Herbed-Baked Eggs

Yes, yes, I have joined yet another baking group. This one, Barefoot Bloggers, was started by Tara of Smells Like Home, and is devoted to cooking/baking Ina Garten recipes twice a month. I was drawn to this group for a few reasons:

#1 – I could stand to focus on cooking for a change instead of always baking – variety is the spice of life, no?
#2 – I love Ina Garten.
#3 – My sister bought me Ina’s Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook for Christmas and it has been neglected.

Definitely good reasons. Now on to the food!

Our first recipe was Herbed-Baked Eggs, which I had actually watched Ina make on an episode of Barefoot Contessa. They looked fabulous, and I was looking forward to trying them. Some butter and cream is heated to bubbling under a broiler, and then three eggs are slipped into the gratin dish, covered with a mixture of herbs and Parmesan cheese. What a wonderful dish, and something so quick yet fancy enough to serve to breakfast guests. The eggs need a bit longer than the 5-6 minutes Ina estimates under the broiler, but the taste is just fabulous.

Herbed-Baked Eggs

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan
6 extra-large eggs
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toasted French bread or brioche, for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat the broiler for 5 minutes and place the oven rack 6 inches below the heat.

2. Combine the garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and Parmesan and set aside. Carefully crack 3 eggs into each of 2 small bowls or teacups (you won't be baking them in these) without breaking the yolks. (It's very important to have all the eggs ready to go before you start cooking.)

3. Place 2 individual gratin dishes on a baking sheet. Place 1 tablespoon of cream and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in each dish and place under the broiler for about 3 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Quickly, but carefully, pour 3 eggs into each gratin dish and sprinkle evenly with the herb mixture, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place back under the broiler for 5 to 6 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are almost cooked. (Rotate the baking sheet once if they aren't cooking evenly.) The eggs will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven. Allow to set for 60 seconds and serve hot with toasted bread.

(Recipe adapted from Barefoot in Paris)

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24 Responses to “Herbed-Baked Eggs”

  1. Joelen on May 29, 2008 at 8:27 am

    This looks great and such a perfect breakfast!

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  2. Elizabeth on May 29, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Chelley, these look GREAT!

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  3. erin on May 29, 2008 at 8:42 am

    These look fabulous! YUM!

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  4. Gay on May 29, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I really love this one! I made it twice already :)

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  5. Aud on May 29, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Chelle!

    You’ve been such a bad (good) influence on me! I’ve recently become addicted to cooking blogs. I’ve starred so many recipes in my Google reader to try out. I’ve been so excited to use all the new cookware from the wedding gifts. The husband is loving it too. :)

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. April on May 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Looks delicious!

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  7. Kate on May 29, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Is it weird to say that eggs look cute?

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  8. Melissa on May 29, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I agree…a perfect easy fancy breakfast!

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  9. smellslikehome on May 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    love the way they turned out Chelle!

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  10. Jessica on May 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    These look fantastic…in fact, they do look cute!

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  11. Mara on May 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    that looks tasty! i used to cook a lot more but now it’s mostly about baking. i just watched my first episode of ina’s show this last wkd for some dark choco angel food cake she was showcasing, and i was thinking that i liked the whole show’s recipes!!

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  12. Rebecca on May 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I’m looking forward to giving my ignored Contessa cookbooks a workout, too. Can’t wait to try this one tomorrow.

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  13. Heather on May 29, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    yum! They look so delicious! Great job!

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  14. Sylvie on May 30, 2008 at 5:49 am

    I think I’d happily eat those any time of the day, not just at breakfast.

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  15. kdgreen on May 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I needed a little push to cook instead of bake as well! Your eggs look fabulous.

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  16. Meg on June 3, 2008 at 10:11 am

    oh god i loooooove baked eggs!

    Reply

  17. Amber on June 3, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Oh wow, these look totally sinful! I bet my husband would absolutely love them.

    Reply

  18. joejhorn on June 23, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Very cool. I just did some on my wordpress blog with cream and some bacon. They were awesome. If you want to check out the recipe you can find it at http://cookingquest.wordpress.com.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Reply

  19. Melissa on July 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Wow, I made these tonight for dinner, and this might be my new favorite way to eat eggs! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Reply

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  22. Tiffany Youngren on January 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Oh my – these look phenomenal!!

    ~ Tiffany

    Transfer of Health
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