Want a dozen NestFresh eggs FREE? Be the 1st person to send me your NestFresh Country Skillet Egg Bake Pic Featuring NestFresh Eggs and they’re yours! Find out How at the end of this post!
I believe there are two perfect foods in this world:
1) Pizza. Need I say more?
2) The “Incredible Edible” EGG. I love the combo of good fat and Omegas plus protein packed whites with the balance of creamy gooey flavorful yolk. Love their versatility (fried, scrambled, hard boiled, poached, soft boiled, egg salad, whites…) and now, the latest thing–Though I’ve been there and done that for years–Eggs for dinner! On your burger (see our Cinners Guide for Highland Tavern’s Stupid Burger), or your pork loin (see my Chef Ian Kleinman Mad Scientist of Food post and corresponding food porn) and even on your noodle bowl!
The EGG is BACK people, and I for one am dancing in the Cinfully Simple kitchen over it!
This NestFresh Country Skillet Egg Bake is just one of my latest EGGstraordinary creations and now I have found the perfect eggs to pair with it! NestFresh—The only thing better than an egg, is a Cage Free Egg!
Fly, be free! Oh right, chickens can’t fly. Anyhoot…
When all else fails, EGGS! When we get back from a trip and the fridge is almost bare, Eggs. When I’m lazy (often) and want good, healthy food fast, Eggs. Have a scrumptious baked goods craving, Eggs. You get the point.
In fact, the Egg has long been misunderstood! So much so it even has has a NEW JINGLE (hit the play arrow below)! Did you know eggs have LESS cholesterol and more vitamin D than originally thought?
And if you really want a funny, listen to the Easter Jingle! 🙂
Not long ago, I discovered two things that I’ve been having a lot of fun with!
1) Egg bakes: Old news for some, New news for me!
2) NestFresh Cage Free Eggs! A sustainable and humane egg company that started here in Colorado that is now nationwide. There is nothing I love more than a product with a conscience!
I like NestFresh eggs not only because they are cage free but also because my eggs are likely come from smaller family run farms and healthy, happy chickens! NestFresh and I have been sharing a little Egg on Twitter, so I contacted them about using their eggs in some of my posts, and they were happy to help by providing me with a coupon for a FREE dozen eggs to use for this recipe! YAY! AND, they gave me an extra FREE EGG COUPON for one of you! More on that later…
NestFresh Country Skillet Egg Bake is Hatched
So if you know me as I think you probably do by now, you know that I like to cut little corners with my cooking in order to keep things healthier, without making them devoid of flavor. This egg bake is one of those experiments that happened to turn out really well. What can I say, I get lucky a lot!
I LOVE skillet egg dishes and I wanted something that had that down home southerny feel but without all the fat and calories. I wanted to have tasty protein and because I’m ME, I also wanted some bread to go with my eggs! This ended up being a great combination one-dish breakfast: A Country Skillet Egg Bake that has southern hospitality written all over it! Otherwise known as egg love in a skillet!
I don’t profess to be the healthiest girl in the world, but carbs are highly underrated if you ask me. Eaten in moderation with good protein, carbs are part of a well-balanced diet. Besides, have you ever tried to completely deprive yourself of carbs? After days or weeks of deprivation, what happened when those tasty tempting carbs were dangled in front of you? If you’re like most of us, when you finally do get a shot at them it’s like you’ve been unleashed in Filene’s basement on Running of the Brides Day! So take it from me, eat a few carbs here and there. Your body and mind will thank you. You’re family and friends might thank you as well because you’re craving meter will be out of the red and you’ll be a much happier and probably nicer person! Just sayin’.
NestFresh Country Skillet Egg Bake Process Notes
The NestFresh eggs were the EASY part—Until I put them in the oven to bake, that is. How long DO you bake an egg that is covered in cheese? How do you know the egg is cooked if it’s covered in cheese and you can’t see it? What’s the magic amount of time between under baking an egg to snotty versus over baking to hard boiled? How do you find the happy medium (egg)? I crack myself up!
All good questions and most that I now have answers to–Sort of. I had to be kind to myself making this recipe and so will you. It’s not an exact science. What’s the worst? An egg that’s a little over done. That’s it. Not the end of the world. Here are my trial and error tips for baking eggs:
- Use a small glass to create a divot for your eggs in the dough (see photo below). This helps keep the whites a little contained. I used three eggs in the one pictured but the recipe calls for 4.
- Put a toothpick near the yolk of the egg (not through the yolk) BEFORE you put the cheese on top of it and put it in the oven. This will let you know where the yolk is when you need to check it’s doneness. Then you can scrape a little cheese away to checkout the yolk. FYI – I did NOT do this which is why I am now recommending it!
- Remember, I live in the mile high city and I was surprised at how little time my eggs took to bake. Remember if you’re a flat lander, your eggs could take LESS time. But don’t take my word for it. No matter where you live, ovens vary so you WILL want to check your eggs a couple of times during the baking process.
Another new trick; I used my standard Fat Free Plain Greek yogurt instead of milk to make Bisquick biscuit dough. I had never before tried using Greek yogurt with Bisquick and didn’t know what that would do to my dough but it came out FAB-U-LOUS, if I do say so myself.
NestFresh Country Skillet Egg Bake Photo Contest – Win a dozen FREE NestFresh Eggs!
Before we get to the recipe, I’ll give you what you’ve really been waiting for. The info on how to win FREE NestFresh Eggs!
Using my CONTACT FORM, Be the first person to send me a picture of your NestFresh Country Skillet Egg Bake using NestFresh Eggs and Featuring NestFresh eggs and packaging in the photo; and I’ll send you a coupon for a FREE dozen of NestFresh Eggs!
Your desired photo caption – be creative!
Your mailing address so I can send you the coupon!
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Please note that by entering the contest, you are giving permission for NestFresh and Cinfully Simple to publish your Country Skillet Egg Bake Picture on Social Media outlets and on our respective websites, along with your name. One winner only. Winner will be determined by date stamp on email. To be eligible winner’s photo MUST feature the egg bake as well as NestFresh eggs and packaging in the photo. Winner will be notified by email, make sure to approve firstname.lastname@example.org as a sender in your email client. To be eligible to win you must include all of the requested information.
- ¾ c. Bisquick Heart Smart baking mix
- ¼ c. + 2 T Greek yogurt
- pinch of salt
- sprinkle of pepper to taste
- ¼ c. or more bacon bits or crumbles
- ½ c. or more shredded cheddar or mexican blend cheese
- 4 NestFresh eggs (mark eggs with toothpick)
- Coconut oil for pan (I use Carrington's Liquid Coconut Oil. You can melt yours if you prefer.)
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Cast Iron or other oven safe skillet
- Glass with a small bottom
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- In large mixing bowl, Combine Bisquick, Greek Yogurt, and pinch of salt together and stir until dough is formed.
- Lightly coat large oven-safe or cast iron skillet with coconut oil.
- Turn dough into skillet and pat with fingers until it forms to the edges of the skillet - a little oil on your fingers can help with this process.
- Using a glass, make four depressions in the dough allowing space in between.
- Crack one egg into each depression.
- Place a toothpick near (but not in) each egg yolk so you know where they are when checking doneness.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper, bacon bits and cheese on top.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes--depending on your oven--checking eggs at 5 minute intervals, until eggs reach desired doneness.
- Remove from oven cut and serve hot--Best to serve immediately or eggs will keep cooking.
This was not a sponsored post, but thanks to NestFresh who were kind enough to pass along some Egg by way of a FREE Dozen Eggs for this recipe!