butter it generously enough and then bribe one of your children to do the scrubbing, you’re off the hook, lady.

Prosciutto egg cups

A few good things to know:

1. All that’s involved is laying prosciutto and leafy greens into a muffin tin and then cracking an egg in the center of each one.

2. The result is a tender baked egg with a runny yolk. That oozy center combined with the salty prosciutto is magic. With that soft yolk, consider using pasteurized eggs such as Safest Choice, especially if you’re feeding little ones.

3. Know that this is terrific for breakfast, lunch, or brunch, particularly if you’re having company, since it’s a no-brainer to double or triple the recipe. Your guests will think you’re a genius in the kitchen.

4. Make these nourishing eggs even healthier by serving them alongside whatever bright and beautiful vegetables or fruits are in season. Steamed asparagus and fresh strawberries are about right for spring …and they won’t do much damage in the dishes department.

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Pretty Prosciutto and Spinach Egg Cups

A simple, elegant breakfast or brunch dish with just three core ingredients and very little clean up. Hold off adding salt until you've taken your first bite. Prosciutto is quite salty as it is, so your eggs may be sufficiently seasoned on their own.
Servings 3 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Butter or olive oil for greasing the pan
  • 6 thin slices prosciutto
  • 1 cup baby spinach or baby kale
  • 6 eggs, such as Safest Choice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives (optional)
  • Salt to taste (if needed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 6-cup muffin tin with butter or olive oil.
  2. Line each muffin cup with a slice of prosciutto, doing your best to cover the surface of the cup with the prosciutto so that it forms a little vessel to crack the egg into. Lay the spinach or kale leaves over the prosciutto.
  3. Crack an egg into each muffin cup and sprinkle the top with a crack of black pepper.
  4. Bake until the white is set but the yolk still runny, about 18 minutes, keeping in mind it will continue to cook a bit after it's out of the oven.
  5. Remove from oven and top each egg with a pinch of the optional chives. Let cool for 1 minute so the egg sets up enough to remove from the muffin tin.
  6. Use a narrow spatula or butter knife to carefully wedge each egg out of its muffin cup. Set on a plate and serve immediately. Taste and add salt if needed.

Comments

03.31.2014 at 9:17 AM #

Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño

These look so good! And easy….my favorite combination! 🙂

03.31.2014 at 9:17 AM #

katiemorford

Thanks Kate!

03.31.2014 at 12:20 PM #

Gaby

majorly loving these egg cups! and the salty prosciutto is such a brilliant addition!

03.31.2014 at 12:20 PM #

katiemorford

Hard to go wrong with salty prosciutto and good eggs. Thanks Gaby.

03.31.2014 at 1:46 PM #

Tracy

WOW!! These look so good and healthy! I love that you added greens into the mix and PROSCIUTTO!! Even better.

03.31.2014 at 1:46 PM #

katiemorford

Much appreciated, Shutterbean!

04.01.2014 at 10:03 AM #

erin @ yummy supper

Awesome. I’m game for eggs every which way.. especially with prosciutto. And no clean up…. that’s rad.
xoxo
E

04.01.2014 at 10:03 AM #

katiemorford

I’m still dreaming of the eggs-on-beans with smoked salt you did up for lunch 🙂

04.25.2014 at 9:17 AM #

LyndaS

Made these last night for the family and everybody loved them – even the non-prosciutto lover among us. So simple, so yummy and so visually appealing/impressive. Already passed the recipe along to my mom and will definitely be serving these again. Thank you!

04.25.2014 at 9:17 AM #

katiemorford

GREAT. So glad you liked them. I so appreciate the feedback.

01.20.2018 at 7:51 AM #

Debbie Jay

Made these this morning. Great taste and beautiful presentation!

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