Everyone has their own Christmas morning traditions. For my family, we like to have a nice breakfast after opening gifts. We get in the kitchen together, throw on some Christmas music, and enjoy the morning cooking and dancing around in our pajamas together.
This dish is something great to cook on Christmas morning with your family. It has several working parts, and shouldn't scare you off if you want to whip it up on your own, but could be very fun to delegate different roles to your helpers.
So, give these a try. I'm calling them Breakfast Egg Tarts. I realize tart may not be the right word - but I don't care. Here they are.
Breakfast Egg Tarts
If you are a cook like me, then one of your favorite things about making a dish is making it look beautiful. If you like to arrange things, and don't mind really getting in there and being precise, then this will be no trouble for you at all.
Let's dive in.
Here's what you need:
- Bacon - one slice for each tart you plan to make, larger muffin tins may require two slices per tart
- Eggs - one per tart
- Bread - any kind
- Sautéed mushrooms - or the vegetable(s) of your choice
- Nonstick cooking spray
Begin by preheating your oven to 400. I cooked my bacon in the oven while sautéing my mushrooms. After the oven is hot, lay your bacon flat on a foiled baking dish. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. The bacon does not need to be fully cooked, just a bit. You still want to be able to mold the bacon into rings in your muffin tin. Remove as much grease from the bacon as possible.
After your bacon is semi-cooked and your mushrooms are ready, it is time to start assembling your tarts.
Using a glass or cookie cutter, cut your bread into rings roughly the size of the base of your muffin tin. After thoroughly coating your tin in nonstick spray, place a circle of bread in the bottom of each muffin round.
Next, line each round in a slice of bacon. Make sure the bacon makes a complete, closed ring. Add your mushrooms, followed by your egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the tarts in the oven, and keep and eye on them. It is very easy to burn your bacon - and no one wants that.
I suggest starting by setting a timer for 10 minutes. Your tarts might be done - but, if your eggs or bacon don't seem to be cooked to your liking, let them stay in the oven for 2 more minutes. I suggest checking the tarts every 2 minutes after the first 10. I like for the yolk to remain runny. Just like an awesome poached egg - if these are properly cooked, the yolk will bust when cut.
After your tarts are removed from the oven, sprinkle them with a little dried thyme. Using a fork or knife, the tarts should be easy to remove from the muffin tin.
There you have it! A complete breakfast in one little tart.
Visions of breakfast tarts dancing in my head.
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