Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs

Warm braised eggs topped with chopped ham and melted cheese for a delicious breakfast. Quick and easy, these amazing eggs with runny yolks will satisfy all your breakfast cravings.

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s time for breakfast again, you guys!

I really hope you don’t mind.

If you can’t tell already, I love eggs, especially for breakfast. But for the longest time, I was embarrassingly terrible at cracking them.

When I was an undergrad student living with friends in Davis (around 2005-2006), I could not crack an egg to save my life. Seriously, I couldn’t do it. No matter how hard I hit that egg against the edge of a bowl, or against a counter, or against the edge of a frying pan, the shell just wouldn’t crack for me. And when it did, tiny pieces of the shell would land in the bowl with my eggs and I had to fish those out. It was soo difficult.

So during those first several months of living on my own, if I wanted eggs, or if I wanted to use eggs for baking, my friends had to crack them for me. And if my friends weren’t around to do it for me, then I just had to cook without eggs. Sad, isn’t it?

And absolutely frustrating. I could deep fry, bake, cook. But when it came to eggs, I was utterly hopeless. The simple thing that everyone else could do, I couldn’t.

Finally, one of my friends had enough of my egg catastrophes. He made me stand in the kitchen and crack all the eggs we had in our fridge. Usually, after one or two, I’d give up and make him do the rest for me. Not this time. I had to keep cracking them until I was all done. We had soo many eggs to eat that night, but after that, I was finally able to crack an egg. Not perfectly but so much better than before.

Was there ever a task that came so easily to everyone else but you’re just terrible at?

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Well, now that I’ve gotten over my inability to crack eggs (for years now, yay!), I’d like to share this delicious breakfast recipe with you.

Topped with chopped ham steak and melted cheese, these warm braised eggs have yolks that ooze out when you cut into them. Oh my gosh! So amazingly delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. They’re great alone or you can dip toasted bread in them. So good!

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Crack the eggs into a medium size bowl, and set it aside for now. Chop up the ham steak into small pieces and leave it to the side. Usually in braised eggs, all the ingredients are cooked first and the eggs are then poured on top. However, in my version, because I prefer my extra ingredients on top rather than in the egg, I decided to drop it over the eggs. I think it looks nicer that way too. But you can do it either way.

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

In a small skillet, lightly grease the bottom and the sides with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray. Make sure to cover all the surfaces. Otherwise, the eggs will stick.

Turn on the heat to about medium low.

Wait for the oil to heat up for about a minute and then pour the eggs into the skillet. As tempting it is to stir or move the eggs to make sure it doesn’t become burnt, leave them alone to set.

I accidentally broke one of the yolks. Whoops.

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Take the chopped ham steak and drop it on top of the eggs. I dropped mine on the egg white. Allow the eggs to cook until the egg white has turned a solid white instead of clear. Then turn off the heat.

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sprinkle cheese and chopped parsley or chives over the eggs, and cover it for about a minute.

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Once the cheese has melted, use a spatula to gently remove the braised eggs from the skillet or pan onto a plate.

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Serve with your favorite sides. I had eggs with a side of edamame, but you can do bacon, or hash browns, or tater tots. Or dip bread into the yolks! Just one of many options.

Enjoy!

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ham and Cheese Braised Eggs

Warm braised eggs topped with chopped ham and melted cheese for a delicious breakfast. Quick and easy, these amazing eggs with runny yolks will satisfy all your breakfast cravings.

Author: Andrea Giang

Ingredients

3 large eggs

¼ cup cooked ham steak, chopped

¼ cup shredded cheese

¼ teaspoon parsley, chopped

½ cup edamame (optional)

Nonstick cooking spray or olive oil for the skillet

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Crack 3 eggs into a medium sized bowl. Chop cooked ham steak into small pieces. Chop up a little bit of parsley for garnish.

In a small skillet or pot, lightly grease all the surfaces with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray. Don’t forget this step! The oil will keep the eggs from sticking to the surfaces of the skillet or pot.

Heat the oil for about a minute over medium to low.

Pour the eggs into the skillet, top with chopped ham, and allow the eggs to cook undisturbed for about 3-5 minutes until the egg whites have turned from clear to white. Turn off the heat.

Sprinkle the cheese and the parsley over the eggs and ham. Cover the skillet with a lid, and allow the eggs to sit for about a minute until the cheese has melted.

Use a spatula to careful pry the eggs from the skillet and plate the eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve the ham and cheese braised eggs with bread to dip with. Or with a side of your choice such as edamame, hash browns, tater tots.

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95 comments

  1. Lisa says:

    Great recipe, and I like your vintage plates. Oh, the memories. And your photos are excellent, too.

    However, these aren’t braised eggs. To braise means to cook (meat, fish, or vegetables) by sautéeing in fat and then simmering slowly in very little liquid. Think beef or pork roast, or Chicken Cacciatore. Your recipe is excellent, just not braised.

  2. It's Just A Theory... says:

    This looks so yummy I can’t hardly look at it without getting hungry. I hope you don’t mind that I put a link to this, as well as to your home page, in my post today, entitled “Even more cheese…’
    And while my post is, at best, rather silly in tone, I cite your post in all seriousness.
    Love your blog.

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