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Hard “Boiled” Baked Eggs

Posted by terrepruitt on August 15, 2016

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Hard “Boiled” Baked Eggs:

As many eggs as you want (that is the beauty of this method, you can do as many as will fit on a towel in your oven)
a dish towel
a bowl big enough to hold ice, water, and ALL the eggs
ice
water
timer

If you are making hard boiled eggs for deviled eggs you might want to turn the eggs on their sides for at least 24 hours.  This helps center the yolk so you will have a nicely centered cavity to fill.

Preheat the oven to 325°.  Wet the dish towel, ring it out.  Then spread the towel out over the oven rack.  Place your eggs on the oven rack.  Allow for space between the eggs.  Then bake them for 30 minutes.  When the timer goes off, open the oven door and leave the eggs in there for 5 minutes.

Fill the bowl with ice and water.

You will notice the egg shells have spots on them.  I have not researched this and I don’t know why that happens, but don’t fear my husband said that you can’t really see them on the outside of the egg.  He said you have to actually look for the spots to even notice them.  He calls them “heat freckles”.

After the five minutes with the door open, VERY CAREFULLY gather up the corners and edges of the towel (using oven mitts if necessary) holding the eggs.  Then wet the towel and eggs.  Then rinse each egg and put it in the bowl filled with ice and water.  Let the eggs sit for 30 minutes.

Then dry off the eggs and store them.  Or eat them.  Or make them into deviled eggs.

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My husband took pictures of every step.  He wanted to show you how nicely these eggs peel.  He has had better results, as in easy to peel and quick to peel, with this method than his boiling method.  The results are better as are the number of easy to peel eggs.  Sometimes there is a difficult one or two, but for the most part they peel easy.

I believe he originally saw the wet towel method from Alton Brown.  But, as I said, my husband has been working to perfect the deviled egg and he has found that this method of making hard boiled eggs is the easiest because you can easily cook more than a dozen at a time.  And they peel really well.

Do you have preferred method to make hard boiled eggs?  Any tricks or tips?

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Muffin Tin Eggs

Posted by terrepruitt on July 25, 2016

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitI am sure you have seen these eggs baked in muffin tins on the internet, too, just like the Caprese Bites.  And just like that yummy appetizer I thought I could do this without looking at a recipe.  I mean, it seems so easy.  It is.  I am sure you can do it, too.  But sometimes it is nice to have tips and advise.  Experience from those who have come before.  I thought I would need an egg per muffin cup, but I did not.  I ended up making eight mini muffins and four regular sized muffins with 6 eggs.  So this really isn’t a recipe with actual amounts of things because that is up to you.  But it is an idea of things and some tips.

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Muffin Tin Eggs

6 eggs
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salt
pepper
other seasonings
cheese  (1/2 cup-ish, grated)
broccoli  (1 cup-ish)

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Clean the broccoli and rough cut it into bite sized pieces. Grate some cheese.

Crack your eggs into a bowl big enough for you to mix them and add a little milk.  Mix up the eggs and milk.  Add the salt and pepper to taste.  Any seasonings you would like.  I used garlic powder (of course).

If you are using metal muffin tins then you probably want to spray them with some cooking spray or put some oil or butter on them.  Whatever you would normally for muffins.  I used the silicon kind and they don’t need spray.

Place a few pieces of broccoli into each muffin cup.  Then add the grated cheese into the tin.  Then pour the eggs on top.  Only fill it about half way.

Place the muffin “tin” in the oven and let it cook for about 12 minutes.  Check the eggs.  Cook them to your liking.  Some people like “wet” eggs and others like them dry.  So you get to decide.

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As I said I made two different sized muffin tin eggs.  I imagine this would make at least eight regular sized muffins or twelve to sixteen mini ones.

These are like scrambled eggs except you don’t have to do all the work every morning.  You can make them on Sunday evening and then have a quick breakfast everyday all week.  They are also like scrambled eggs in that you can put whatever you want in them.  Whatever you would eat in a scramble put it in the tin.  Somethings you might want to or need to cook before putting them in the tin.  Meat would need to be cooked prior to putting in the tin for baking with the eggs.  And we all like our veggies done differently so you might even want to cook some before putting it in the tin to bake.

I want to use mushrooms next time.  I would cook them before putting them in the muffins.  What would you put in yours?

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Avocado Eggs Helpful Tips

Posted by terrepruitt on October 8, 2013

I have been making avocado eggs for my husband almost every weekend.  Sometimes BOTH days of the weekend.  Once I think I made them for him for dinner.  They are easy and he loves them.  So I really don’t mind.  I have not tried eating them, myself.  I am not a fan of avocados nor baked eggs.  But preparing them is easy, cooking them is easy, and clean up is easy.  What more could you ask for, right?  Since cooking them for my hubby, I have learned a few things that I thought I would share.  I shared what I have learned about Smashed Banana Eggs, I thought I would share about these too.  Hopefully these things will make it even easier for you to enjoy Avocado Eggs.

—Wash the avocado

First thing I do is I wash the avocado.  Normally I wouldn’t wash the outside of a fruit I am just going to peel off and throw away, but this one SITS in the egg, so I figure it would be nice if it were clean.  So I wash it.

—Oil the foil

At first I didn’t put anything on the foil and the egg whites stuck to it.  So now I oil it so the egg whites slide right off.

—Be sure to pick the correct way to cut the avocado

Find the two sides of the avocado that allow it to rest level.  Then slice it accordingly.  This helps with it staying level.  Doesn’t always ENSURE that it will be level once you slice it.  It also doesn’t ensure it will STAY level in the oven.

—Remove enough avocado from the skin

If you like egg whites/fried eggs, then the part of the egg that spills on the foil will be ok especially if you wash the avocado and don’t over cook the egg whites.  But you still want a good portion of the egg IN the avocado, so make sure you take enough out.  And “enough” is how much YOU decide.  But it is good to decide BEFORE you crack the egg into it.  🙂

—Remove eggs whites from oven when done cooking

I take the egg whites off the pan before the egg in the avocado is done cooking.  The egg whites that spill onto the foil get done cooking a lot faster than the eggs in the avocado so I just pick up the avocado with some tongs and scoop up the egg whites.  With the oil on the foil the egg whites just slide right off.  Taking them out of the oven before the rest is done ensure they don’t get over cooked and turn into rubber.

—Check the eggs while baking

Be sure to check the eggs while baking.  While the time is a great guide every egg and avocado is different.  I usually set the time for 7 minutes and check them then.  Often that is enough time for the egg whites on the foil to cook.

So that is what I have learned with the avocado eggs.  What can you add to help us out?

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Quick Easy Baked Avocado Breakfast

Posted by terrepruitt on June 25, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI had seen it on Facebook.  You’ve probably seen it too.  I am not sure who I saw originally post it.  But I bought avocados because I knew my husband would love it.  Then I had company for a week and didn’t make it.  Breakfast doesn’t happen for my hubby around here during the week.  I had been meaning to look up the recipe when another friend posted a picture of hers on Facebook.  She told me to bake them at 450° F for 10 to 12 minutes.  I bought small avocados thinking since he would be eating en entire avocado it would be better to eat a whole small avocado than a whole big one.  I didn’t think about it being too small for the large egg.  When I actually went to make these that is when I realized I should have bought the larger avocados.  I didn’t remember my friend saying anything about making more room for the egg so I looked up some info.  I found a lot of recipes on the web.  Just like me, when people see it, they do it then the post about it.  My friend topped hers with bacon.  Don’t tell my hubby because one of the GREAT things about this is that it is sooooo easy. Bacon would just add another component to complicate it and be messy.  Right now it is so quick and easy I can make it for him all the time!  He loved it so much I made it two days in a row!

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Here is what I did:

1 small avocado
2 eggs
salt and pepper

Turn on oven to 450° F.  Put some aluminum foil on a baking sheet.  Put the avocado on a flat surface and find the best resting sides.  I actually smashed it a little to make it flat on two sides so that it would sit level in the pan and not spill out so much egg.  Cut the avocado in half, take out the seed, make more room for the egg by scooping out some of the avocado.  Put the avocado on the foil on the pan.  Crack an egg and put it in the avocado half.  One egg per half.  Add salt and pepper.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Check it and see if it is how you like your eggs.  I cooked the first batch for 14 minutes.  The second day I cooked them longer (2 minutes) and the yolks weren’t runny.  So I am going to settle on 14 minutes.

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You can probably tell from the pictures that a lot of the egg white ended up on the foil the first time.  To me that is just as if it were a fried egg and hubby didn’t complain about eating it.  The first set of avocado eggs was served with pico de gallo.  We had some leftover so my hubby topped them with that.  You might also be able to see the plain lump of avocado on the plate.  That is the amount I scooped out from both halves.

The next set of avocado eggs, the next day, were just topped with scallions.  Also less egg white because I decided to have it for my breakfast.  Shhh . . . again, don’t tell my husband.  Some of this stuff really needs to remain between you and me. 😉

After he ate them we discussed topping them with cheese.  I am sure ONE of these days I will top them with bacon for him, but I am not doing to make that the norm.  As I said, this recipe is so easy I don’t want to complicate it with bacon.

As I have posted before avocados are soooooo good for you.  They have incredibly UNIQUE fat so I consider this a healthy breakfast.  Also considering it will not be made during the work week and more than likely not every weekend, it’s great.  The next time I make it, I might even taste it.

(October 08, 2013 . . . . I posted some things I have learned about making these at Avocado Eggs Helpful Tips)

Do you like avocados?  Is this your kinda breakfast?

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