A couple of months ago, the awesome peeps at Foodbuzz got together with the ever-so-wonderful folks at Eggland’s Best Eggs got together to offer us Tastemakers a chance to get creative with our free dozen of eggs for a chance to win a year’s supply of EB’s eggs. Naturally, I made sure to make the most of this and ended up submitting three of my egg recipes: The “Spanglish” Sandwich, The Ultimate Veggie Omelette, and my Baked Eggs with Tomatoes & Peppers. I’m not sure which one got their attention (though the baked eggs did end up being one of EgglandsBest.com’s featured recipes) but whichever one it was, I was stoked to know it made me one of the 10 winners of this awesome prize!
After a long, long wait, I finally received my prize last week (in the form of coupons not a giant crate of eggs, in case you’re wondering). I was all flustered at first because the idea of being able to make all sorts of egg recipes without having to worry about how to afford the next dozen was just too good to be true! I settled on a new baked egg variation and did what I always do to get some inspiration: I poked around my kitchen to see what else I could throw into my little ramekins. Ham – check! Asparagus spears – check! I was about to get cookin’ when I saw those two perfect tomatoes I still hadn’t sunk my teeth into. They were so perfectly shaped and round and large, that it seemed almost criminal not to use them as my “ramekins” this time. And so my tomato cups were born.
This combo is simple yet so very tasty, and the recipe is ridiculously easy to prepare. I used plain ol’ deli ham and some thawed asparagus spears from Trader Joe’s because the good fresh ones have gotten expensive again (meh). The only thing that will take some caution and care is removing the flesh & seeds from the inside of the tomato without ruining the outer part. The best way to do this is to cut just a very small part of the tomato top (resist cutting it in half as you’ll lose most of your cup’s shape this way) and scoop out the insides gently. Other than that and a little bit of chopping, this practically cooks itself! It’s another great way to enjoy eggs, and even with the way the skin “tears” with the heat of the oven (don’t worry, this is normal!) it’s made for a lovely & unique presentation, so it would be great to serve to guests for Sunday brunch. Served with some warm crusty bread to sop up the yolk & you have a fabulous little meal for very little moolah!