Cauliflower Hash Brown Egg Cups are low carb and gluten free! Point friendly hash browns made into cups with a perfectly runny egg. That’s it. That’s all that needs to be said.
This was something I thought would take up a whole entire day…and it didn’t. Something that I thought would stress me out…and didn’t at all. Come to think of it, this might be something that scares the pants off of you as much as it did to me!
Except…it would be extremely unusual if I stopped there.
Here I was thinking crispy, deep fried hash browns would be a thing of the past…you know, with the going healthy kick I’m on. But I was wrong. Or to put it bluntly, I proved myself wrong with a huge kick up the hash brown butt.
I’m going to break it down into steps with photos to help convince you guys that you have to try these. Are they complicated? No. Do they take some work? Yeeahhh…kinda. Are they worth it? Um, YES.
OKAY: Process a whole head of cauliflower (stalk and leaves removed) in two batches until it resembles a ‘rice.’ That’s not hard, right? A couple pulses for about 30 seconds, you should end up with just over 3 cups of cauliflower rice.
Pour 3 cups of the cauliflower ‘rice’ into a microwave safe bowl and heat through for a good 8-10 minutes. Alternatively lightly steam until it becomes soft and, well, smushy. Open your doors and windows, because cauliflower doesn’t exactly have a sexy aroma to it.
You may have around 1/2 cup left over, which you can save for later. (Mashed caulitatoes comes to mind, for example, which is a recipe coming soon.)
Now, here comes the only part in this whole process that is a ‘must do and don’t forget to do it’ type of situation. Squeeze as much liquid as you can out of your cauliflower, or the cups will be soft and may fall apart after baking. You can use paper towels (be prepared to use a few doubled up), a cheesecloth, or a tea towel…just make sure you squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
Why am I saying this? Well, let’s just say after 2 times trialling and flopping at my cups…I want you guys to be successful from the very beginning. It reads harder than it is. I promise.
Once the cauliflower has been sucked dry, add your egg, cheeses and seasonings and mix to form a ‘dough.’
Spoon them into your lightly greased muffin trays (or ramekins), and press them down to form cups. Easy, yes? Right.
Bake them in your oven until they’re all golden and the aroma in your kitchen has changed from cauliflower to golden melted cheesy smells. Remove from the oven; break your eggs into each cup (make sure they’re small-medium sized eggs or you will have egg whites spilling out everywhere and all over the place. How do I know that? Um…doesn’t matter), and return to your oven for about 15 minutes or until the whites are set and the yolks are to your liking.
See? Not hard.
Depending on how you like your eggs…this egg porn right here was the highlight of my month. Good morning egg porn. We heart you. For more low carb recipes, try this Creamy Garlic Shrimp Cauliflower Rice Risotto!
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Weight Watchers: 2pp per hash cup!
- 1 head of cauliflower , stalk and leaves removed, cut into florets
- 1 extra large egg , whisked
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (or Mozzarella)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2-1 teaspoon salt (to your tastes)
- Pepper (optional - to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
- 12 small-medium sized eggs
- Preheat oven to 230C | 350F Lightly spray a 12-hole muffin tin with cooking oil spray (or grease with butter), wipe over excess with a paper towel and set aside.
- Pulse the cauliflower in two batches for about 30-50 seconds until a fine 'rice' is formed. It's ok if there are a few bigger pieces in there. (Be careful not to over process or the cauliflower will form a raw puree.)
- Measure out 3 cups (480g or 17oz in weight) of the cauliflower rice into a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 8 minutes or until soft. Alternatively, lightly steam over a pot of boiling water or in a vegetable steamer until soft. Remove and allow to cool for a good 5 minutes before handling.
- Using paper towels, an old tea towel or a cheesecloth, squeeze out as much liquid as you can until hardly any liquid can be squeezed out. (It's easier to wrap the cauliflower in the towel (or cloth) and squeeze it into a ball over the sink. Less mess)
- Transfer back into your bowl (make sure there's no liquid in it), and add the whisked egg, cheeses, salt and garlic powder. Divide the mixture into each muffin hole and firmly press them with your fingertips to create a 'nest' or cup.
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese has melted, the cups are golden and the edges are browned. Remove from the oven; break the eggs into each cup; season with salt and pepper; return to the oven and bake for a further 10-15 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your liking.
- Allow them to cool for 5 minutes before handling them, or they may fall apart. Lightly slide a knife around the sides of each cup. Using a fork, gently lift one side first to make sure they're not sticking to the bottom, and lift out of the pan.
- Garnish with red chilli flakes and parsley (optional) or leave as is.
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