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Egg Muffin Cups with Ham

Egg muffin cups with ham are the kind of breakfast you need to keep running all day. Fueling your body beyond the sugar crash of cereal or pop tarts they even freeze well for breakfast you can warm and go!

Low Carb | Freezer Friendly | Gluten Free

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You’re yawning in your chair at work. It’s 10 a.m. and the wall you just hit is real. Why are you desperate enough to start another pot of scorched coffee in the break room?

It may have everything to do with the muffin you ate for breakfast.

Empty calorie sugary breakfasts like donuts, pop tarts and cereal cause blood sugar swings that make you munchie, lethargic and sleepy and it sets the pace for your body’s performance all day long.

Breakfast matters!

You need to go all day.

Think clearly.

Push ahead.

And so do your kids.

That’s why these grab and go egg muffin cups are perfect for making that happen without a mess or rush.

Make them ahead and freeze them–then quickly warm one or two in the microwave or oven for busy mornings.

We also love sausage cheese balls for this, but when you need a bit fewer carbs, these are just right.

Tips for the best baked ham and egg cups

  • Feel free to use whatever ham you like. Something a little thicker will hold together better here. A slice of country ham or leftover spiral ham is awesome as well.
  • Add vegetables that your family enjoys. Fresh herbs would also be delicious in here. If you have pre-cooked vegetables left over from dinner the night before, like broccoli, or maybe peppers and onions, toss them in!
  • This recipe calls for 8 eggs to make 12 full-size cups. That’s a little bit give or take so it wouldn’t hurt to have an extra egg laying around in case you run short.
  • Use any cheese you enjoy, or none at all. We like things spicy, so pepper jack or some ghost pepper cheese is amazing here…just go wild…because if you’re like me, you’re W-I-L-D.  Like paint drying wild.

I’m using Old Bay Seasoning in these. It’s a seafood seasoning usually added to crab boils. Unless you’re in the south or in a coastal area you may have trouble finding it. You can make your own Old Bay or buy it on Amazon:

How to make egg muffin cups with ham step by step

Should I use muffin liners?

They aren’t necessary here. The ham will release some fat and should keep things from sticking. If your eggs run out and come in contact with the pan, just run a sharp knife around them to loosen them.

How to freeze and reheat egg muffins

To freeze your egg muffins, lay them on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once they are solid, transfer them to an air tight container for up to 3 months.

To reheat, microwave on defrost 1 minute, then cook in 30 second bursts until hot throughout–about 1 minute for me but all microwaves are different.

a close up of baked egg muffins in a tin
A 12 cup muffin tin with baked egg muffin cups.

Egg Muffin Cups with Ham (Low Carb)

Make your breakfast better than a muffin or pop tart and make something filling–great to make ahead and warm up on your way out the door. 
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 157kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard

Ingredients

  • 12 slices ham of your choice I tested with leftover spiral sliced, but any ham will work. 12 slices is about 1 pound.
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion or green onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 of a red or green bell pepper finely chopped
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350.
  • Spray muffin tin with cooking spray
  • Line each muffin tin with one slice of ham, curling it to fit, and leaving some ham hanging out over the edges. It will shrink as it cooks.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of cheese to each muffin tin (just eyeball it)
  • In a medium bowl beat the eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, pepper, Old Bay, parsley and stir in the vegetables (or just divide them over the cheese before pouring on the eggs).
  • Pour the egg mixture into each ham cup until it’s about 3/4 full.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes until eggs are puffed and just set. If the edges of your ham starts to get too dark, you can lightly cover them with some foil for the last half of the baking time.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.

Notes

 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
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Melanie

Monday 7th of December 2020

These were so good. I love the addition of Old Bay seasoning, they give that extra 'umph' that I can't really explain... but they were super delicious. I used the leftover ham I had from Thanksgiving.... Great recipe, thank you!

Rachel Ballard

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Thanks Melanie!

Rachel Ballard

Thursday 16th of February 2017

These make a great breakfast!

gina

Thursday 10th of December 2015

what type of deli ham tastes best?

Rachel Ballard

Thursday 10th of December 2015

Hey Gina, any ham will do but I like Virginia bran ham the best but black forest or honey is great too.

Kelly Devenport

Friday 5th of December 2014

Making them now. I am type 2 - so I am excited...I get bored with breakfast.. Thank you, will let you know :)

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 6th of December 2014

These are a great option for diabetic folks Kelly. I hope you enjoy them. Please let me know how they turned out!

Ashley

Saturday 28th of June 2014

These are so good. Made these for my dad who is diabetic and my husband for a quick breakfast. They absolutely love these. Thank you so much for the recipe!

Rachel Ballard

Monday 30th of June 2014

I'm so glad you liked them Ashley! We like them a lot too. And they are super low in carbs for a diabetic. :) Always a good thing.