Ham and Egg Cups have only 6 ingredients, including salt and pepper! This is the perfect low stress gluten free brunch recipe or recipe for Easter brunch.
You guys, these ham and egg cups are so simple, but so beautiful. It's the perfect gluten free brunch recipe to serve to guests because it takes no time to put together, but looks super impressive.
Literally all you do is layer some high quality ham in a muffin tin and crack an egg in. Season with a little salt and pepper, bake until the eggs are as done as you like them and that's it!
Brunch is one of my favorite meals to host. I'm all about recipes that are either super simple like this one, or can be totally prepped ahead. Make sure to read my best brunch tips below!
Ham and Egg Cups
- 1 small bunch green onions
- olive oil
- 1/4 # deli ham*
- 4 eggs (omega-3)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Chop 1 small bunch green onions for ~3T.
- Grease a muffin pan w/ olive oil.
- Place 1 slice of ham into a muffin tin creating a cup to hold the egg (1 slice per tin).
- Crack one egg into each ham cup. Sprinkle w/ S&P to taste.
- Repeat for 4 total egg cups.
- Bake in oven for ~18 mins or until yolks have reached desired texture.
- Allow to cool slightly & use a knife or spatula to release eggs from muffin tin.
- Sprinkle chopped green onions on top.
What is the nutrition like in these Ham and Egg Cups?
These Ham and Egg Cups are packed with protein, along with these nutritional benefits:
- Green Onions: Did you know that the humble onion is actually packed with antioxidants? Onions also have vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate and potassium.
- Pork: Pork provides substantial amounts of thiamine, selenium, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, iron and, of course, protein.
- Eggs: An egg contains 7 grams of protein and is full of lutein (good for your eyes) and choline (good for your brain). Omega-3 and pastured eggs provide even more nutrition than conventional and are a great choice if they fit in your budget.
How do I know when the eggs are done?
Do you like your egg yolks runny, completely set, or somewhere in between?
This is really what will determine exactly how long you bake your ham and egg cups. If you're worried about food safety though, look for completely set egg whites. It's okay if the yolk is a bit runny, but the whites shouldn't be. If you're more comfortable checking the internal temperature, aim for 160 F.
Are these prep-ahead ham and egg cups?
Yes! You can totally prep these ham and egg cups ahead.
If you're planning to use these for weekday breakfasts, make the whole recipe ahead of time. To reheat, warm in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350 F or in the microwave for 30 seconds.
If you're making ham and egg cups as part of a brunch spread and want to make them fresh, wash and chop the green onions ahead of time. The recipe involves so little hands-on time, you can easily pop them in the oven while you're making pancakes.
What are some variations on this baked eggs dish?
As always, feel free to make this your own!
One of the best ways to experiment is by adding toppings. If you eat dairy, try sprinkling on a bit of your favorite cheese before putting in the oven. You could also sprinkle with diced tomatoes or bell peppers before or after baking.
Have fun but don't be afraid to keep it simple – this one is so good all on its own!
What are some other gluten free brunch recipes & Tips?
I love a good brunch. Whether I'm cooking for my immediate family or hosting a big group, there's something festive and a bit elegant about brunch.
There are a few things I always consider when planning a brunch menu. The first is dietary needs and restrictions.
If I don't know what everyone in the group eats, I opt for a “build your own” situation. For example, I might have a breakfast taco station with eggs, bacon and a variety of vegetables. This way, one person can build a vegetarian taco while another creates a Keto-friendly egg dish, omitting the tortilla.
Next, of course, I think about prepping ahead! At this point, I've mastered the art of crafting prep-ahead brunch recipes that still taste totally fresh. One of my favorite tips? Bake muffins ahead of time, but reheat for a few minutes in the oven right before brunch! This makes them taste warm and fresh and also makes the house smell amazing.
For more tips, check out my Meal Prep Monday episode all about prep-ahead brunch recipes and my video about how to pull off a prep ahead brunch! We also have prep ahead brunch meal plans for small, medium and large crowds in our Breakfast Bundle!
Here are a few of my favorite gluten free brunch recipes, sure to impress, but totally low stress for you:
Chai Spiced Zucchini Muffins
These are a favorite with both our subscribers and their kids. The cardamom, ginger and cloves gives them a deep, spicy flavor you won't be able to get enough of.
Bonus? With zucchini, apple sauce and almond butter inside, they're super healthy!
Healthy Breakfast Sandwiches
If you're serving a smaller group for brunch, these egg sandwiches make an impressive addition to the spread. You can make the english muffins ahead of time, but make the eggs right before brunch. If you have everything else prepped ahead, this one last minute step is totally manageable!
To make it even easier, make sure you have a griddle so you can easily fry up a bunch of eggs at once.
I also recommend letting everyone build their own breakfast sandwich. Some can top with cheese, others can pile on the bacon and others can add tomato and avocado for a lighter variation.
Oatmeal is another one where it's fun to set out toppings and let people make their own creations. Choose a variety of nuts and fruit and let people get creative! If you choose no-chop fruits like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, your life will be easier 🙂
My Paleo oatmeal is totally grain free but you can always include a more traditional oatmeal as well if you like.
If you'd like to see a video demo for the recipe, check it out here!
Strawberry Smoothie with Mint
Serving a fun drink like a smoothie is always nice at a brunch and it's the kind of thing it's easy to make a big batch of. The fresh mint in this one really elevates it and makes it something special. Chop your mint and make sure your dates are pitted ahead of time and this comes together in just a couple of minutes.
Sweet Potato Frittata
Frittatas are one of my personal favorite breakfasts. They're a great way to get in a mix of protein and veggies first thing in the morning. The best part? You can make them ahead and freeze them! They reheat very well.
Eggs Baked in Avocado
If you're looking for another baked eggs dish, this one is also beautiful! If you have a mix of vegetarians and meat eaters, it would be fun to bake these alongside the ham and egg cups to offer a choice.