Starbucks Ham and Cheddar Egg Bites with red pepper are a tasty and healthy breakfast.
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Eggs are the perfect food. They are full of protein, vitamins, and you can prepare them in dozens of ways. One of the easiest and most delicious methods of preparing soft and creamy, yet thoroughly cooked through eggs is by using the sous vide method of cooking like they do at Starbucks. Ham and Cheese Sous Vide Egg Bites are one of their most popular breakfast menu items, and for a good reason, they are absolutely delicious! But if you have a sous vide cooker, you can make these outstanding sous vide eggs at home any time you want!
What is a Sous Vide Cooker?
Sous vide means under pressure in French, but you don’t have to be a five-star chef to use a sous vide cooker. In fact, it is one of the most hands-free cooking methods out there. If you can use a slow cooker, then you can definitely operate a sous vide cooker. At its most basic, a sous vide cooker is a device that brings a pot of water to a specific temperature and keeps it there until the food finishes cooking.
So, Why is a Sous Vide Cooker So Wonder at Cooking Eggs?
Eggs are incredibly complicated and contain a variety of different types of proteins, fats, and water. Each of these has different ideal cooking temperatures ranging between 140 to just over 180 degrees. Therefore, it is quite impossible to cook all the egg components to the perfect temperature, but there is undoubtedly a preferred temperature that allows you to get the best results. For a scrambled egg containing the egg whites and the yolk, that temperature is 167 degrees when the egg water and the egg yolk reach a similar level of doneness, giving the scrambled egg a creamy, even consistency. Trying to maintain an exact 167 degrees in a pan or even an oven is a lost cause, but it is child’s play when using a sous vide cooker.
Reheating Starbucks Egg Bites
Sous vide egg bites are delicious, but who has the time to be cooking eggs in the morning? No problem. Take them out of the fridge for about ten minutes and then pop them in the toaster oven can make these egg bites in advance and pop them into the toaster oven for about two minutes or until they warm through.
Tips For Making and Serving Starbuck Egg Bites
- Take the time to remove them from the jars before eating. Not only is it safer, but it looks nicer as well. You can pair your sous vide eggs with a nice mixed green salad with balsamic dressing or home fries for a complete sit-down breakfast.
- Feel free to experiment. Add just about anything you like in an omelet to your egg bites. Be sure to pre-cook any raw meat and try pre-cooking any watery vegetables like mushrooms or spinach to remove some excess moisture.
- Coat add-ins with a little rice starch. A light coating of rice starch helps prevent add-ins from sinking to the bottom of the egg bites.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Cottage cheese
- Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
- Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Thin sliced ham
- Red bell pepper
- Gruyere cheese, shredded
How to Make Starbucks Ham and Cheddar Egg Bites
- Set your sous vide for 167 degrees.
- Chop ham slices into small pieces.
- Place eggs, cottage cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese, salt, and red bell pepper into a blender.
- Blend until it is a uniform mixture.
- Turn off the blender and add chopped ham.
- Spray four small canning jars with a non-stick spray.
- Pour egg mixture into jars. Wipe the rim and place the lid on the jar.
- Place jars into the sous vide.
- Cook for about 35 minutes or until they are completely set.
- Remove egg bites from the jars when they are done.
- Sprinkle gruyere cheese on top of egg bites.
- Broil until the cheese begins to brown.
For this recipe I have a couple of products that I like, I have two recommendations on sous vide devices, and one on the jars that I like to use for this recipe. I have tried the plastic molds, but the plastic molds for the Instant Pot leak, so they do not work.
- Anova Stick Sous Vide – here you will buy the stick and use your own pot or tub of water to cook the egg bites
- Instant Pot Aura Pro – This is a multi-cooker, not a pressure cooker that does a great job at sous vide
- 1/2 pint canning jars – these are small jars with the perfect lid for the egg bites to slide right out.
Instant Pot Cooking Directions
You can make these in your Instant Pot. They will not have the same texture as the egg bites in sous vide. You will need to cook for 10 minutes on high pressure, and then do a natural release for another 10 minutes. Before you release all of the pressure. I recommend these Instant Pot egg bite molds for these.
Love Starbucks? Try these copycat recipes!
- Starbucks Protein Box
- Starbucks Sandwiches
- Starbucks Spinach Feta Wrap
- Starbucks Mocha
- Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus
- Peppermint Mocha Recipe
- Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
Favorite Egg Breakfast Recipes
- Egg McMuffin
- Eggs in a Basket
- Fried Eggs in Oven
- Sausage Egg McMuffin
- Wendy’s Breakfast Baconator
- Whataburger Breakfast on a Bun
Starbucks Ham and Cheese Sous Vide Egg Bites
- 4 eggs
- 4 tablespoons cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons thinly sliced ham
- 1 teaspoon minced red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese used to broil
Set your sous vide for 167 degrees. This will take some time to heat.
So prepare the recipe while this heats up. Into a blender add 4 eggs, 4 tablespoons cottage cheese, 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, and salt.
Toss in 1 small piece of red bell pepper, and allow the blender to chop up the red bell pepper.
Puree until it is a uniform mixture. Turn off the blender and sprinkle in the chopped ham.
Spray 4 small canning jars (I use half-pint jelly jars) with a non-stick spray. Pour egg mixture into jars. Wipe the rim of the jar to make sure it is clean, then place the lid on the jar. Place jars into the sous vide.
Once the sous vide has reached 167 degrees, cook eggs for about 35 minutes or until they are completely set. If you do not wait until the sous vide has reached proper temperature the eggs may not set fully. If the eggs are soft or appear to be undercooked, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Remove eggs from the jars when they are done.
If desired pop the sous vide egg bites under a broiler, place a bit of the shredded Gruyere cheese on top of each egg bute, and cook until the cheese begins to brown just before serving.