Wednesday, July 16, 2008

egg muffins

Recipe Favorites: Egg Muffins Revisited, Again

Egg Muffins(Updated January 2008) I was adding some posts to the Recipe Favorites section of my recipe archives and was shocked to notice I only had one recipe for favorite breakfasts. Since I'm currently doing phase one for a few weeks (due to too much holiday celebrating!) egg muffins are something I'll be cooking this weekend, and there's no doubt they're a recipe favorite. These little mini-frittatas don't contain any flour at all, and they're perfect for phase one. I've gone through a few versions to get the recipe just right, starting with a post about egg mufins back in April of 2005. Then I discovered the silicone muffin pans and did Egg Muffins Revisited in February of 2006, and revisited them again with some new thoughts in October of 2006. I've gotten better at making them and picked up a few tricks that I think you'll like.

I don't think of egg muffins as only for people who are eating the South Beach Diet way, although they're perfect for any phase of the diet. They're high in protein, gluten-free, and perfect to feed to kids. This is a great idea for breakfast for anyone who's busy in the morning and wants something that can be made ahead and eaten on-the-go.

Use silicone muffin tins, spray them with nonstick spray, and put them on a large cookie sheet to catch spills. The two ingredients I think are essential are cheese and green onions. Other than that, the varieties are endless. Put cheese, meat, or veggies in the muffin cups first, then pour in beaten eggs.

For me, two small muffins is the right amount for breakfast. No matter how many you eat, smaller ones reheat in the microwave more quickly, so they don't get overdone. I fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full.

When muffins are done, loosen them with a knife before popping them out of the silicone muffin pan. Here's how big they are when they're cooked.

Let the muffins cool for 15-20 minutes before you store them in the refrigerator or freezer.

Here's my favorite way to do it. As soon as the muffins have cooled, put two at a time into small plastic bags. Put the bags in the refrigerator or freezer. Then when you need a quick breakfast, open the bag, pop in the microwave for about 2 minutes, grab the bag and run out the door with a quick breakfast. (Thaw before reheating if you freeze them.)I confess, I eat them in the car on the way to school.

15 eggs (for silicone muffin pans, use 12 eggs for metal muffin tins. You can use less egg yolks and more egg white if you prefer.)
1-2 tsp. Spike Seasoning
1-2 cups grated low fat cheese (I like sharp cheddar or a blend of cheddar/Jack cheese, use less cheese if using meat)
Optional, but highly recommended, 3 green onions diced small.
Optional: chopped veggies such as blanched broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. (Using veggies will reduce the fat content)
Optional: diced Canadian bacon, lean ham, or crumbled cooked turkey sausage
Preheat oven to 375 F. Use regular or silicone muffin pan, 12 muffin size. If using silicone pan, spray with nonstick spray. If using regular muffin pan, put two paper liners into each slot, then spray liner with nonstick spray.

In the bottom of the muffin cups layer diced meat, if using, vegetables, if using, cheese and green onions. You want the muffin cups to be about 2/3 full, with just enough room to pour a little egg around the other ingredients. Break eggs into large measuring bowl with pour spout, add Spike, and beat well. (I used to add a bit of half and half or milk, but lately I like the way they turn out without it.) Pour egg into each muffin cup until it is 3/4 full. I like to stir slightly with a fork. Bake 25-35 minutes until muffins have risen and are slightly browned and set.

Muffins will keep at least a week in the refrigerator without freezing. Egg muffins can be frozen and reheated. For best results, thaw in refrigerator before reheating. Microwave on high about 2 minutes to reheat.


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