● Mushrooms and vegetables of your choice (I used shiitake mushrooms here)
A small amount (2 shiitake mushrooms)
● Melting cheese
20 g (1 slice of sliced cheese)
● Tomato ketchup
● Sugar (optional)
● Curry powder
1/2 scant teaspoon
Cherry tomato (optional)
1 or so
★ Tomato ketchup
★ Okonomiyaki sauce
Chop up any ingredients to be used as filling finely. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half horizontally.
Mix the ● ingredients together well, then add the chopped up ingredients from step 1. (If using cheese, rip it up or chop it up finely.)
Heat some oil in a frying pan, pour in the mixture from Step 2, and make soft set scrambled eggs.
Line a small heatproof container (such as a small teacup) with plastic wrap. Put a cherry tomato half in cut-side down.
Add the cooked egg to the cup.
Wrap up in the plastic wrap and twist closed.
Invert, and microwave for about a minute at 500-600 W. Leave to cool and set.
Mix the ★ ingredients together in a cup.
Put the combined sauce on top of the egg balls. Top with parsley (optional) and they're done.
Substitute another slice of cheese for the mayonnaise for a richer flavor, to taste.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to come up with a recipe for a cute bento item that can be made with eggs and cheese, even when there's no meat on hand. The added hamburger sauce gives them a rich flavor. Even chopped up vegetables are gobbled up when they're in these little balls.
If you are putting these in bentos for small children, they may be easier to eat if you cut them into 3 or 4 pieces. You can put anything in the middle such as a small piece of bell pepper or carrot, finely chopped. Adjust the microwave cooking time. If you add a bit of sugar, they'll be subtly sweet.