Monday, January 9, 2012

Spinach & Egg Fillo Cups {Checkin' in with the Chickens}

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I have some exciting news about our chickens!

HeartKiss laid her first egg! An Ameraucana, HeartKiss lays blue-green eggs. B (4) found this one behind a bush. HeartKiss is still learning to use the coop nesting boxes for laying. The next day Nice Girl got the idea and started laying too.  Peer pressure?
Aside from the heartache of losing a few chickens to predators, raising hens has been so much fun. Remember meeting our chicks here and here? They are such sweet and gentle animals. Watching them play in the backyard and hearing them clucking is surprisingly relaxing. It almost makes me feel like we are living in the French countryside. Almost.


And the eggs... Not only are they beautiful, they are taste fresher too.  I love that our girls are gaining an appreciation for where eggs come from and learning that food does not originate from a grocery store. The girls thank the chickens when they collect the eggs and give them big bear-hugs.
Eggs and spinach baked into fillo dough make a healthy, low calorie, high protein breakfast, lunch or dinner. This recipe is elegant enough for a fancy brunch, but simple enough for a busy weekday. I like this for dinner with a side salad. Left overs are perfect for packed lunches. The idea for this recipe came from a mermaid birthday brunch we attended last week. My friend, Devon, made yummy eggs baked into turkey cups. I simply vegetarian-ized the idea.


Spinach & Egg Fillo Cups 

makes 12
1 box fillo dough, thawed 
6 oz baby spinach
2 oz favorite cheese, sliced
12 eggs 
Chives, sliced for garnish 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a muffin pan with cooking spray. 

Lay 5 sheets of fillo dough on top of each other, spraying each sheet lightly with cooking spray, or brushing with olive oil.

Using a 4" round cookie cutter, or a similarly sized dish to cut around, cut out 12 circles of dough. Press circles into a muffin pan.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add spinach and a pinch of salt and pepper and toss until wilted. Place wilted spinach into each fillo cup. Top with a slice of cheese. Crack one egg into each cup. Bake until egg is cooked but yolk is still slightly runny, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with chives.
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67 comments:

  1. I love it that you are raising your own chickens to farm you own (beautiful) eggs. This dish sounds fantastic and simple.

    *Erin

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  2. How delicate and beautiful this breakfast looks! The colors of those eggs are just gorgeous!

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  3. oh bestill my heart!!!!! this is just amazing!!!! i mean over the top fabulous and the photography rivals the best of the best! i know that i will be ordering an sensational cookbook from you in the near future and i want an autograph!!!!! : ) these eggs are what i dream of -- but i will have to live with my free range eggs for now : ) sending hugs and tons of thanks for being just so incredibly fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Really beautiful Marina. I've just discovered fresh eggs, I can't believe the difference. But I have to go to a local market to get them. Your daughters must be having a ball. I'll be visiting friends and family next week in LA, I'm so excited to get back, even if it's only for a week.

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  5. I'm lucky to have a neighbor who is generous enough to give me fresh eggs. The difference is simply outstanding.

    Your photography is outstanding, too. Absolutely beautiful.

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  6. This breakfast is beautiful! I've never thought to use fillo as a "cup" before!

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  7. this is great idea!!! looks so yummy!!!

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  8. Incredible! Totes jealz that you have chickens. And those eggs are EYE CANDY.

    I'm making these fillo cups, dangit!

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  9. Of course you have your own chickens- you are wonderwoman! :) These cups look amazing. I love spinach and egg together and put it into a nice perfect pastry crust and you have a winner for sure

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  10. What beautiful eggs!!! Almost too pretty to cook!

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  11. I LOVE these. Looks so light and pretty - perfect for brunch. I am so jealous of your hens. That is one of my long term goals! Great job.

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  12. I love th color of those eggs.

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  13. I can't get over how beautiful the eggs are! Such a lovely color.

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  14. I love the presentation of this! So elegant, and they look delicious!

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  15. Ok, this is so simple yet so gourmet. WOW! My daughter would actually love this as she loves eggs. I am hosting a baby shower in a couple of weeks and this is definitely going to be one of the things I make.

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  16. Now I want to move to a farm. Or at least be more farmer-like. ;) My sister in TN has a friend who "grows" her own eggs. Ha. My sis says they are the best tasting eggs and her boys will now only eat farm fresh eggs. :)

    I love these pictures. (Egg in her hand...beautiful. That's a framer.) I love the story that goes along WITH the pictures and obviously the actual food looks incredible. You are so talented. What a joy for your children to grow up with such neat experiences.

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  17. Just found your blog from Kelly's at Eat Yourself Skinny.. its great!! and I'm from Santa Barbara too! :)

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  18. This is absolutley an amazing recipe and one I will trying ASAP!!! LOVE this:)

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  19. Yum! And beautiful pictures (once again) I kinda want my chickens someday:)

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  20. So super cool, almost too pretty to eat! Love the color of those eggs.

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  21. I love this post, and the photos of your beautiful eggs. My friends recently purchased a coop with 4 hens, and I thought it was a great practice in being more self-sufficient. I can't wait to see the fruit of "their" labor, and to pass along this simple recipe!

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  22. What a beautiful plate of food there! Wow!

    And Miss Chicken is a beauty, too! A friend of mine raises chickens. Her eggs taste so much better. There really is a difference!

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  23. Your chickens lay beautiful eggs! What a lovely little egg dish~YUM! That is so cute that your girls give the chickens bear-hugs:)

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  24. Hooray for you, Marina! I had heard that there was some drama & loss of some of your chickens. So sorry about that. I am glad the remaining ladies are on track. As you have already discovered, once you get used to fresh eggs all the time, you won't go back! Our girls are just picking up with the laying again as well. Time to get busy in the kitchen...

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  25. Beautiful! Do you think pre-cut wonton wrappers would work by layering a few to cover the cups? Can't wait to try them, my son will be thrilled with this healthy breakfast.

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  26. Yes, pre-cut wonton wrappers would be perfect! Great idea.

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  27. I am so chicken (pun intended LOL) to work with fillo. Look so yummy though.

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  28. these look so pretty....tasty too I am sure. Lovely photos.

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  29. Marina - Beautiful! I am so jealous that you have your own Ameraucana chickens. And your eggs look delish - so cleaver!
    -E

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  30. Such a great idea for what to do with gorgeous, home-raised eggs! Now, if only we could figure out how to showcase those beautiful, turquoise shells.

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  31. That looks delicious and so beautiful! Did you have any trouble with the fillo getting crispy on the bottom? Last night, I pressed wonton wrappers into muffin tins and filled them with some crab and spinach, but they didn't get crispy underneath. I suppose I should have prebaked them.

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  32. Mmmm these look scrumptious. I wish I could raise my own chickens!

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  33. Your pictures make me smile. How wonderful to have fresh, home-raised eggs!

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  34. Oh you're lucky, congratulations!!!

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  35. That is fabulous that you raise your own chickens. I hope to do that some day--inspiration! These look fabulous and super easy too. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Heather, the fillo did crisp up nicely. Thanks for sharing the info about the wonton wrappers. What was the temp? Perhaps it would help if it the temperature was increased?

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  37. What a great idea..and the variations are endless.I may have to try this for a girls movie night I have coming up!!

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  38. First thing I have to say is your photography is beautiful. Your photos look so soft, delicate and appetizing. Also the dish is a wonderful idea! I love the idea of using philo cups for eggs. Simple, elegant and perfect!

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  39. Oh my goodness. I have so much to say! First, such gorgeous photography. I love the picture of the blue egg. Two, how wonderful to have chickens and collect eggs! That's an amazing experience for the girl's I'm sure. Three, that recipe is making my mouth water. I can't wait to try it! xo

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  40. Marina, I baked them at 350 for about 25 minutes, and only the corners that poked up around the edges got crisp. I'll try again at a higher heat, or maybe just folding them on a baking sheet so they get more air circulation.

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  41. Look at those beautiful eggs. I love the colors. Martha, would be so proud. I love the way you made these eggs. I make eggs in mini sour dough bread but anything with fillo calls my name.

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  42. Val, eggs in mini sour dough sounds great! Have you posted that recipe?

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  43. you spell it "fillo." i spell it "phyllo" but it all tastes so flaky and delicious! ;)

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  44. I absolutely love that you have chickens! Those eggs look like perfection. I will be making this for breakfast this week. Thanks for sharing!!

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  45. Marina...love this recipe & the story about your hens! Congrats on the great egg laying success, such a pretty blue egg. This recipe looks beyond amazing :) Your photos are splendid!

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  46. Your photos are the most gorgeous things ever! Makes the food look even better! I'm excited to start following!

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  47. WOW these look gorgeous. Beautiful photos!

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  48. This is genius and coming from your own animal is a great way for your children to learn about food, fantastic and I have to try these, should I buy a chicken first?
    ;) Take care.

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  49. Gorgeous pictures, these look amazing!! :)

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  50. Yum- again! LOVE your blog...so much so I gave you an award! Check it out if you want.

    http://www.perspectiveparenting.com/2012/01/11/spread-the-sunshine/

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  51. wonderful post! I wish I could have time and space for some chooks!

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  52. This is what I call positive peer pressure! What absolutely beautiful eggs and how exciting - I can only imagine how wonderful they tasted - I love the little fillo cups
    Mary x

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  53. Love that you raise your own chickens. That blue-green egg is beautiful btw! I haven't baked with fillo dough yet, but I'm glad to see this easy recipe using it!

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  54. oh my goodness Marina! look at those chickens! I wish I have some, maybe then I'd make egg dishes for my family more often.
    The blue egg is so cute!

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  55. I just found your blog a few days ago and I love it! This recipe looks so good, I want to try it!
    http://fashionablyspeakn.blogspot.com/2012/01/vintage-of-day.html

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  56. I love the simplicity of spinach and eggs :) And the fact that your girls hug and thank the chickens is altogether adorable!

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  57. What a great idea!! These would be beautiful for brunch, simple and elegant. You have such a beautiful presentation with your food. How exciting to find the egg. Raising chickens sounds like an amazing experience.

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  58. Marina- those photos are gorgeous!!! I'm pinning for sure! I was just reading some cookbooks, and then remembered to check your site for some recipes:) I'm reading through your older posts now! Have a great weekend!

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  59. Fresh eggs are the best! These filo cups look delicious. In February my book club is having a Saturday brunch, and you have given me my menu item. Thank you! (we had to switch our regular Tuesday evening date due to the holiday weekend and folks planning to be away.)

    Looking forward to all your recipes for 2012.

    --Mari

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  60. Oh wow! What beautiful eggs and this looks like such a yummy dish! Must try soon {if only from the eggs outside our own house!} :)

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  61. What a pretty way to serve eggs! I pinned this and put it on my facebook page. You are amazing Marina! XoXo

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  62. I have been needing some new breakfast ideas and this looks fantastic!! Thank you!

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  63. I love making egg cups! Your presentation is stunning as always. I miss having my chickens. Congrats on the first egg!

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  64. How fun! Those eggs are awesome! This looks incredible!

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  65. Love this recipe and absolutely LOVE that you have your own chickens. As soon as my husband and I leave Asia, we want to raise our own too!

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  66. looks so yummy! can't wait to make some.

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