Prosciutto Egg Cups are a delicious, 4 ingredient, protein-filled breakfast that can be made in advance to save you on those busy mornings.
Update: This post was originally shared in January 2016. In January 2021 it was republished with new photos and an improved recipe.
Raise your hand if breakfast is a struggle. I know I should like breakfast, but I'm rarely hungry in the mornings and absolutely have no interest in cooking that early.
Of course, my entire childhood was lived during the "breakfast is the most important part of the day" spiel. Television commercials, the school nurse... Everyone was telling us not only how important it was to eat, but also what you ate mattered. Sigh.
Are you like me too? If so, I may have found the solution to our problems. These Prosciutto Egg Cups are super easy to make, only using 5 ingredients! They bake up in around 15 minutes and the egg provides a decent chunk of protein to keep you feeling full.
Oh, and the best part? You can make up a big batch in advance and then enjoy them throughout the week by popping them in the microwave for a few seconds.
What is prosciutto?
Prosciutto is a gift from the gods. Okay, not really, but it is one of my favorite foods to ever exist. Prosciutto is a dry-cured ham that is thinly sliced. So thinly sliced that you can almost see through the slices. As its dry-cured, it is a little bit salty.
I have been in love with prosciutto since I first had it at my aunt and uncle's house as a teenager. She served it chopped up on some honeydew melon slices as an appetizer. One bite and I was hooked for life.
Ingredients for prosciutto egg cups
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper
How to make this make-ahead breakfast
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Liberally spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
- Add a slice of prosciutto to each muffin cavity.
- Crack an egg on top of each prosciutto slice.
- Add a pinch of Italian seasoning and shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
How to get perfectly cooked eggs
I love that this recipe is adaptable based off how you like your eggs to be cooked. Just remember that if you are making this recipe in advance, you'll want your eggs slightly less cooked than you prefer to eat them, since they'll cook further when reheated in the microwave.
Soft boiled - Want a soft or runny center of your egg? Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Hard boiled - Want a firm or fully cooked center of your egg? Bake for 13-15 minutes.
- Use deli ham or another Italian meat instead of prosciutto
- Replace mozzarella cheese with colby, cheddar, pepperjack or your favorite
- Got fresh herbs? Use oregano, parsley, basil, dill, sage or whatever is growing in your garden instead of Italian seasoning
- No fresh herbs AND no Italian seasoning? Dried basil, oregano, parsley, marjoram or even poultry seasoning can be swapped in its place
Make Ahead? Here's how to store and reheat:
To Store: once prosciutto egg cups have cooled, store them in a container with a lid in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To Reheat: place prosciutto egg cups on a plate and cover with a paper towel or napkin. Then microwave for 30-60 seconds or until the egg is heated through. But, be careful! Eggs tend to pop in the microwave,so keep an eye on it!
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Prosciutto Egg Cups
- muffin pan
- 8 oz prosciutto trimmed of fat
- 12 large eggs
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Liberally spray a 12 cup muffin pan with non-stick spray.
- Place a piece of prosciutto into each muffin cup.
- Crack an egg into each muffin cup.
- Divide cheese on top of eggs. Sprinkle each with Italian seasoning.
- Bake 10-15 minutes. (10-13 minutes = soft boiled egg, 12-15 minutes = hard boiled egg)
- Use a spoon to remove the egg cups from the muffin pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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