I've mentioned before that our family eats a LOT of eggs... And why not? Baked, scrambled or hard boiled, they taste great, and they're good for you!
If one of your New Year's resolutions is eating healthier in 2014, fresh, all-natural eggs can certainly help you achieve that goal. Packed with 15 essential vitamins, including vitamins A, D and B-12, one egg has more than 6 grams of high-quality protein and antioxidants, all for just 70 calories.
This high-quality protein helps build muscle and allows people to feel fuller longer, while staying energized -- which is why America's egg farmers have teamed up with the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign to provide eggs to local food banks. For each pledge to help fight childhood hunger made via the Good Egg Project, the American Egg Board will donate one egg to local food banks!
I hope you'll take a minute to take the pledge. I promise it takes less than 30 seconds to fill out the simple form!
I typically make a dozen hard boiled eggs a week using my baked hard boiled eggs method. They're perfect for a quick snacks or for beefing up a salad. But for breakfasts and brunches, my go-to method are these basic oven baked eggs!
Also known as shirred eggs, baked eggs are a fantastic way to cook multiple servings of eggs all at once, leaving you free to man the waffle iron or toaster without distraction.
Simply butter a ramekin for each serving that you'd like to prepare, and then crack an egg into each one, being careful not to break the yolk. Spoon about a half tablespoon of milk or half and half over each, and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake at 325 degrees until the whites are set and the yolks are beginning to thicken but aren't hard, about 12-14 minutes. Keep in mind that they will continue to cook after being removed from the oven.
How easy is that? This baked eggs method has shaved precious minutes off getting breakfast or brunch on the table for my family, and I appreciate every last one of them.
Baked Eggs Topping Ideas
While we often just eat our baked eggs as is, you could top them with any of the following either before or after cooking:
- sour cream
- shredded cheese
- precooked meats -- chopped ham, crumbled bacon, chopped prosciutto, etc.
- minced fresh herbs -- chives, rosemary, basil, etc.
- toasted bread crumbs
- chopped fresh tomato
- chopped spinach
Really the choices are endless... How will you top your baked eggs?
This post is brought to you by the American Egg Board. All opinions are 100% mine.