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!
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.
Next I drop the dough circles into a muffin pan and prick the bottoms with a fork.
Two tablespoons of diced ham goes into each muffin cup...
...then I pour the eggs in and top each mini pie with shredded cheddar cheese.
Into the oven they go for about 30 minutes until the eggs are perfectly set and the crust is lightly browned.
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 & Cheese Mini Breakfast Pies
15 ounce box refrigerated pie crust
1 1/2 cups ham, diced
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!
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