The kids decided that we're now having breakfast for dinner one night a week. This suits me just fine because I love breakfast – and I have loads of breakfast recipes to try out!
Plus, the recipe is kid-friendly; I just swapped out some of the sunny side up eggs for scrambled – and everyone was happy. These Eggs in Baskets are nice and filling, and are perfect for brunch, or…breakfast for dinner!
EGGS IN BASKETS
* 3 large russet potatoes, peeled
* 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
* Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
* 7 slices bacon (Sunny uses prosciutto)
* 2 tablespoons maple syrup
* 6 eggs
* 3 slices of American cheese, cut in half (Sunny uses 3/4 cup shredded provolone)
* Jumbo-sized 6-cup muffin pan
Step 1: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 2: In a food processor fitted with the grater attachment, push chunks of the potato through the chute to grate. Once all the potatoes are grated, put them into a piece of cheesecloth, or a clean kitchen towel, and squeeze to remove the moisture.
Step 3: Add the potatoes to a large bowl, stir in the melted butter and season well with salt and pepper, to taste. Spray the muffin tin lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Press the grated potatoes evenly into the muffin cups being sure the potatoes go up the sides and a thin layer and covers the bottom. Bake until the top edges turn light golden brown and the potatoes are cooked through, about 35 to 40 minutes.
Step 4: Meanwhile, in a frying pan, cook up the bacon until crispy and chop into small pieces. Add bacon to a small bowl, and toss together with maple syrup and a few grinds of freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
Step 5: Remove the potatoes from the oven and gently crack an egg into each cup. Bake until the egg whites set, but the yolk remains runny, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Step 5 1/2: If you have kids that do not like sunny side up eggs, make some scrambled eggs to place into the cups – but don’t add the scrambled eggs to the cups until Step 6 – or they'll dry out.
Step 6: Remove from the oven and set the oven to broil. Top the eggs with grated cheese and maple bacon. Broil until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
Step 7: Serve immediately.