Creamy Ham & Egg Toasted Butter Cups

A very easy egg dish with a gourmet look

5 boiled eggs(divided-4 mixed & 1 garnish)
1 c. finely diced ham cubes, optional
1/3 c. finely diced mushrooms, can
1/8 c. finely chopped onions, optional
1 can cream of celery soup, undiluted
Salt & pepper to taste
8 slices of white bread or preference, fresh
Soft Butter or Smart Balance for spreading
Paprika or fresh parsley, garnish

Boil eggs, cool, and peel. Keep separate 1 egg, diced, and held back for the garnish on the egg cup top. Dice the last 4 eggs, ham, mushrooms, & onions. Mix all of the first 7 ingredients that you have chosen to include. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Trim the bread crusts away. Butter each slice of bread on both sides. Push the center of each bread slice down into the bottom of the ramekin. The corner of each bread slice will point up just over the ramekin rim. You may prepare this recipe to this point in the evening and then wait until morning to toast buttered bread cups and for filling.

Set the ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350' for 10 min. to lightly toast the crusts. You do not want to overcook the bread crust because it will be returning to the oven. Fill each toasted butter cup with the above mixture of eggs, ham(opt.), mushrooms, onions(opt.), soup, salt & pepper. Spoon small amounts of the extra unmixed egg over the top of the egg cup mixture. Sprinkle with paprika or fresh parsley for garnish. Bake in a 350' oven for 10 more min. or until heated through.

Makes 8-3" diameter size ramekins or use a muffin pan. Serve to the table in the white ramekins or remove the egg cups from the muffin pan to stand up deliciously for your presentation on the plate.

Note: You may substitute 1 c. of white sauce or a can of cream of mushroom soup for the cream of celery soup. This recipe can be varied by using fried chopped bacon instead of the ham. Even sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on the top of each egg cup before the paprika is added. Also, the recipe is very easy to accommodate for a vegetarian diet. Mix first 6 ingredients skipping over the ham. Separate amount of egg mixture needed for each diet type. Then reduce the total amount of ham and add only as needed. (Continue with regular directions at this pt.)

Recipe Summary:
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

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Chocolate Lover's Muffins
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Recipe Provided By:
Franklin Street Inn B&B
Appleton, WI

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