Bacon eggs and cheese muffins

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The last thing I was expecting was seeing bacon muffins offered as a “healthy option packed with protein”. Specially, when I classified them as totally unhealthy, but worthwhile the risk about 3 years ago. Well, it is gluten free, after all…  In any case, an excellent make ahead dish for brunch, lunch or keep the beasts lovely colleagues happy, motivated or blissfully unaware of the sky falling down their heads challenges.

 Bacon eggs and cheese muffins (adapted from Our Nourishing Groots)

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 350g of bacon, chopped and cooked
  • 180g of Gruyere (or other sharp)  cheese, shredded
  • A pinch of dried basil and oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 80g 0f Parmesan cheese

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 175oC

2.  Heat a large flat frying pan until is piping hot. Lay out the chopped bacon strips so that they are not overlapping but generally fill the pan. Cook the bacon on its own grease. When they are translucent, remove them from the heat and reserve.

3. In the meanwhile, stir together the 12 eggs whole eggs.  Add the cooked bacon and the grated Gruyere cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add the oregano and shredded basil.

4. Line the muffin tray with paper liners. Ladle the muffin mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

5. Bake for 25 minutes, or until puffy and slightly browned on top. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes on a wire cooling rack. Loosen the paper cups with a butter knife and lift out of the muffin pan.

6.Serve immediately while still warm, or let cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Red onion, cheese and bacon muffins

A totally unhealthy but delicious muffin… Definitely calories worthwhile ingesting. Better if eaten with wine or beer, and a little side salad.

The original recipe was found on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall‘s column in The Guardian. As you usual, I had to do a couple of tweaks. If you are novice to muffin baking, just follow his advice. You cannot go wrong…

Red onion, cheese and bacon muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 100g streaky bacon, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 250g flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 80g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 yogurt (the original recipe called for 200ml buttermilk)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives (optional)
  • 150g gruyere (original recipe called for a strong cheddar)

 Method

Heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6 and line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases.

Warm the oil over a medium heat and fry the bacon in it until just crisp. Lift the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. In the same fat, sauté the onion until just softened, about five minutes, then set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. In a jug, whisk the eggs, butter and buttermilk, stir them into the flour mixture with a spatula until just combined, then fold in the cooled bacon, onion, chives, if using, and two-thirds of the cheese until just evenly distributed.

Spoon or scoop the mixture into the muffin tin, sprinkle on the rest of the cheese, and bake for about 18 minutes, until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.