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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Hey again! It's Liz from Love Grows Wild, and I'm back to share a delicious and fun breakfast idea with you! School just started for us, and with one kid in second grade and the other in preschool, mornings around here can get kind of hectic! As much as I would love to cook a big, full breakfast for them every morning, time just doesn't allow. This recipe combines all the components of a delicious, hearty breakfast in a cute little pie crust that can be baked ahead, frozen, and re-heated when needed! 

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff

I first tried this recipe from a magazine (which now I can't find the name of), and it had healthier options for all the ingredients. Egg whites, skim milk, vegetarian sausage, and a variety of strange vegetables. Now 90% of the time I'm all for eating healthy, but there are just some recipes that are best left the way God intended them... Delicious and satisfying! So I re-created the recipe my way, with a classic ham and cheddar cheese combination that I knew not only me, but my whole family would love! No weird vegetables... I promise : )

I start with refrigerated pie crust from the grocery store. Feel free to make your own crust, but I like the convenience of buying it ready to go! I cut 12 circles out of the dough using a sharp knife and a coffee mug to measure around. You'll probably only get 5 circles to fit on each crust, so gather the dough scraps and roll them out to cut your last two circles. 

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Next I drop the dough circles into a muffin pan and prick the bottoms with a fork. 

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Two tablespoons of diced ham goes into each muffin cup...

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff

...then I pour the eggs in and top each mini pie with shredded cheddar cheese. 

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Into the oven they go for about 30 minutes until the eggs are perfectly set and the crust is lightly browned. 

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff

My kids go crazy over these cute little pies, and I do too! They taste just like a ham and cheese omelet wrapped in a sweet, flaky crust! I like to bake big batches of these pies ahead of time and store them in the freezer. I just wrap them individually and pop them into the microwave whenever we need a fast breakfast. They're great on-the-go too! Did you sleep through your alarm? Grab one of these yummy pies before you head out the door, and you won't miss out on a good start to your morning! 

Ham and Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies by LoveGrowsWild.com for Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Ham & Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies
15 ounce box refrigerated pie crust
1 1/2 cups ham, diced
8 eggs
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Use a 4" round bowl or cup (I use a coffee mug) to measure 12 circles on the pie crust (6 circles on each crust), and cut them out with a sharp knife. Press the circles into the muffin pan, and prick the dough on the bottom of the cups with a fork. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper and set aside. Add about 2 tablespoons of the diced ham to each muffin cup. Carefully pour the egg mixture into the cups until almost full. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of each cup and bake pies for about 30 minutes or until the eggs are set and the crust is golden. Let pies cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes and serve warm.

* Freeze baked pies for a quick and healthy breakfast all week long!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I'd love for you to come visit me at Love Grows Wild!

Liz Fourez of Love Grows Wild

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17 comments:

  1. Oh wow!! Such a great recipe! I found it on Google+, and can't wait to try it...

    Whitney
    www.whitneyjdecor.com

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  2. This looks great, Liz. I'm always looking for easy and freezable breakfast recipes. I can't wait to try these!

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  3. Oh My! These would be PERFECT to warm up, put into a nice warm place to tote along to Balloon Fiesta Park in October!! Now, although & DO love me a breakfast burrito on these cool morns, watching hundreds of balloons inflating & leaving the ground BUT they are NO BUENO for my waistline so this incredible little ham/egg white/cheese bite is going to just Make MY Day!!!! Thanks for this, it will surely be used mucho 'round these parts!!! kweenbee_612@yahoo.com

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  4. I am so going to do this. What a great idea.

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  5. I love the make ahead idea and I will definitely be trying this one. I need to know if there are any reheating instructions you could offer? or anyone who has tried reheating? Meaning is it better to defrost for a minute then reheat on high? Any specific times? I know I sound like a ditz, but please help. Thanks!

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  6. If I were to make this with bacon rather than ham would you suggest cooking the bacon before hand or do you think it would cook thoroughly in the oven?

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    1. You definitely need to cook the bacon before putting this in the oven.

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  7. I am going to make some of these for my boys! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I cook breakfast for our church and have to serve 30 people. Manipulating flavors here makes it an easy crowd pleaser. Thanks for the idea.

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  9. I can't wait to try these. I have both my kids in school this year and I've SOOO slacked off on breakfast this summer. They would love a change from cereal.

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  10. What you choose to eat for breakfast makes a big difference for your health. A variety of fruits can bring you near the minimum number of five daily fruit and vegetable servings recommended for lower cancer risk and leas leads to healthy life. These Images Looks amazing: )

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  11. This looks fantastic! We are making it this morning. Thank you so much :)

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  12. Added fresh spinach to these and my whole family loved them! Thanks.

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  13. Made these this morning! Not it my top 10, but it was fun making them. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Question-- does it make a difference if you blind bake the crust beforehand? I'd like the bottoms to be crusty-like not mushy. Will also incorporate some sautéed onions in these. I am making for a teacher appreciation pot luck next week.

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  15. These are perfect breakfast treats. I want all of them now!

    Penelope
    Maids of Wall New Jersey

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Sumo:)