Sunday Brunch!

If your not a brunch person you will be after you see Gale Gand’s new cookbook, “Gale Gand’s Brunch”. The other day I had about a half hour to kill before an appointment so I walked into Barnes and Noble bookstore and was immediately drawn to the cover of her new book. One look at the cover and I knew I was going to make this for brunch on Sunday!

Baked eggs, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and pesto all wrapped up in a pretty little package of smokey ham. I quickly scribbled down the recipe on the back of a receipt I had in my purse.

This was so simple to make and the flavors blended perfectly together, it’s great for a Sunday morning, or a nice brunch party. I don’t have the recipe word for word but basically you take a muffin tin and butter it, purchase the biggest piece of ham you can find at the deli, fold it in half, and half again and fan it out into the tin.

Place a dollop of pesto on the bottom, gently crack and egg on top, one egg worked for me better, but Gale used two. Tuck a couple of cubes of fresh mozzarella on the side and a cherry tomato. Bake in a 375F oven for about 20 minutes, but mine actually took about a half hour.

When cooked through remove from muffin tin, place in a bowl and put another dollop of pesto on top! I’m telling you this is so good, give it a try! We loved it so much, and can’t wait to make it again! I need to get this book, she also has a great breakfast torta I’m dying to try!
Buon appetito!

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  1. I love all thing beautiful and edible at the same time. This egg cup look delicious. Pesto addition sounds great.

  2. I saw Gale gand making this on TV last week. It looks great!

  3. What a beautiful presentation that would make. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. This looks so delicious and full of flavor Marie!

  5. This recipe is so YOU Marie. I love the looks of it and the flavors and want to try it soon.

  6. You know I am not a brunch girl, but loved the bacon and egg cups…..these are indeed a work of art!
    What else do you have planned?

  7. THello Marie this looks tasty..and how easy.!

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, so pleased you are enjoying my photos..I don’t know why I have never been before it is wonderful, oh do I go to France or Italy?? Love both. 🙂 I hope you get there one day.

  8. Mmm, this looks absolutely yummy! I love baked eggs!

  9. Amazing and how could you go wrong with a dish wrapped in ham???

    Nicely done and going to have to page through the book next time I am at the bookstore.

  10. Lordy, this looks like ME! I’ve bookmarked this. This would be great when my family comes to visit and there’s a lot of people. I could make a dozen of these at one pop in the oven. Great idea!

  11. What a beautiful looking brunch dish!

  12. What time did you say you were serving brunch next Sunday?

  13. How pretty that looks, Marie. What a lovely color combination — I like the idea of pesto, mozzarella, tomato and egg, topped with a yummy looking English muffin. I’ll bring the coffee over! =)

  14. That looks amazing.

  15. These are so cute! Love the colors! It’s fun to use food as a container for other foods 🙂

  16. Sometimes I have to hit myself upside the head and ask “why didn’t I ever think of that!” Right?
    It looks so easy and delicious. Good job, Marie! xox

  17. Have you ever tried Julia Childs Milanese torta? Outstanding!!!!
    Thanks for this. I will try it this weekend! Looks great.

  18. This is the most clever thing I’ve seen in a long time! I LOVE IT! Even better, I have all the ingredients! I wish I could reach into the screen and just eat the contents of that top photo! YUM!

  19. You don’t know how relieved I am to know that I am not the only one who copies recipes from cookbooks while standing in the store. I’m always afraid that someday, I am going to get caught(!). — This is such a clever recipe. I’ve been a longtime fan of Gale Gand’s. Thanks!

  20. LOVE this – everything you make looks fantastic…simply everything.

  21. Mmm…I love that pesto in there. The tomato looks so cute poking out of there as well.

    You crack me up that you went into the store and just wrote down the recipe from the cookbook! That’s a great moneysaviging tip!

  22. Well, looks like I’ll be going to Border’s today to check it out!

  23. casalba says:

    Ham and eggs with a twist. Seems so simple, but why didn’t I think of that? (It was the twist that made all the difference.)

  24. Oh Marie! This brunch is simply beautiful. I don’t know whether to paint it or eat it ;D

  25. Ooooooooooh! I will have to cut this out, with instructions, for my culinary challenged husband and son to figure out how to make. It looks simple enough. Love the idea of pesto, which I just happen to have in the freezer. Great idea!

  26. Scrumptious. Does honor to the table! And glad to know I am not the only person who scribbles recipes on odd pieces of paper at Barnes and Noble.

  27. Very pretty presentation, you have the egg, ham and with the red of the tomato and the green from the pesto, it is very pretty and probably tastes pretty good too!

  28. The book sounds great, I’ll have to check it out.
    Your little brunch packages look lovely.

  29. I MUST make this!! This looks soooo good!! Thanks for sharing!

  30. This is pure genius. I already make little egg cups with bread, but LOVE the idea of using ham. Pretty too!

  31. Very pretty! I can’t wait to try this dish!

  32. It’s just beautiful!!
    I want to have a brunch now

  33. How come I was not invited?

  34. I love brunch and this is no exception!

  35. This looks wonderful, company would be so impressed if you served them this for brunch!

  36. Nestled so nice! Did I here Sunday 🙂

  37. I just need to tell you that I ‘ve been showing this entry to everyone and everyone just loves it! You did a great job of showing the whimsy of this dish while still making you salivate all over yourself. 😀

  38. OH MY – I think I am in love. I truly, can’t wait to make this!!!

  39. That’s gorgeous! I would have it for a first course… I’m not a big brunch person, either. I like the food but I don’t like to eat big meals during the day.

  40. What a beautiful recipe! I’ve seen this book too and I want to buy it (and a couple other cookbooks). Great for mother’s day.

  41. Fabulous! I’ll have to try this soon — maybe Mother’s day brunch?

  42. These ham cups are gorgeous, very creative!

  43. I made these over the weekend. What a hit! They were VERY easy to make, and I enjoyed them just as much as everybody else did. Next time I think I’ll use several smaller pieces of mozzarella, and maybe 2 tomatoes if they’ll fit. And maybe I’ll try them in the ramekin so you can get them in. I noticed that the top edges of the ham on yours got “fried” like mine did – maybe I’ll trim down the ham. I’m going to post the recipe on my blog in a couple or 3 days, giving a link to your blog too. Thanks for the great recipe. Enjoy your blog very much.

  44. I love this idea! It would be so easy to serve these to a group, and without slaving over the oven while visitors are hanging around. Man would my friends love me if I invited them over for this type of brunch…

  45. I love brunch! These look so good. It’s a meal in a pretty little package.

  46. okay, i literally, accidentally stumbled across your blog today looking for a picture of stuffed artichokes. I literally have not salivated reading a blog before. I have subscribed immediately and can’t wait to get more updates. From one foodie to another…THANK YOU!!!

  47. Thank You Jennifer, and welcome!