LCHF breakfast eggs
Over the last couple of years, while I’ve been interested in LCHF, Paleo and similar lifestyles, I have more than once come across the concept of an eggs and bacon breakfast made in the ovnen, muffin style. This weekend was going to be the test of the concept! Think about it – no bacon grease and smell (not entirely true, as it turned out!), no dirty skillets or pans (but a muffin pan!), and no problem keeping breakfast hot for a larger number of people. And the flexibility is fantastic as you can basically use whatever you have available – except for eggs and some sort of bacon, ham or similar to line the muffins.
I used my old muffin pan, greased it and lined it with bacon that I had cooked – but not crisped – in my microwave oven. The cooking of the bacon is not strictly necessary – you could use raw bacon – the end result will just have a slightly softer bacon. I used the microwave for 2 reasons: it is easier not to get the bacon too crisp and it contains the grease and smell. Just make sure not to cook it too long. Next time, I think I will try to make these with prosciutto, or even with cooked ham, to get some variation.
After lining with bacon, I cracked an egg into each lined muffin form. Added a little bit of salt and pepper and topped each muffin with feta cheese and a bit of shredded sharp cheddar. I can think of a number of delicious toppings – goat cheese is definitely on my list for topping to try!
I had heated my oven on convection to 350 degrees and gave the muffins approximately 15 minutes. Next time, I think I will settle for 12-13 minutes as I like the yolk a little softer.
The breakfast muffins came out extremely tasty – and I would never hesitate to make it for a crowd as it is easy to prepare a large batch that are all hot at the same time. Perfect for a family brunch, just add a little herbs or similar to make them look even more impressive.
On a personal note, I ended up throwing my muffin pan away. It was easy enough to get the muffins out but absolutely impossible to clean the pan. And that has been my experience with that pan ever since I got it! I am going to go with a high quality silicone muffin pan from now on.