Bacon, Egg, Cheese, and Toast Cups

I’ve had this recipe laying out for weeks, just waiting to get time so that I could make it for Zack.

We finally got to be home together for breakfast last weekend and I seized the opportunity to make him some of these cups!

I have such a thing for cute little packaged foods like this.  My muffin pan rarely gets used for actual muffins or cupcakes – it’s always food that you wouldn’t normally make in muffin form.

FYI – the yellow on top of the cups is cheese, not the yolk.  I didn’t look at the pictures and notice that it looked like a disgusting busted egg yolk until after Zack had eaten them.  Oh well, you get the point.

I really enjoyed making these, because I rarely get to make breakfast.  As I said before, Zack and I are barely ever home for breakfast together.  He works Tuesday-Saturday mornings from like 4 am until 10 am and I work/go to school Monday-Thursday all day.  Sunday is our one breakfast together morning and I savor it.

Enjoy this recipe, it’s fun and your family will thank you.

Bacon, Egg, Cheese, and Toast Cups

Makes 6 cups.

– 3 T butter, melted

– 8 slices whole wheat sandwich bread

– 6 slices bacon

– 6 large eggs

– coarse salt and ground pepper

– cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly butter 6 standard muffin cups.  With a rolling pin, flatten bread slices slightly and with a 4 1/4-inch cookie cutter, cut into 8 rounds.  Cut each round in half, then press 2 halves into each muffin cup, overlapping slightly and making sure bread comes up to the edge of the cup.  Use extra bread to patch any gaps.  Brush bread with remaining butter.

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium, until almost crisp, 4 minutes, flipping once.  It will continue to cook in the oven.  Lay one bacon slice in each bread cup and crack an egg over each.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bake 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese and put back in the oven for 5-10 more minutes or until egg whites are just set.  Run a small knife around cups to loosen toasts.  Serve immediately.

Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

Before you think, “oh my gosh, Jenn is eating beef?!”  I did not eat these.  I just made them for Zack and his brothers.  Do not fear, I am still the same poultry-only gal that I’ve always been.

With that being said, Zack is such a good sport.  He puts up with me only cooking poultry dishes (and even enjoys them…most of the time!), but he is still a beef-eater at heart.  Cheeseburgers are one of his all-time favorite foods.

I’d been wanting to make him some cheeseburgers for a long time, but couldn’t justify buying a thing of beef for just one person.  One day, I finally relented and bought a pound of ground beef and low-and-behold, the next day we found out we would be having dinner with his brothers (also avid beef-ers).

I excitedly whipped out this recipe and started getting everything ready to make it.

I have to admit, with all the cheesy goodness and added spices, it does look like a good burger.  I bet this recipe would work well with turkey burgers, too.

The boys really liked the burgers…and I will take their word for it.  I still have no desire to try beef, no matter how pretty it looks.

Did I forget to mention that there is also BACON inside this burger? Yes, this is a manly-man sandwich.

Not bad for a girl who’s never cooked with beef before, huh? 🙂

Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers

Yield: 4 hamburgers

– 1 lb ground beef

– 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

– 1 tablespoon steak seasoning

– 1 tablespoon dried parsley

– 1/2 teaspoon paprika

– 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

– 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

– 4 slices bacon, halved and crisply cooked

– 2 slices cheddar cheese, quartered

– salt and pepper to taste

– 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

In a bowl, mix beef, garlic, seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce just until combined.  Form into 8 thin burgers.  Top each of 4 burgers with 2 pieces of bacon and 2 slices of cheese.  add another burger and seal edges.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill burgers over medium heat to desired doneness.

Serve burgers on buns, garnish as desired.

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Once again, my love of grilling comes into play.  I don’t eat pork or beef, but Zack loved these! I tried just the shrimp part and they were yummy.

I think these would be good for a picnic/barbecue.  Plus, food on skewers is not only cute, but also fun to make!

BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

1 lb. bacon, thin center-cut style

2 tsp sweet paprika

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp curry powder

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground coriander

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1½ lbs large shrimp (20-25 count), shelled, deveined, tails left on or off (your preference)

1. Cut the slices of bacon in half. In a large heavy skillet, partially cook the bacon over moderate heat to render some of the fat without allowing the pieces to crisp. Remove the slices as they are done and drain on paper towels. They will still be flobby and look unappetizing. They need to be soft so you can wrap them around the shrimp, and you will finish cooking them on the grill.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the paprika, cayenne, curry powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Stir in the olive oil, sugar and lemon juice. Add the shrimp and partially cooked bacon and toss well to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, warm your grill. Remove shrimp from marinade, reserving for later use. Wrap a half slice of bacon around each shrimp and thread on a skewer. Overlap the ends of the bacon on the tummy of the shrimp, poking the skewer through that point and out through the back. You can also use a toothpick to individually secure the bacon.

4. Place the skewers on a sheet pan covered with aluminum foil and drizzle the remainder of the marinade over the shrimp.

5. Brush your grill rack with a little oil. Grill the skewers for about 5 minutes, or until bacon begins to crisp. Turn skewers over and grill until bacon is browner, and shrimp is opaque throughout. Serve hot or warm.