Pancetta Ranchers

These little pancetta ranchers pack a big punch from the layering of ingredients. The cup is made from salty thin pancetta ranchers and filled with creamy eggs, sour cream, and sharp cheddar.  

From there, we add a little kick from cayenne and finish with the sweetness of a  ripe cherry tomato and smokiness from a sprinkling of smoked paprika. Then we finish it with a shake of champagne vinegar to add a welcoming tang.  

Pancetta ranchers egg cups with a cherry tomato in the center on a small white square serving plate garnished with dill.

These are the perfect go-to when your cherry tomatoes are in full bloom.  Pluck a couple and set them in these little ranchers.  The first time I tried them in egg cups, I was shocked at how their sweetness is highlighted.  It is now one of my favorite ways to cook with them.

This is one of many recipes to pair egg cups with cherry tomatoes.  You can remove the pancetta ranchers and turn this into an egg cup filled with vegetables, such as onions, peppers, and asparagus.  Use your favorite ingredients and experiment with the flavor profiles you and your humans prefer.  

Pancetta ranchers egg cups with a cherry tomato in the center on a small white

Pancetta Ranchers

Foodie de Froid
Servings 12 10
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
These little egg bites pack a big punch from the layering of ingredients. The cup is made from salty thin pancetta ranchers and filled with creamy, spicy, and smoky tones.
5 from 1 vote


  • 1 tbsp butter greasing pan
  • 12 pancetta ranchers - thin
  • 3 eggs large
  • 50 grams sour cream organic
  • 40 grams sharp cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 3 tbsp chopped chives freshly cut
  • 12 cherry tomatoes extra small
  • tsp cayenne or to taste
  • smoked paprika one shake per rancher
  • champagne vinegar 1 splash per cup - optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease the mini-muffin tin with the butter.
    1 tbsp butter
  • Slice each pancetta rancher in half and lay both slices in each cup to form a cup that covers the bottom and the sides. Slicing them in half eases the process.
    12 pancetta
  • In a two or four-cup measuring cup, whisk the eggs. Add the sour cream, chives, and cayenne. Whisk until incorporated.
    50 grams sour cream, 3 tbsp chopped chives, ⅛ tsp cayenne
  • Fill the cups with half of the cheddar cheese, distributing them equally among the cups. Pour the egg mixture into each cup. Doing this in two rounds allows the egg mixture to settle and ensures you equally distribute the liquid. Top the egg mixture with the remaining shredded cheddar. Sprinkle each cup with smoked paprika.
    12 cherry tomatoes, smoked paprika, 40 grams sharp cheddar cheese
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until eggs are set.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for two to three minutes. Remove the ranchers from each cup with a rubber spatula and place them on a serving plate. If desired, top each rancher with a splash of champagne vinegar.
    champagne vinegar

Kitchen Equipment


Tip for the shredded Cheese:  The finer the shred, the easier it is to layer into the cups evenly, which makes for a beautifully finished egg cup.
Chives:  Replace the fresh chives with two thinly sliced scallions.
Extra Small Cherry Tomatoes:  Slice in half and use only 6
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American, Italian
Calories 53


Serving: 12gCalories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 273IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword cups, eggs, pancetta
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De Froid Tip: Garnish

 Garnishes are a creative way to provide color, texture, and taste contrast to your dish.  In addition, it gives the presentation a finished look.  Because of this, it’s helpful to train your brain to think about what you’d like on hand when you go to the market.

Herbs pair beautifully with certain foods.  Mint is a go-to for desserts.  Dill is used for many salads, including potatoes.  Garnishes can be that perfectly crisp crouton atop a cup of soup or a slice of dill pickle next to your burger.

Have fun tapping into your creativity and imagination. Look at your finished dish.  What color would compliment it?  What texture would add interest?  

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