What is a ramekin? They’re those little glazed ceramic or porcelain bowls, usually white, that you see in fancy restaurants. They come in various sizes from 2-ounce up to 12-ounce. They’re commonly used to serve individual portions of condiments such as salsa, ketchup, guacamole, or butter. However, ramekins are designed to withstand the high heat of an oven, so there’s many more things you can do with them than just serve barbecue sauce.
Pizzakin – pizza in a ramekin! Pizzakins are perfect if everyone wants pizza but no one can agree on toppings; just have everyone make their own pizza in a ramekin! Just combine your favorite pizza ingredients such as spinach, chicken, pepperoni, or mushrooms in a bowl with your favorite sauce. Pour into the ramekin and top with a ramekin-sized piece of pizza dough (although biscuit dough works equally well and is easy to eat with a fork). Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until the dough turns golden brown, and enjoy your personalized pizzakins!
Want to make breakfast for one, or make a whole bunch of personalized mini-omelets? Ramekins are perfect for this – just fill the ramekin with your ingredients such as ham, broccoli, some bread if you want a hearty crust, and some cheese. You can even throw in some fresh or frozen hash browns. Then simply crack an egg in each ramekin, place them on a baking sheet in the oven for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees F, and you have perfect mini-omelets.
Everyone loves molten chocolate cakes – those perfect gooey chocolatey treats filled with oozing chocolate goodness. Turns out, they’re super easy to make in a ramekin. All you need to do is spray the inside of the ramekins with non-stick spray and coat with cocoa powder (to make sure the cakes pop out of the ramekins perfectly). Then fill up the ramekin with your favorite chocolate cake batter. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8-10 minutes; the outside of the cakes will bake fully and the centers will be left gooey and delicious.
Tacos are a family favorite, and perfect for making in ramekins. Grab your favorite taco ingredients such as ground beef, taco seasoning, onions, peppers, rice and beans, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, or whatever else strikes your fancy. Combine in a bowl. Instead of taco shells, spread biscuit dough into the bottom and sides of the ramekin. Fill with your taco ingredients and bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
Baked Fontina Orzo
This dish is warm and comforting and is easy to customize for your whole family. Cook the orzo pasta and then combine in a bowl with fontina cheese and some veggies such as roasted red peppers, olives, or diced asparagus. Divide into ramekins, then whisk two eggs with one and a half cups of milk and pour over the orzo mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes and get ready for a delicious and simple dinner.
Little mini fruit cobblers are a perfect dessert when you’re craving fruit, and they’re relatively easy to make, with tons of different recipes online that you can use. You mainly just grab your favorite fruit such as blackberries, strawberries, apples, or peaches; chop them up and mix with some corn starch and sugar and add to the ramekin. Then you can use any cobbler crust recipe you want and put it over top of the fruit mixture, and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. So easy and so delicious.
Microwave Crème Brûlée
Crème brûlée is one of those awesome, decadent desserts that you usually only get to eat when you go to a fancy, high-end restaurant. Well no more. With three ingredients and a ramekin, you can eat them all day long (not that I advise doing that). Simply melt a ramekin’s worth of ice cream in the microwave and then combine with one egg yolk. Place the ramekin in a deep pan full of hot water and heat in the oven at 325 degrees F for 40-50 minutes; then place the set crème brûlée in the refrigerator for two hours. Then, sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar on top, broil until brown, and you’re all set to enjoy the best of the best desserts.