|5 ml||olive oil|
|200 g||bacon — streaky|
|500 ml||spinach — chopped|
|8||eggs — large|
|250 ml||mozzarella cheese — grated|
|500 ml||self-raising flour|
|freshly ground black pepper — pinch|
|60 ml||canola oil — or vegetable oil|
|tomato sauce — to serve|
|side salad — to serve|
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a six-holed muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Fry the bacon for 2–3 minutes on each side until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and chop finely.
Bring a pot of water to the boil. Add the spinach, cook for 20 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon. Keep the water boiling for the eggs. Refresh the spinach in cold water, drain and squeeze out all the excess water with your hands. Drain on a clean kitchen towel. Gently add 6 eggs to the warm water and bring it up to a simmer. Boil for 7 minutes and refresh under cold water. Peel the eggs.
Toss the chopped bacon and spinach together. Stir in the mozzarella, flour, salt and pepper. Whisk the buttermilk, the remaining two eggs and oil together until smooth. Gently stir it in with the rest of the mixture without over-mixing it.
Place a big tablespoonful of the mixture into each of the holes of the muffin tin. Make an indent in each and position an egg, standing upright, in the middle. Divide the rest of the mixture between the muffins. Make sure the eggs are fully covered with the muffin mixture. Bake for 15–18 minutes until golden and cooked through. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Refrigerate in an airtight container until needed. Serve with tomato sauce and a side salad, if you prefer.
- The muffins can be made the day before. Simply store them in the fridge and pack or serve the following day.
- Boiled eggs are easier to peel when done under cold running water.