Bacon, egg and toast cups

Oh, how I LOVE these cute bacon, egg and toast cups! What an ingenious idea – bacon, eggs and toast all wrapped up in a cute little muffin-sized package. Even better, these take next to no time to throw together so they are perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast, or a quick breakfast-for-dinner night. Growing up my absolute favorite breakfast was known in my family as an “eggy on toasty” (an over-easy fried egg on a piece of toast), even better when made by my sweet Grampa. These remind me so much of that favorite dish, and I hope that one day these will be a favorite breakfast of one of our kids. These bacon, egg and toast cups are much more ideal than regular fried eggs to serve a whole family because you can make so many at a time, rather than having to cook eggs in batches. Healthier Option: use multigrain bread and turkey bacon for a healthier twist.

INGREDIENTSBacon, egg and toast cups
6 slices of bacon, uncooked or precooked
6 slices of bread
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray large muffin pan with cooking spray. In a frying pan, cook bacon about 3-5 minutes, until partially cooked but not completely crispy (if using precooked bacon skip this step). Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Cut out circles (about 3 1/2 inches) in each piece of bread using a cookie cutter or a drinking glass turned upside down.

Press the bread rounds into the greased muffin wells. Curl a piece of bacon around the periphery of each piece of bread, positioning it between the bread and the muffin tin to help keep it in position. This can be a little tricky until you get the hang of it. Sprinkle a small amount of shredded cheese in the center of each piece of bread. Crack one egg over each piece of bread being careful not to break the yolks. You may not want to use all of the egg white. If you do you may need to adjust the cooking time to a little longer.

Once all the bread pieces have been topped with eggs, bake until eggs are cooked through to your liking (about 15 minutes for me) and bacon is crispy. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin well and pop the egg cups out. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve bacon, egg and toast cups immediately.

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