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Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites (Instant Pot)

I love my Instant Pot. It’s no secret! 

But I mean, for real, what’s not to love? It slices! It dices! Okay, not really, BUT it does steam, pressure cook, slow cook and make yogourt. 

You may have noticed that there are a lot of accessories out there on the market for the IP. I have been reticent to jump into this market so far. I’ve made things using accessories in the pot, but they were things I just happened to have already, like my 7″ springform pan, which makes a perfect cheesecake in the IP (stay tuned, I’ll be demoing this recipe at the West Coast Small Home Expo on June 2). Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites

One thing I do quite a lot of in the Instant Pot is eggs. I take 4 free range eggs and cook them on manual for 4 minutes on the trivet with a bit of water in the bottom of the pot. As soon as the 4 minutes are up, I release the pressure, pull them out, and put them into a cold water bath. This makes the perfect, jammy-yolked egg. I keep them in the fridge for a high-protein snack; they go into Michael’s lunches, and they’re great for a grab-and-go breakfast or lunch.

But I was curious about doing something with eggs that was a bit more sophisticated. I started thinking about the Sous Vide Egg Bites at Starbucks. Now, I’ve made mini frittatas in muffin tins, but you can’t get a muffin tin in the Instant Pot. So, the Starbucks Egg Bites are like little mini 2-bite frittatas, and one of the things I like about them is that you can easily customize the flavour by adding in whatever ingredients appeal to you. In my case, because I don’t eat meat, I want something more vegetable-forward. 

Additionally, those things are not cheap! They are $5 for 2, and I knew I could do something just as good for much cheaper. 

So I broke down and finally bought these silicone egg bite molds. They come in a pack of two, so to further save money, you could even split the purchase with a friend. 

Oh–and–you can use them for more than just eggs! I made brownies in mine, and next up, I’m going to try making mini-cheesecakes. Oh yeah!

Okay, so here is the basic recipe, but feel free to sub out whatever I have in there for whatever you like. You could even make half-and-half if you, for example, have a mix of omnis and vegheads in your house. 

Watch this video to learn how easy they are to make:

 

Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites (Instant Pot)

Ingredients

  • 4 free-range eggs (large)
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup vegetarian sausage or bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup kale, stripped off the stem, washed, and sauteed lightly
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Method

  1. Crack your eggs into the jar of your blender (you could also make this with an immersion blender in a deep container if you like), and then add in the cottage cheese. Season well with salt and pepper. Blend well until light and foamy. 
  2. Spray the insides of the egg bite mold with a little non-stick spray, or lightly brush with oil. 
  3. Place a little of the sausage or bacon crumbles in each hole of the egg bites mold. Then place a few greens on top, and finally, some cheese. Carefully pour the egg mixture overtop of each one, filling it up almost to the top (the egg bites may “grow” a little). 
  4. Place the top on, or cover loosely with foil. 
  5. In the bottom of the Instant  Pot, place about 1-2 cups water, then put the trivet in. Carefully place the silicone egg bites on top of the trivet. Check the seal on your lid and seal the top on, making sure the pressure valve is closed. 
  6. Cook on the steam function for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes are up, release the steam and carefully pull the mold out (it’s hot!). 
  7. Remove the top, and place a plate overtop of the mold, then carefully flip upside down to release the egg bites. 
  8. Store in a container in the fridge. 

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Cauliflower.

Humble. Hearty. Arguably–bland. And yet, at the same time, the hottest vegetable around these days.

You can blame the Paleo-Keto-ists. Or the vegetarians. Or the Vegans. Whatever. It doesn’t really matter. Cauliflower is hot.

Cauliflower Gnocchi

From Cauliflower mash replacing mashed potatoes, to pizza crusts, “steaks,” “wings” and more…

Cauliflower gnocchi is something I’ve been curious about for a while. I mean, I love gnocchi. I make it all the time, and this time of the year, I mostly make it from yams or squash. It’s become one of those things I’m finally starting to get the hang of, and not need to look up a recipe for.

I was entranced by Amanda Cohen’s appearance recently on Iron Chef Canada. Her vegetarian NYC restaurant, Dirt Candy, is now on my bucket list. They do, it’s said, a Cauliflower and Waffles that is to die for.

On Iron Chef, the secret ingredient was… wait for it… Cauliflower! And one of the dishes Chef Cohen made was Cauliflower Gnocchi.

I tried to do this one gluten free, but was unable to make it work. I’ll experiment some more and perhaps come back to you with a gluten-free version.

I was most impressed by the texture of this gnocchi. It’s pillowy and soft in the middle, but because you finish it in a frying pan, it has a nice crispy edge. It needs very little accompaniment. I serve mine tossed in a little pesto, with a grating of parmesan.Gnocchi

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • additional parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Start by removing the outer leaves from the cauliflower. Cut out the core and separate into florets.
  2. Place half the florets into a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is coarsely ground and resembles rice. Remove to a bowl and repeat for the second batch.
  3. Add a couple tablespoons of water to the bowl of cauliflower rice and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir, and microwave for another 5 minutes. If you don’t have a microwave, spread it in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking tray, and bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove and allow to cool enough so you can handle it.
  5. Place the cauliflower rice in a kitchen towel or a cheesecloth, and begin to squeeze the water out of it. Continue until you get as much moisture out of the cauliflower as possible.
  6. Place the cauliflower back in the bowl and add the ricotta, egg, salt and pepper and nutmeg. Stir well to combine.
  7. Now add the 2 tbsp of corn starch and 1/2 cup of flour, and stir to combine. Continue adding 1/2 cup of flour at a time until your dough is the right consistency. You’ll need to turn it out onto a board to knead it. The final consistency should be still a little tacky, but it shouldn’t be gooing up all over your hands. You may not need the entire 2 cups of flour, or you may need a bit more, depending on the wetness of your cauliflower.
  8. Once the dough is the right texture, place it back in the bowl and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from the fridge and divide in half. Roll each half out into a long rope, then using a bench scraper or a butter knife, chop off 1″ chunks.
  10. Bring a large salted pot of water to a boil. Carefully drop the individual gnocchi into the pot one at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. You’ll need to work in batches. Mine took four batches. Stir the gnocchi well once they are all in the pot. You know they are done when they rise to the top, about 4-5 minutes.
  11. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon or spider, and allow to drain.
  12. Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil and an equal amount of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add your gnocchi to it, and allow to brown a little on the outside, stirring occasionally. Add more oil if needed. Stir in a couple tablespoons of pesto and toss well to combine.
  13. Plate the gnocchi with a drizzle of olive oil and a grating of parmesan cheese.
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