Monday, March 11, 2013

Baked Eggs with Cheese

Jeremy has decided that he wants to learn how to cook. So he's asked me to look up a new recipe each week that he can make for dinner.

He already knows how to make burgers and pasta; so I want to expand his horizons a bit, but without nudging him to make anything too terribly complicated and frustrating. Cooking is supposed to be fun, after all!

So I thought that a lovely egg dish - perfect as a light supper or as a breakfast/brunch dish, too - would be a good one to start with.

And while these baked eggs are ridiculously simple - crack eggs into small dishes, top with cream and cheese, bake - they are really, really good. They're also sufficiently sophisticated that the end result far exceeds the sum of the very pedestrian parts.

Jeremy made an exceptionally nice dinner, and I'll happily encourage him to keep cooking delicious things!

Baked Eggs with Cheese

(adapted from the recipe for Shirred Eggs in The American Lighthouse Cookbook by Ed Jackson and Becky Sue Epstein)

kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 eggs
4 tablespoons half-and-half
4 generous tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
2 medium scallions, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 425F. Grease 4 6-ounce ramekins or shallow baking dishes and place them onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle the dishes with salt and pepper.

Break 3 eggs into each of the dishes. Top each dish with 1 tablespoon half-and-half, 1 tablespoon Parmesan, and a sprinkling of the scallions.

Bake the eggs for 15 minutes, until set but slightly soft in the center; bake for a few minutes longer if you want the eggs to be firm. (Yes, Judy of Cranberry Morning, I'm noting this just for you, knowing how you loathe those runny yolks!)

Serve hot, accompanied by fruit, bagels, etc.

Makes 4 servings.


Jenn said...

I love that Jeremy wants to learn how to cook! And this is a great easy recipe to start with... but oooohhhh.. so good!! And Judy has no idea what she's missing out on with no runny yolks!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh Mary, thank you SO much for giving me permission to bake them just a bit longer. lol And I never thought of baking eggs. Have fun, Jeremy!

And please, Jenn, keep your runny yolks to yourself! ;-)

Candace said...

Mmmmm! That looks delicious! Nice job, Jeremy. I know you were so blessed to have dinner prepared for you by your son. Maybe someday my son will do that for me. I have never thought to bake eggs before. I love a runny yolk. :)

Karen Harris said...

Don't ya love it when your kid finally realizes that they can learn something from you? Jeremy is a lucky guy having the Food Floozie for a mom. Great looking recipe!

Judee said...

some of the simpller recipes are the best.
Sounds like a real comfort food to me.

Chris said...

Good for Jeremy! It's an obsessive slope though :)

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