There’s nothing like a good copy.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of websites devoted to restaurant recipe knock-offs, allowing you to make your favorite take out foods at home. I won’t say they’re at a fraction of the cost because a lot of times it’s cheaper to go out after you factor in the time and ingredient costs.
One of our favorite soups is a knock off of Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheese Soup. I’ve been making this recipe for years and we all love it.
Except for Baby Bee who is currently in a “food cannot touch” phase. That means I serve her cheese, cooked broccoli and bread instead. There’s probably a blog post here about how I accommodate Baby Bee’s eating habits, but I want to talk about breakfast and knock offs.
I love Starbucks.
Maybe it’s basic, but I’m shameless about it. I like their coffee. I like their employee benefits. I’ve always had good service. My drinks are always consistent. They make it a point to hire immigrants, minorities and military. Yeah, I know they’re expensive. I know you can get a decent cup of coffee at McDonalds for a dollar, but McDonalds doesn’t pay their part-time employees health benefits or college tuition, so for me it’s all a win-win.
Anyhow, I’ve been in the Instant Pot cult for a while now and we use the Instant Pot just about weekly. A while ago, this Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites recipe started making the rounds and since I’m always looking for quick, make ahead, family friendly recipes, I decided to give these a try. Because 1) Starbucks 2) Instant Pot.
You can opt to use small mason jars to make these egg bites and they’re probably easier to attain, but I ordered these silicon molds from Amazon. Of course, they were too big for my Pot and I had to cut them down. It’s a little ugly, but it works. Since what I purchased appears to be out of stock, I’d recommend these instead. Same thing and you don’t have to cut off the extra.
These are a perfect project for the weekend. Cook up some extra bacon while you make breakfast, pop them in the Instant Pot and enjoy breakfast for the week. I’ll be adapting these soon with veggies and different changes to change the flavor. For now, I did bacon, chive and cheddar.
For those of you following low carb diets, these would fit the bill as long as you’re allowed dairy. For those of you following weight watchers, these weigh in at a skinny 4 pts for 2 egg bites and that includes real cheese. They’re not huge, but they are wonderfully dense and flavorful, which makes them satisfying.
You can stir your cheese in, but I’d advise you to sprinkle it on top after re-heating so you get full flavor for your points/calories. I think you loose cheese flavor when you stir scant amounts into your recipe. Enjoy those points/calories and actually taste your cheese. You’re paying for it.
- 15 eggs
- 15 slices of center cut bacon, cooked
- 2 cups of low fat cottege cheese
- hot sauce (I did one dash per egg bite)
- shredded cheddar cheese
- Combine eggs, bacon, cottage cheese, spices and hot sauce in the bowl of a mixer.
- Mix until smooth.
- Pour .25 cup into each silicone cup.
- Cover loosely with foil.
- Add one cup of water to Instant Pot and place trivet into pot.
- Put silicone cups on trivet and lock pot lid
- Steam for 9 minutes
- Let pressure release for 10 minutes and then quick release pressure
- Serve or refrigerate immediately
- To reheat: Place two on microwave safe plate. Heat for thirty seconds. Flip. Heat for 15 seconds.
- Top with 1 tbsp of shredded cheddar cheese before serving
p.s. While these are smaller than Starbucks egg bits, they still come it about 1.50 for two which is a full $3 less than Starbucks. Make your egg bites at home and use your savings on a latte.