If You Aren't Serving Prosciutto Egg Cups To Your Guests, You're Hosting Brunch Wrong

This simple two-ingredient recipe manages to be both impressive and delicious.

prosciutto egg cups

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

There’s a lot to love about brunch: You’re surrounded by people you enjoy spending time with, eating an array of sweet and savory dishes (because, let’s face it, anything goes for this in-between meal time). There’s usually some delicious cocktails or Champagne to indulge in, and you’re not quickly scarfing down food because brunch is inherently leisurely—it’s usually on a weekend and not too early or too late in the day for anyone to feel rushed by other obligations. 

There is, however, one stressor when it comes to serving up the perfect brunch: figuring out how to serve a hot egg dish that won’t keep you trapped in the kitchen playing the tedious role of short-order cook. While the solution to this has long been some version of an egg casserole, quiche, or frittata, there’s another option you may have overlooked: baked prosciutto egg cups.

In fact, it’s now the only way I roll when I find myself in the hostess role of a brunch with my family or friends. I find this brunch staple so much more relaxing because I can prep this dish ahead of time and then simply pop it in the oven to cook unsupervised a mere 10 to 15 minutes before my guests are ready to sit down and eat.

The prep work is easy, the cook time is quick, the clean-up is even a breeze. And the best part? My guests are treated to a piping hot egg dish that’s pre-portioned for easy serving. 

prosciutto egg cups

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Line each tin of a muffin pan with a slice of prosciutto so that it will form a cup to hold the rest of the ingredients. (This may require you to patch a few holes so that the bottom and sides of each cup are covered).

Next, crack one egg into each cup, and season with cracked black pepper and salt to taste. Bake at 425°F for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how set you like your eggs. Garnish with some chopped chives for a pop or color.

Feel free to get creative with some additional ingredients if you want to add more flavor or color. For example, adding a spoonful of sautéed spinach or bell peppers before dropping the egg can really amp things up. Onions and garlic can, too. The sky’s the limit and you can tailor your fixin's to your guests’ palettes or a seasonal theme.

No matter if you stick with the traditional version or add your own touches, your guests will rave about the star of their brunch plate (and probably ask for the recipe).

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