I learned five things yesterday.

1. Having a cocktail after making a freakishly giant mess in the kitchen helps calm the stress of cleaning up AND makes it go faster… or just makes you forget how long it takes?

2. Making your husband a happy hour cocktail [a manjito?!] greatly decreases the chances of him helping you clean the freakishly giant mess in the kitchen and enormously increases the chances of him passing out on a chair in the family room while watching Hannah Montana. [<– Truth]

3. iChatting with loved ones in another state after a big cocktail (oops I know… I left out the part about how big it was in #1) is awesome. Then pointless because, really…  you don’t remember any of it.

4. We should absolutely start a Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey support group. You mean to tell me I’ve been going through this depression alone the entire time?

5. I actually enjoy baked eggs, though being previously skeeved out by the only-looks-complicated-but-is-soooo-simple breakfast dish. Plus side: toasty, buttered Talonica bread. Do this thing.

Geez. I learned a lot yesterday! My brain hurts.

All hangovers and unrealistic, dreamy 2002 relationships aside, these baked eggs are where it’s at.  Unlike J. Simps, I do know if it’s chicken or fish that’s coming out of the can. But that doesn’t mean I know how to bake eggs. I mean… eggs?!  Who wants to bake those? I bake cookies. I barely bake cakes unless they are of the cup variety. Eggs are something that we fry and scramble and make 8000 times more delicious by adding bacon grease. Sometimes we put them in burritos and other times we add them to rice. Baking them would make them gummy (Mother Lovett’s favorite word!) and rubbery and just… blah. Right? RIGHT?!

Well, I totally thought that and I was totally wrong. Mark this day down on your calendars folks because it’s not often that I admit my wrongdoings. Of course, that’s because I rarely have wrongdoings. Ha. Ha. Ha. Seriously though. Get out your pen and your Lisa Frank notebook. Write this recipe down! You will want to eat it. Literally.

Caprese Baked Egg Cups

makes 4 cups [2 x 3 1/2 in ramekins]

4 or 8 eggs (depending on if you want 1 or 2)

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

3-4 ounces mozzarella cheese, chopped (I used marinated mozz from Trader Joe’s, hence the seasoning)

8-10 fresh basil leaves

2 teaspoons cream or milk

salt and pepper

softened butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter each ramekin and fill with a few pieces of tomato, cheese and basil. Crack one or two eggs into each and season with salt and pepper, then add 1/2 teaspoon of cream to each egg to prevent them from drying [used this tip from Ina Garten]. Add a few tomatoes, cheese and basil on top and set on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-8 minutes, then turn on the broiler and bake for about 5 minutes more [this resulted in slightly firm yolks for me, broil less if you them runny]. Watch carefully to determine how runny/firm you want your yolks. Serve hot with toasted, crusty bread.

I want a mimosa.

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183 Responses to “Caprese Baked Egg Cups.”

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    Regan @ The Professional Palate — July 27, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    this post made my day

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    Stephanie Rose — July 27, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Oh so pretty! I just bought ramekins so ill have to give these a whirl.

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    Erin — July 27, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    I rarely bake cakes either. Cupcakes are so much cuter and I feel like I can eat more of them without guilt, where as eating two slices of cake seems like I’m a piggy. I love weird rationalizations!

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    Ali B — July 27, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Ha! Lisa Frank. Love it.

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    Michelle — July 27, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Looks freaking amazing. This is a perfect brunch dish. With a mimosa, of course! Photos are awesome.

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    Deb @ knitstamatic — July 27, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Baked eggs are perfect comfort food and yours look delicious! Love your composition as well!

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    Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life — July 27, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Ha! A cocktail makes everything better…especially if it’s a sizeable one! Yummy yummy recipe!

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    Ashley — July 27, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    WHY have I never done this??? You know I am egg obsessed, so this will be made SOON. Very soon! I have the basil, eggs, + tomato…I might just have to use white cheddar for now!

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    Kim in MD — July 27, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    The Barefoot Contessa has a baked egg recipe that I just love, but yours looks even more delicious (if that’s possible)! YUM-this looks amazing, Jessica! A “must try” recipe for sure!

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    Emily Marie — July 27, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Ugh, I need ramekins!!! I have everything I need for this recipe except for ramekins! I really want this for breakfast righthisveryminute! Looks absolutely delicious!

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    carly {carlyklock} — July 27, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Thank you for clarifying the date of Nick’s wedding for me yesterday – I guess I’ve just been waiting for that TV show of the wedding hoopla to start. (OBVIOUSLY it has to happen before they can film it and edit and air it. duh.)

    TRUTH: I looked for The Newlyweds on Netflix instant last night on the treadmill. I started The Hills instead. I’m doomed.

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    • Jessica — July 27th, 2011 @ 11:13 am

      That’s so weird because I almost made a Hill’s reference in todays post!

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    Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle — July 27, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Oh my gosh, so much to say…Where do I even begin? 1) Newlyweds was one of my favorite shows of all time and I harbored secret hopes they would get back together until Nick remarried. 2) The caprese baked egg cups look AMAZING. 3) We just got a Trader Joe’s here in KC so I can actually get the marinated mozzarella – yay!

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    • Jessica — July 27th, 2011 @ 11:12 am

      Ah! Enjoy TJ’s. :)

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    Courtney R — July 27, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    OMG. So many fantastic references in this one short post. J. Simps and her confusion about chicken or fish? Hilarious. The Lisa Frank notebook? Had one. Oh, the pretty, glittery colors!

    Also, this looks incredible. The End.

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — July 27, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    These are gorgeous!!! I can just imagine entertaining with these little beauties. Yum!

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    CouponClippingCook — July 27, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    I just love this! I’ve not heard of baked eggs before and these look so amazing. All of the ingredients sound so good together. I’m making this for sure.

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    Kacy — July 27, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    Sweet heavenly day. Anything with caprese makes my heart race, but in cute little ramekins? I die.

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — July 27, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    When I saw the title of this I wondered where you were going with it… LOVE this idea!

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    Jennifer - Somewhere In Between — July 27, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    I am SO on board with #4!!

    Not to mention, the eggs are swoon-worthy!

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    Leah @ Why Deprive? — July 27, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. You just combined all my favorite things into an adorable, delicious bundle. I can not wait to make this.

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    Jamie @ snacktress — July 27, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    Number 4 made me LOL.

    Those look delicious and lovely.

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    Everyday-Caroline — July 27, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I have shamelessly been obsessed with Jess and Nick every singe watching Newlyweds back in 2003. I’ve seen every single episode multiple times, their just the cutest little couple! Nick needs to say goodbye to Vanessa and patch this up with Jess. Agree?

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    • Jessica — July 27th, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

      Agreed!

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    Claire — July 27, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    Mmmm! Anything with caprese sounds delicious to me!

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    Pau — July 27, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    Yummmy! I was wondering, can you use another type of cheese besides mozzarella?

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    • Jessica — July 27th, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

      Yes definitely! Whatever you’d like.

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    Kate@Diethood — July 27, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, these cups must be amazing!

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    Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) — July 27, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Those would be so cute for a brunch! Love this idea!

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    Dee at Deelicious Sweets — July 27, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Love love this little dish! I also love that you used individual ramekins, so cute! I’ll join your support group for Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson :)

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    Jackie @ That Deep Breath — July 27, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    Where do you get your recipe ideas? This is brilliant!

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking? — July 27, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Wow, this looks wonderful. Great idea. I need to buy ramekins next. This looks like the perfect sunday morning breakfast.
    :-)

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    Lisa-Marie — July 27, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    Ok, I love baked eggs and I’ve NEVER had them with tomatoes in, so I’ll be doing this(and maybe having a Bloody Mary with it, matching flavours, you know?)! Also, beautiful food photography!

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    • Jessica — July 27th, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

      Thanks!

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    Karla — July 27, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    I absolutely love this idea! Well, I also love the cocktail idea but that’s beside the point.
    Great photos by the way!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — July 27, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I just got some new ramekins and I think I will baptize them with these eggs!

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    Kelly — July 27, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    When I saw the first image, I was unsure. By the time I saw the last, I was planning breakfast for this weekend! What a great recipe!

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    Krysten — July 27, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    Lisa Frank notebook! I am sure! Seriously laughing uncontrollably over here.

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    Christine — July 27, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    I CANNOT wait to try these!!! I might have to wuss out and wisk my eggs though, I’m not an over easy kind of gal ;-)

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    Kristin — July 27, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    I remember watching “Newlyweds” when I was in high school. That seems like so long ago now! Yes, I was one of the people who thought they’d last forever. However, in the end, I was on his side.

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    Deb — July 27, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    Thanks for posting an awesome recipe! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt and organic peppercorns from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I’ll have to try them out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    julia — July 27, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    Of COURSE cocktails induce learning. Isn’t that like, a known thing? Loving this recipe, we LOVE tomatoes, basil and mozzarella in our eggs!

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    Rachel @ the Avid Appetite — July 27, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    I am definitely making a giant version of this next time I host a brunch! Yum!

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    Laurie @SimplyScratch — July 27, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    HAAAA … Lisa Frank notebook… you are hilarious!

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    Lindsay @ The Gluten-Free Baker — July 27, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Those eggs look INCREDIBLE!!

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    Kris — July 27, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Oh GET OUT!!! I am SO making this…and pronto! LOVE caprese..in any form. LOVE cheese…in any form, love basil….love eggs!! I have chickens too and the eggs are might fresh and tasty, even without the bacon grease. CANNOT wait to make this. Maybe tonight. LOVE!!!
    Your post was hysterical!
    Kris

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    Laura @ prettylittlewords — July 27, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    Ahhhh these look AMAZING!

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    Mary @ Stylefyles — July 27, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    so this is heaven, right?

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    Amy-Nutrition by Nature — July 27, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Wow, that looks awesome. Great post!

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace — July 27, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    I have been dying to try baked eggs… I just haven’t had the motivation… Thanks for finally motivating me :)

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    Roxana GreenGirl — July 27, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    such a delicious way to start the day!

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    Amy @ A Little Nosh — July 27, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Those look beautiful and decadent. I want one now.

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    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel — July 27, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    beyond restaurant ready- these look fabulous!!!

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — July 27, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    Weekend breakfast here I come!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — July 27, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    Adorable and perfectly portioned. Gotta love it!

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