A few years back while flipping through one of my beloved magazines I saw eggs cooked in a cup. I remember tucking the image into that part of my brain where I like to store things for future use. And like many of the things I carefully store away in my brain for future use, it has sat there doing nothing ever since. Yesterday after a second cup of coffee I was inspired to finally put this tucked-away-for-another-day idea to some good use.
It was surprisingly simple so I thought that some of you dads out there might want to dazzle your wife or mother this weekend for Mother’s Day with a darling tea cup egg. This could also be a fabulous way to start her day for her birthday or for your Anniversary or just because any ole day. Perhaps you could even buy new tea cups and actually give that special lady a delicious treat and a sweet gift to enjoy for many moments to come. It’s just a thought (you can thank me later).
Here’s all you have to do.
Place four tea cups in a flat pan and spray the inside of each cup with some cooking spray to prevent the eggs from sticking.
Crack one egg in each of the cups.
Sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top of each egg or whatever toppings you like.
Fill the bottom of the pan with about a 1/4 of an inch of water.
Next, you’ll need some wax paper. I opted to use wax paper rather than a lid because the tea cups are a tad taller than the pan and I was worried that they may chip with a lid. Just cut the wax paper into a circle that covers the pan but make sure not to let any hang over the edge, you don’t want it to accidentally catch on fire.
Place the pan on the stove over a high setting to allow the water to come to a rolling boil then turn down to a gentle simmer.
After about 5 minutes, take a peek and see how the eggs are cooking.
Cook for about 5-8 minutes depending on how you like your eggs to be cooked.
Carefully remove the cups from the pan they will be hot.
Serve the tea cup eggs with some fresh fruit or even a slice of toast would be nice.
Dig in and enjoy the savory spicy goodness.
Tasty tea cup eggs are a perfect treat any time of day.
Think I’ll dig into that tucked away part of my brain more often.
To all of you wonderful moms out there Happy Mother’s Day!
Eat and be merry!
Tea Cup Eggs
What you’ll need:
4 tea cups
4 large or extra large eggs
sprinkling of red pepper flakes
pinch of salt & pepper
1/4 cup water
What you’ll do:
Place 4 tea cups into a flat pan. Spray cups with non-stick cooking spray. Crack one egg into each cup. Sprinkle eggs with red pepper flakes. Put 1/4 inch of water into bottom of pan. Cover top of pan and cups with wax paper cut to fit over top without hanging over the sides. Place pan onto high setting and allow to come to a rolling boil then turn down to a bubbling simmer. Cook 5-8 minutes until eggs are cooked to your liking. Sprinkle with some salt & pepper. Carefully take tea cups out of pan with an oven mit, cups will be hot.
Serve with fresh fruit and ENJOY!
I would have never thought to boil them… I just assumed they’d be baked. I’m loving how simple this is! Every single dad in the world needs to see this recipe. Moms would be delighted to get a cute little tea cup of eggs for breakfast!
Happy Mother’s Day to you!
So pretty, Wendy! I love these.
Love these. They are so pretty. Simple way to cook eggs that is different. Will make these for mother for Mothers Day.
ABSOLUTELY love these. I’ll take 23.
Gorgeous! And I love your Jadeite tea cups! 🙂
I’m so glad that you tucked this idea away and never forgot it. I love this!! What a sweet way to serve up eggs. Hoping you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend with your family.
This is a very attractive idea.
Waverly, you need to check out the post about you at the marlboro woman. It is pretty mean spirited about both you and your husband.
Darling ~ love this idea! ~Chris Ann & Kristin
such a cute idea, very creative
Just found your blog today and am really enjoying so far.
These are too cute – essentially poached, but with a lovely presentation. I have some adorable cups and saucers tucked away in the back of a cupboard that I never know what to do with besides tea and cookies. This will be the reason for their next appearance! I’m thinking mother-daughter-grandmother brunch.