Cheddar Egg Bake
on Oct 19, 2023
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This creamy and 🧀 cheesy Cheddar Egg Bake 🍳 is a go-to for my mornings. More importantly, this recipe reminds me that I can enjoy a healthy breakfast with a hectic schedule.
What I love about it is that it brings together ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen: eggs, cheese, onion, salt, flour, and baking powder.
The creamy and cheesy combination of cheddar and ricotta (or cottage cheese), combined with the fluffy eggs and a hint of finely diced onion, will make this dish a go-to for you too!
Why You’ll Love Cheddar Egg Bake
Simplicity: The real beauty of this recipe is its simplicity because you don’t need elaborate culinary skills to enjoy this homemade, wholesome meal.
Minimal Effort: With just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort, you can create my Cheddar Egg Bake.
Versatile: This Cheddar Egg Bake offers so many options for customization.
Meal Prep: I love making a big batch for meal prep, so I can have 🍳 breakfast ready for the entire week.
Creativity: You can surely enjoy it as a filling for breakfast 🌮 tacos, add it to a breakfast sandwich with an English muffin, or savor it alongside a side salad for a quick and healthy lunch.
How to Prepare Cheddar Egg Bake
🥚 Ingredients: eggs, ricotta (or cottage cheese), good quality cheddar cheese, diced onion, flour, and baking powder.
⏲️ Preheat and Prepare: First, preheat the oven to 400°F and then line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper (or grease it) to prevent sticking.
🥄 Combining Ingredients: Then, in a bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta or cottage cheese, salt, cheddar cheese, and finely diced onion. Mix until well combined.
🍞 Flour & Baking powder: Following this, stir in two heaping tablespoons of flour and baking powder.
🔥 Bake Time: Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the eggs have set and are golden on top.
🍴 Serve and enjoy: Once baked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes.
Variations and Substitutions
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how much you can customize it. It’s wonderful as is, but there are so many options if you want to change it up!
- Veggies: Add diced bell peppers, spinach, mushrooms, or almost any other favorite vegetables to the egg mixture for added nutrients.
- Add Meat: Incorporate cooked 🥓 bacon, ham, or sausage crumbles for a savory, protein-packed version.
- Spice it Up: Add a dash of hot sauce, red pepper flakes, or diced jalapeños for spice.
- Add Some Herbs: Mix in fresh herbs like chives, parsley, or cilantro.
- Cheese Variety: Experiment with different types of cheese, such as manchego, mozzarella, feta, or Swiss.
- Muffin Tin Bites: Use a muffin tin to create individual 🍳 egg bake muffins, perfect for portion control and on-the-go.
- Dairy-Free: If you’re lactose intolerant or following a dairy-free diet, use dairy-free alternatives for the ricotta, cheddar, and cottage cheese.
- Gluten-Free: opt for gluten-free flour to replace regular flour for a gluten-friendly version.
- Low-Carb: Substitute almond or coconut flour for a lower-carb alternative, and reduce the 🧅 onion content for fewer carbs.
- Low-Salt: Omit the salt for a lower-sodium option, or use low-sodium cheese and cheese alternatives.
Best Served With
- Fresh Salad: A simple green salad 🥗 with a light vinaigrette dressing
- Salsa: A homemade salsa (like my Easy Roasted Salsa) or pico de gallo.
- Avocado: You could try some slices of creamy avocado 🥑 with the Cheddar Egg Bake, as they would pair nicely.
- Fruit: Add a serving of fresh fruit, such as sliced melon or berries to the side of this dish.
- Toast or Bread: Serve your Cheddar Egg Bake with whole-grain toast, baguette slices, or even a warm English muffin.
Other Easy Breakfast Recipes
Yes, Cheddar Egg Bake is great for meal prep and you can certainly make it in advance, store it in the refrigerator, and reheat slices as needed throughout the week.
You can certainly make this healthier by using low-fat cottage cheese, removing some of the egg yolks (and using more egg whites), and cutting the cheese in half. You could also add veggies to increase the nutrient density.
Yes, you can certainly freeze Cheddar Egg Bake. After baking and cooling, slice it into portions, wrap them in plastic wrap, and store them in a freezer-safe container. Thaw and reheat as needed.
I use Redmond Real Salt, please note that depending on the salt you use, your dish may be less or more salty. Salt is always to taste. Always taste and adjust as you cook.
Yes, you can certainly use any 1-1 gluten-free flour that is for baking such as Bobs Red Mill or Caputo.
Cheddar Egg Bake
- 8 large eggs
- ½ cup ricotta , or cottage cheese
- salt, to taste
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, good quality , (75 grams)
- ½ onion, finely diced
- 3 tablespoons flour, (30 grams)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder, (3 grams)
- Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
- In a large bowl, crack the eggs. Add the ricotta cheese, pinch of salt, cheddar cheese and onion. Mix well.
- Add the flour, and baking powder, and mix well.
- Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper and pour in the egg mixture.
- Spread the mixture out evenly with a spatula or the back of a spoon and bake for 20-30 minutes or until set (the eggs should not jiggle). A skewer/fork/toothpick should come out clean once inserted.
- Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, slice, and enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.