The Most Common Mistake With Cooking Egg Bites And How To Avoid It

Between the demands of the morning commute and the need for sleep, sometimes it seems impossible to prepare and eat a healthy breakfast during the workweek. Fortunately, egg bites help to solve that problem. Made famous by Starbucks since its debut in 2017, egg bites are hailed as a quick and easy way to get a protein-filled meal to start the day along with your favorite flavored latte. In fact, it is so popular that many home cooks have begun to replicate the recipe, making large batches at a time so they are ready to go during the week.

Essentially a crustless quiche that can be filled with a variety of ingredients, there are many different ways to prepare egg bites. The muffin tin method seems to be the easiest way to make them without requiring pricey appliances. However, the egg bites can stick to the muffin tin if they are not prepared properly, and we are going to show you how to prevent that from happening by greasing the tins properly.

Making egg bites

To make batches of egg bites for the week, you will need eggs, fillings (bacon and cheese seems to be a favorite, although you can substitute with many alternatives), milk, salt, and ground black pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and generously grease a muffin tin with the fat of your choice. Butter, olive oil, and even bacon grease work well. Although it might seem excessive, the egg bites will stick to the pan without the excess fat, and you will end up with lumps of scrambled eggs instead of round and fluffy egg bites. Of course, if you have a non-stick muffin tin, you wouldn't need to grease it as much.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and the fillings of your choice. Pour the mixture into the prepared muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the egg bites are set. Allow to cool for a few minutes to let the egg bites firm up before removing from the muffin tin and serving.

Egg bite tips

Aside from the basic bacon and cheese egg bites, there are many alternative recipes to try. For example, you can add your favorite herbs to the egg mixture alongside a soft cheese such as goat cheese or Boursin for a fun meat-free variation. Leftover grilled vegetables such as asparagus, spinach or tomatoes can be chopped and added to beaten egg whites alongside rosemary and basil for a Mediterranean-inspired flavor. For Sunday brunch, try mixing in chopped smoked salmon and cream cheese and garnish it with everything bagel seasoning for a carb-free version of a smoked salmon sandwich.

Finally, the best thing about egg bites is that you can make a large batch to use later. Cook the egg bites according to the instructions above, then let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to several days. For a quick portable weekday breakfast, reheat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. And if you have any eggs left over, try making jammy eggs for luscious egg salad sandwiches.