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Ham, Egg, and Cheese Brunch Cups

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Puff pastry, egg, ham, and a creamy cheese sauce make these little brunch cups easy, delicious, and so beautiful! Perfect for effortless entertaining.

This RECIPE is sponsored by ALDI

Brunch season is in full, official swing.

Spring brunch. Baby and bridal shower. Birthday brunch. Mother’s Day brunch. And the queen of them all: EASTER BRUNCH. So today, in preparation for the main brunch event, we need to talk about how adorable, delicious, and necessary BRUNCH CUPS are.

Brunch cups, as I’m calling them, start with a little puff pastry tucked into a muffin tin. Then we are layering the puff pastry with a quick schmear of creamy Swiss-ified cheese sauce, an egg, and some diced ham. Finally, we are baking it all together into something adorable, delicious, and brunchy. A sprinkle of chives, salt, and pepper on top would make you look kinda fancy, too.

We made a mega ALDI run before this ham / egg / cheese brunch cup operation. Hello, brunch headquarters. Most notable finds were the ham, which is spiral-sliced and hickory-smoked (yum), and the eggs. I love ALDI eggs – lovely organic cage free large brown eggs that do not cost your life savings. Thank you, ALDI.

Watch How To Make Our Ham, Egg, and Cheese Brunch Cups (1 Min):

Honey ham and eggs for Ham, Egg, and Cheese Brunch Cups.
Cracking eggs into puff pastry in muffin tin.
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Brunch Cups in muffin tin before baking.
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Brunch Cups in muffin tin.

Is it just me or does ALDI have the most loyal cult following ever? My friends who are obsessed with ALDI are – how do I say this – REALLY, REALLY OBSESSED with ALDI.

Are you in this mega ALDI fan club? What do you buy there? And why? If you are in the Twin Cities like me… did you know they have a newly renovated Roseville location? Um, yeah.

Let’s talk. And eat these drippy, buttery, thick little brunch cups.

Win-win!

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Brunch cups on serving platter.

Ham, Egg, and Cheese Brunch Cups


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 18 egg cups 1x

Description

Puff pastry, egg, ham, and a creamy cheese sauce make these little brunch cups easy, delicious, and so beautiful! Perfect for effortless entertaining.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 18 SimplyNature Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs
  • 12 cups Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Half Ham, diced
  • 1 beaten SimplyNature Organic Cage Free Brown Egg (egg wash)
  • chopped fresh chives, salt, and pepper for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Make the Cheese Sauce: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in the flour and whisk to combine. Pour in the milk, little by little, whisking after each addition. Bring to a simmer, whisking until the mixture thickens. Take the mixture off the heat and stir in the cheese. Season with salt. Set aside.
  3. For the Brunch Cups: Use a rolling pin to roll out the puff pastry sheets until thin. Cut the pastry sheets into 9 equal squares. Line each well of a muffin tin with one puff pastry square, pressing it firmly to the bottom and sides. The edges should come just over the top of the muffin tin. Fill each cup with a spoonful of cheese sauce. Then, crack one egg into each cup and sprinkle diced ham on the top of each egg. Brush the exposed portions of puff pastry with egg wash.
  4. Bake: Bake for 10-15 minutes until the eggs are set (see notes). Sprinkle with chives, salt, and pepper. Serve warm.

Notes

Depending on your oven, 10-15 minutes should yield you a runny yolk, whereas anything after 15 minutes will get more of a medium to hard yolk. My oven runs hot, and for me, 12 minutes wasn’t quite enough to cook the whites on top, but 17 minutes gave me a medium yolk, so ideally something in between would be best if you want cooked whites with a very runny yolk. If you don’t like runny yolks, you can also use scrambled eggs in this recipe. I just like the look of the yolks intact – so pretty!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: ham brunch cups, egg brunch cups, ham and egg brunch cups

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These look so good!! I was looking for some new brunch recipes to make at home since I go out for it way too often and this is perfect! Did you get the puff pastry from ALDI too?

    Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. If you’re looking for a really good twin cities brunch you should check out The Lynhall – it’s amazing!

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    Mary Ann

    I love brunch food – it goes so well with tea! My two favorite things. Did you make the puff pastry or did you buy it premade? Do you have the recipe for the puff pastry or the brand of the premade that you used?






  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I LOVE to play with my food and puff pastry makes it so easy. Your breakfast recipe looks amazing, now if ALDI would just come to Northern Utah, please!






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    Sarah

    Love that you’re partnering with Aldi. Love their prices, love their products, but sometimes have trouble doing my only grocery shopping there bc of somewhat limited selection. So would love to see more recipes featuring products that can all be found at Aldi! This one looks great. Random Aldi products I like: chocolates, jarred Tikka Masala sauce, whole wheat frozen waffles, whole wheat refrigerated pizza dough.

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    Tamara p of thentherestwo.com

    Oh my yes! I’ve shopped at Aldis for over 20 years but wish I had done it even sooner to save so much more money when my kids were little! What was I thinking????? And now with their gluten-free and organic choices #Superb






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    Lesley

    Have been making these since I was little. But in New Zealand and Australia we beat the eggs first. It’s kind of a take to the beach, park, picnic staple.

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    Ruth

    Those look beautiful Lindsay. You are so very talented ! Please know how much I enjoy your blog & that this is being said w/ respect : That ham ? cheese ? eggs ? The horrors of the animal industry are no longer a secret to most & keep me awake many nights. We cannot claim to love our pets & support these practices. Who decided that, ( @ least in our country,) it’s o.k. to raise a pig in a cage that resembles a tomato cage but it’s cruel to do that to a dog ? I BEG you to check it out.

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    Kristy Murray

    These look so fun, simple and “Springy!” What a great finger food for any occasion! I love how bright and colorful they are.

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    aimee

    why wait for a special brunch occasion – these look simple enough to whip up whenever!! Cant wait to eat one…or 7.

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    I feel like I need to venture into an Aldi. I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but no, I haven’t been to one and there’s a brand new one here in Charleston! Okay, updating my weekend plans… #priorities

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    Angelina | Baked Ambrosia

    Definitely adding this to my next Spring brunch!! Thank you for the recipe!

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    Gilda

    I love this recipe! I have tried so many of your recipes over the past year. Any plans for a cookbook?