What’s the Best Way to Cook Eggs for a Crowd?

December 12, 2015 | By | Comments (0)

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You might have a big holiday crowd headed to your house in a few weeks, and if you’re anything like my family, breakfast is the meal you look forward to most (sorry, Christmas dinner). My mom’s breakfast casserole is legendary, and my dad loves cooking up skillet after skillet of bacon and sausage.

But we’re just cooking for a family of four, so if your crowd is bigger, here’s a handy tip for cooking eggs with ease. Scrambled eggs are obviously easy to do for a crowd. Mix up as many eggs as you want, then scramble in batches until it’s all cooked. This also helps if you have picky palates that don’t like their eggs scrambled soft or ones who prefer a higher cheese-to-egg ratio.

My new favorite trick involves cooking eggs with a rimmed cookie sheet, however. Pop the pan into a cold oven and preheat to 500º. Once the oven is preheated, pull the pan out of the oven, spray with cooking spray, and crack as many eggs as you need to cook, giving a little space between each one. Carefully return the pan to the oven and bake for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, use your spatula to “cut” apart the eggs. Flip eggs over (if you don’t like sunny-side up eggs) and return to oven for 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Repeat as necessary to have enough eggs for your crowd. It works beautifully! I promise!

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I cooked two for this photo (so as not to waste any food), but I’ve done as many as six at once. Most pans could easily hold eight, maybe more. Just be careful lowering the eggs into the oven. A rimmed cookie sheet works best.

While you’ve got the eggs cooking, make speedy (and mess-free) work of your bacon with this handy cooking trick.

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