It’s safe to assume that my egg cup recipes are actually little quiches made without flour, hence baking them in a muffin tin.
Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche, by American Bruce Feirstein, is a bestselling tongue-in-cheek book satirizing stereotypes of masculinity, published in 1982 (ISBN 0-671-44831-5). It popularized the term quiche-eater, meaning a man who is a dilettante, a trend-chaser, an over-anxious conformist to fashionable forms of ‘lifestyle’, and socially correct behaviors and opinions, one who eschews (or merely lacks) the traditional masculine virtue of tough self-assurance. A ‘traditional’ male might enjoy egg-and-bacon pie if his wife served it to him; a quiche-eater, or Sensitive New Age Guy would make the dish himself, call it by its French name quiche, and serve it to his female life partner to demonstrate his empathy with the Women’s Movement. He would also wash up afterwards.
The book’s humor derives from the fears and confusion of contemporary middle-class men about how they ought to behave, after a decade of feminist critique on traditional male roles and beliefs.
So, to call a spade a spade, here is a recipe for mini quiches that men will make, eat and serve to their life partners and then clean up afterwards.
Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche But They Do Eat Egg Cups
Preheat oven to 350F.
1/4 cup cream
1 can crab meat (I used chunky style), drained
1/2 cup loosely packed shredded cheese (I used gruyere)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
sea salt (pink Himalayan salt) to taste
ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup each chopped onion, green peppers and mushrooms sauteed in 2 tbsp butter
a large pinch of marjoram
Whisk eggs and cream. Add dijon mustard, cheese, salt and pepper.
Add the contents of the strained crab meat, mix well.
Add sauteed onions, peppers and mushrooms.
Grease your muffin tin. Using a measuring cup (I use a 1/3 cup) pour egg mixture into each well.
Bake for 18 minutes, turn oven off and keep them in oven for another three minutes.
It’s safe to say the egg cups are now my most favourite thing like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. They fit perfectly in those 8 oz snack sized containers from Ziplock and each one is one serving of egg.