What’s Cooking? Ham and Egg Brunch Cups

By Jan D’atri

They’re easy enough for kids to make and yet elegant enough to serve at your next fancy brunch. They’re called ham and egg brunch cups, but you can also make them with sliced turkey or salmon. I love this recipe because it’s so simple and looks gorgeous on a plate. I’ve included a fantastic recipe for crispy hash browns and a simple way to “fancy up” store-bought refrigerated cinnamon rolls. These delicious brunch cups are my new favorite way to say good morning.

Ham and Egg Brunch Cups

(Serves 4)


4 slices deli-style ham, turkey or

smoked salmon

4 large eggs

4 teaspoons milk or cream

4 tablespoons shredded or sliced cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Herbs like thyme or chives for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cupcake tin or ramekins with nonstick cooking spray or grease with butter. Line each cup with a piece of ham, turkey, or several pieces of smoked salmon. Ham, turkey or salmon should cover the bottom and sides of the cup. Break an egg into each cup. Pour 1 teaspoon of milk or cream on top of each egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Bake for about 12 minutes or until egg whites are opaque and eggs are done. Remove egg cups from oven. Sprinkle with tablespoon of shredded cheese or a piece of sliced cheese. Garnish with herbs. Serve immediately.

Cinnamon Roll Pull-a-Parts

Here’s a great way to fancy up refrigerated cinnamon rolls. Remove the dough from one canister of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. On a cutting board, gently push the slices together and with your hands, roll them into one continuous log until there are no visible seams in the dough. With scissors, snip the top part of dough to about three quarters of the way down. Arrange the cut sections so that each section leans on opposite or alternating sides. Spread the pieces apart, alternating sides. When rolls are done, drizzle with icing and serve.

Crispy on the Outside Hash Browns

(Serves 4)

(The secret to these perfectly crispy hash browns is letting them cook without disturbing them! I know the tendency is to keep flipping, but don’t! Trust me!)


1 large russet potato, peeled and shredded

2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

Salt & pepper to taste


Roll shredded potato up several paper towels and squeeze tightly to draw out the moisture. Repeat with fresh paper towels if needed.

Place shredded potato in a bowl. Toss with salt & pepper.

Preheat a large fry pan (preferably nonstick) to medium-high.

Place oil in the hot pan and swirl around.

Make four patties of potatoes and place in hot skillet, patting them slightly to flatten.

Reduce heat to medium-low and cook undisturbed and uncovered for 15 minutes.

When bottom is crisp, turn potatoes over. Cook until crisp. Serve immediately.

Watch my how-to video at jandatri.com/recipe/ham-and-egg-cup